Microsoft surprised just about everyone in the technology industry back in January 2015 when it announced its HoloLens mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD). The kit, which allows users to interact with holograms, promised to combine elements of both virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) experiences. The device has remained shrouded in mystery since that time, though the company has today revealed its Windows Holographic platform that users will interact with.
The platform was revealed at a demo during a Keynote talk at the ongoing Microsoft Build developer conference. The demo involved a virtual globe appearing in the centre of a stage, which then transformed into a menu with a tap of its side. Slates of videos and other applications appeared on a wall while a virtual dog sat on the floor. A gesture brought up a ‘Holographic Start Menu’ and the user then started Skype, pinning the appearing square into the wall. Other parts of the stage were then explored, including weather notifications from Hawaii and watching a movie trailer on a wall.
Saying ‘follow me’, the trailer then followed the user as he walked around the stage before he pinned it to a wall and scaled it to encompass the entire wall. A calender could also be found on a desk while a virtual robot rested by a chair.
No new release details for HoloLens were revealed at this time. This was a brief but exciting glimpse into just how HoloLens will work for users. VRFocus will continue to follow the kit closely, reporting back with the latest updates on it.