Microsoft’s Windows 10 briefing yesterday unveiled its new hologram-based augmented reality (AR) head-mounted display (HMD), the HoloLens. During the briefing, several videos were shown off based on the applications of the new device. The trailers showed how the device is intended to be used through gesture control. A number of different apps featured heavily throughout these trailers. Do they provide a glimpse at some of the software coming to HoloLens?
HoloLens is intended to bring together people’s real and digital lives. With this blend, the company will incorporate TV and Netflix. During the briefing Microsoft detailed how the use of gestures is key in using the device. Through simple gestures the user could be able to pause, play or even rewind. As well as this the audience might be able to place the screen anywhere they wish. Imagine being able to walk from one room to the other and place the video on another surface.
Another possible application would be having the Netflix screen on the wall and on a nightstand or coffee table have a user interface with all the films on the watch list, recommendations and recently watched content. It isn’t just a personal experience, there may be options for people to synchronise displays so that they are able to watch the same thing at the same time.
Also shown in the trailer was the icon for Facebook. It is unsurprising that social media would play such a large role in bringing the digital and real world together. It may be that that users can have a newsfeed going across the surface of the desk. The AR glasses may make hyperlinks easier to use also. Rather than bringing up another tab, the link might be placed next to the news feed. It could be a possibility to lay down in bed and have Facebook photos and newsfeeds on the ceiling and walls. While looking through newsfeeds, users could be liking things with a literal thumbs up, making full use of gesture control.
Another app showcased was a weather system. It is shown being propped up on a table as the weather in Maui. This shows how apps may be laid out in certain places. The same way users customise the apps for phone start screen, it could be that people will have a similar home screen in the kitchen or living room in the mornings. What might also be seen is the forecast for the rest of the days, suggestions on whether to wrap up warm or if it’s t-shirt weather.
The HoloLens isn’t just geared towards consumer use but also enterprises. Something heavily featured is how the device can help in design, whether it is motorbikes or houses. These things can become adjustable as the glasses are able to project what the final product will look like. Then the design could be adjusted using the gesture control. This can also be something consumers could use combined with 3D printing. Having the ability to take a pre-existing model, figure or anything that can be 3D printed, and simply scale the object and print.
After designs are created, they may be able to be shared using the One Drive. Almost instantaneously the person will be able to go straight from designing, to sending the file off to other colleagues all through the glasses. This has applications to be able to share information more freely. Future applications could allow two people to see the hologram from different perspectives as an effort to convey information. This could possibly be a way to make sharing content easier by being able to send something directly to another with the device on by throwing or pointing at them.
Currently release details have not been stated for the device or apps. VRFocus will keep you updated on Apps coming to HoloLens.