by ANDRE RAYGOZA
Microsoft takes the leap into the development of hologram operating technology, they don’t use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what they hope to be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples to show how you might use three dimensional digital images or holograms in daily life. There is a variety of different things that could be done with the HoloLens technology. You can perform a simple home repair, pretend to be a scientist studying the surface of Mars and exploring a colorful animated game that added new dimensions to an unremarkable room.
Microsoft unveiled HoloLens at its headquarters this week, on the same day the company touted its upcoming windows 10 software release. The device may be unfinished but shows a lot of potential to a lot of people. Some of the world’s biggest tech companies are working on wearable devices that aim to create realistic, three dimensional representations of alien worlds or imaginary creatures.
Google’s computerized eyewear, Glass, isn’t technically a virtual reality device, but it shows the challenge of winning consumer acceptance. Google introduced Glass in 2012 with a Vegas style stunt that introduced mountain bikes and skydivers landing on the roof of a convention center. Last week it suspended consumers sales after many people balked at the notion of wearing a digital camera and Internet connected device on their head.
Google has invested in a secretive start up, Magic Leap, that is working on virtual reality. Samsung and Oculus VR, which facebook bought for $2 billion last year, are developing gaming headsets that essentially block the wearers view and replace it with an imaginary world. Smaller companies have developed headsets for industrial or business use.