“Microsoft Futuristic Hololens headset is one of the wildest bits of Technology”
Microsoft Hololens is the first self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you.
Hololens is essentially a holographic computer built into a headset that lets you see, hear and interact with holograms within an environment such as a living room or an office space. Microsoft has built the headset without the need to be wirelessly connected to a PC and has used high definition lenses and spatial sound technology to create that immersive, interactive holographic experience.
The Hololens comes with semi-transparent holographic lenses which generate multi-dimensional full colour Holograms.
Microsoft has packed the Hololens with a series of sensors, along with a high-end CPU and GPU, which the company claims gives it ‘more computing power than the average laptop. Specifically, the headset features an inertial measurement unit, an ambient light sensor, one camera for measuring depth and four environment understanding cameras, all of which combine to process information about the environment you are in and how you are interacting with it.
On the top of that, a 2-megapixel camera allows you to capture videos and photos of your holographic exploits, while four built-in microphones will register voice commands.
When it comes to power, the Hololens features a battery that will allow for two to three hours use and up to two weeks to standby time. You will also be able to use the headset while it is charging over Micro USB. The battery is necessary due to the fact that Hololens is completely untethered which means that you don’t need a PC or any other external hardware in order to use it.
There is a whole bunch of other hardware that is designed to help the Hololens effects feel believable. The device has many sensors to sense your movements in a room and it uses this information along with layers of coloured glasses to create an image you can interact with or investigate from different angles.
Unique Uses of HoloLens
· Architecture and Home Design
· Projected Directions
· Pain Reduction
· Empathy Training
Hololens will be able to let you view and interact with work projects such as assembling 3D models, play games like Minecraft, video chat with Hologram versions of Skype contacts and even watch live content. It has a ability to create 3D objects, from assembling to choosing the colours, all using simple gestures that looks like Intel RealSense.
One of the most fascinating uses, at least for the folks at NASA, is that the headset will give NASA staff the ability to plant virtual flags in the terrain and works as if they are actually on the planet themselves.
Microsoft is also partnering with other companies to use Hololens in practical ways. Volvo is expected to bring the technology to its car showrooms where customers will be able to view different colour options for their chosen car and see safety features in action. The car maker is also expected to integrate Hololens tech into its autonomous vehicle projects.
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