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HoloLens : The Future Is Here

Updated on February 8, 2017

Microsoft Unveiling HoloLens

Microsoft has unveiled a new gadget (to the developers currently) to its existing collection. It’s known as HoloLens’s. Microsoft is currently the third most valuable brand in the market. It was started as a software company by its founder Bill Gates and Paul Allen. It has come a long way since then. Now Microsoft not only manufactures software for PC but is also responsible for making its own mobile devices such as Windows Phone and its Surface series of hybrid devices (can be used as a laptop and tablet). Till now Microsoft had not created something unimaginable. Yes, it has increased productivity through its Surface series of hybrid devices but it’s not known for doing something out of the blue. Well, Microsoft has done something unimaginable with its HoloLens.


What Is HoloLens?


HoloLens is the first virtual reality gadget of it’s kind. It provides a gateway between the virtual world and the real world. Yes, there are other virtual reality gadgets available from Samsung, HTC etc. But they are only capable of giving us a single view of the virtual world, what HoloLens has done is brought the virtual world into the real world. You can control the objects projected in front of you through the lens you are wearing. For example, you can get a 360-degree view of an object by rotating an object in front of you by the gesture of your fingers! You can zoom the image projected by the lens by pinching in the air the same way you do on your smartphone screen, the difference here is that you do not require any piece of hardware in order to do so. Microsoft is planning many applications for the device.


Applications Already Implemented

HoloLens has been used by medical schools. It has been used to get the 360 view of our human body with the internal organs. This will help students get a better idea about the position of organs in the human body which are not very clear in 2D printed books. The HoloLens also extend its application in space exploration. It is also being used by NASA as a tool to help their engineers, astronauts, and scientists. Few words from Jeff Norris (Project Manager| NASA JBL) “through a collaboration with Microsoft we building an application to support engineers responsible for the design and assembly of spacecraft, astronauts working on the International Space Station and scientist are now using Mars tool OnSight in mission operations”. The Onsight tool/application of HoloLens is not only restricted to scientists or engineers but can also be used by general public to explore the Red Planet or Mars. This application also allows creating a holograph captures of an astronaut and members of the Rover team who will act as guides in this exploratory journey. NASA calls this project “Destination Mars”. NASA is looking forward to opening Destination Mars exhibit at the Kennedy Space Centre Complex in 2016.


Application We Think Can Be Implemented


  • It can be used to make video calls more realistic by letting us see the person we are talking to, as if he were in front of us.

  • It can be used to view content on the internet and scribble on the browser with your own fingers.

  • HoloLens can be an excellent way to read books in front of your eyes with screen size equal to the size of the range of your eyes.

  • It can be used to do multitasking with ease.

  • HoloLens can be implemented to create a virtual classroom infinitely better than what is available through the technology today.

  • Well, you can even enjoy the applications of HoloLens in games. Imagine how cool it would be playing Minecraft with HoloLens!

  • It should get all the application’s which an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive can perform.


Conclusion


So here’s a quick look at the newest invention in the gadget industry, which has the potential to change the way we do things. It is likely to create scenarios beyond imagination. One will be able to connect the virtual world with the real world with the minimal use of hardware! Currently, HoloLens is sold for $3000 to developers to develop applications for the device. We hope that the projects soon becomes a grand success at a consumer level!


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