Last week saw the biggest technology reveal of 2015 thus far as Microsoft announced HoloLens, a new see-through head-mounted display (HMD) that projects holograms into real life environments. The company’s reveal has lead to discussion about just how to label the technology, as it avoided using the most obvious term, augmented reality (AR). However is seems as if Microsoft considers HoloLens to be ‘something different’ from both AR and indeed virtual reality (VR) too, if a recent statement from a company spokesperson is to be believed.
“Today’s efforts in VR and AR are truly exciting,” a Microsoft representative told Gamespot. “What we are talking about is something different.
“Holographic experiences on Windows are about delivering a mixed reality of both your digital world and your real world. We are integrating holograms into the world around you–transforming the ways you create, connect, and explore. We hope holographic experiences on Windows 10 will help drive continued innovation in this category.”
Many have labelled HoloLens are AR since its reveal but Microsoft is clearly hoping to distance itself from the term. HoloLens consists of three on-board processors that help render virtual objects that players can manipulate using their hands. So far the company has showcased an application in which users build their own objects that can be 3D printed. In terms of videogames, the popular Minecraft series has been adapted to take advantage of the technology, with players bringing up the series iconic landscape in the middle of their living room.
Currently there isn’t any release information on HoloLens or officially commented on support for the Xbox One console, though its compatibility with Windows 10 devices suggests that it will support the machine. Microsoft has said that, in terms of pricing, the technology’s cost will appeal to both consumers and enterprises. VRFocus will continue to follow the technology closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.