Last week Microsoft has introduced the HoloLones, which are a smart virtual reality (VR) headset for the home and office use.
The HoloLens are the product of Microsoft’s research project two years ago, where they played with the idea of linking holograms to your TV. This turned into a headset that sits on your head and runs the new holographic software.
Unlike something like the Oculus Rift, which presents you with a complete virtual world, the HoloLens has clear lenses, and imposes your holographic structures and worlds on the environment around you. In short, it’s an augmented reality device along the lines of something like Google Glass.
Microsoft has presented this new device at a great timing: the Google Glass is dead, the Oculus Rift and the Sony Project Morpheus are still yet to reach consumers, and the best of the rest have failed to really capture the imagination. Microsoft’s HoloLens is something a bit different, with potential to become a huge success. When comparing the HoloLens to the Google Glass it is very important to keep in mind that the HoloLens are not only wireless, but don’t require connection to any other device, which means that you can walk around in the office or home.
What future do you see for the HoloLens?