Microsoft fans will have to wait until fall 2015 for Microsoft 10, but it seems to be worth waiting for. The computer giant will likely release their new operating system along with a highly interesting device, called HoloLens. This headset device is all about augmented reality. After watching the demo video Microsoft released about the device, you may fairly conclude that this is what Google Glass on LSD must look like. Not in a bad way, really, as the headset enables you to not just see virtual elements on a tiny display that is in front of one of your eyes (as is the case with Google Glass). No, with this device you’ll become able to see virtual elements popping up anywhere. And Microsoft even wants you to 3D print them.
Imagine yourself standing in a room and working on a 3D model with your bare hands without even staring at a screen anymore. Imagine walking around a 3D model to better visualize the model and make better adjustments. If we may have to believe Microsoft, this could soon become reality. Augmented reality. People walking around with large headsets and pointing at things they see in their own world: it looks a bit odd, but after Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Google’s Glass, this is what Microsoft wants to add to the world of virtual reality.
Microsoft presented the futuristic headset yesterday, during the official press conference about Microsoft 10. The computer company says the headset is as easy to use as a movie editing program. The headset – in combination with software called HoloStudio – enables you to create your own holograms and make virtual elements that will show up in the real world. They presented the software with a woman who was creating a quadcopter (image below). She put up the headset and pointed her fingers at virtual app choices, thereby building the drone. Then, they presented a 3D print of the same quadcopter.
Despite they had printed the helicopter before, it’s still amazing to see what this technology is capable of. Such kind of inventions could one day lead to a situation where people don’t have to sit behind a laptop anymore to do their work, which is – we can imagine – something many people are waiting for. In addition, items could be created within an hour, says Microsoft.
Microsoft wasn’t very clear about the exact release date of this app, but a spokesperson vaguely said it would be available in the Windows 10 timeframe. However, such a timeframe could possibly be a long time. It could potentially cover the time between the release of Windows 10 and the release of a next operating system. But when it will be released, this could potentially become the next level of 3D modeling.
Credits images: Windows.