Microsoft, who have been on something of a tech forward roll lately, have been strangely silent when it comes to the world of virtual reality. Sony, after all, is one of their main rivals and that company has already teased their forthcoming Morpheus VR headset. Of course, there’s Facebook and their recent purchase of Oculus and the Rift VR headset. People were beginning to wonder if the big M would ever jump on board with something similar. After all, they are the company that gave us Kinect and, uh, that little paperclip helper dude from Windows 95. Well, at least week’s Windows 10 event they dropped the hammer down regarding their own unique take on the future of entertainment.
They are calling it the HoloLens and while it is an eyewear device similar in looks to the Rift and Morpheus, that’s where the similarities end. You see, while VR devices are concerned with bringing you into a virtual world, the HoloLens is concerned with the exact opposite. It wants to bring the virtual world to you. Thus, these glasses project holograms all over the real world, allowing you to interact with them. This brings it more in line with Google Glass than Oculus Rift, but it’s more an amalgam of both. As a matter of fact, they are calling it a ‘mixed reality’ headset. Yay! A new term! We love it when a new term is created. Who wants a cigar?
One major advancement that HoloLens has over Rift is that it runs as a stand alone device. You see, Rift needs to be connected to a computer. That’s where all of the CPU heavy lifting takes place. However, HoloLens runs all by its lonesome, which means less cords and clutter. The AR/VR “mixed reality’ gadget is still a ways off but, as you can see in the video below, the possibilities here are certainly staggering.