The future is here… almost. From Minority Report to Iron Man, I’ve been waiting for hologram technology to become “a thing.” We’ve seen the broader strokes of this tech used by CNN (and seen the backlash against it) and have been visited by the dead during several music concerts, including appearances by the late Michael Jackson and Tupac.
That is all well and good, but it’s not exactly the type of heads up interface tech junkies are looking for. However, Microsoft wants to make all the world your holographic desktop and with their recently announced HoloLens, their dream (and ours) may be available in the foreseeable future.
There’s a lot of new tech coming to the market and wearable tech, especially, is becoming both hip and fashionable — I got a Fitbit for Hanukkah, and I love it. But while Facebook and Sony have been dominating the virtual reality experience with their Oculus and Morpheus, respectively, Microsoft’s HoloLens boasts a “mixed reality” experience, since you’re not completely immersed in a virtual world. Google’s Glass was the mixed reality front runner for a while, but Glass’ relative failure is causing it to go the way of HD DVDs, Virtual Boy and Betamax.
My biggest concern with Microsoft’s HoloLens is the size of the device. Much like Oculus and Morpheus, the HoloLens is rather bulky for an everyday wearable headset. Even so, I hope VR and holograms become more commonplace in the near future. But if they continue to be bulky and unwieldy, then I may just wait for a direct to nervous system interface in the same vein as the Matrix and Sword Art Online. That or singularity.
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