‘Mixed reality’ is the new buzzword in the tech industry, and what it alludes to is the use of augmented reality tools with everyday life, and that’s exactly what Microsoft is trying to harness.
The tech company showed off its newest toy, the Microsoft HoloLens, which is sleek, flashy headset with transparent lenses that projects images to your eyes within the real-world environment.
So, when using the device, you can see the world around you, but suddenly it can be transformed — with 3D objects floating in midair, virtual screens on the wall or even turning your living room into a gaming playground.
The goggles will track your movements, watch your gaze and transform what you see by blasting light at your eyes (it doesn’t hurt). Because the device tracks where you are, you can use hand gestures — right now it’s only a midair click by raising and lowering your finger — to interact with the 3D images.
There’s a whole bunch of other hardware that’s designed to help the HoloLens’ effects feel believable. The device has a plethora of sensors to sense your movements in a room and it uses this information along with layers of colored glass to create images you can interact with or investigate from different angles. Want to see the back of a virtual bike in the middle of your kitchen? Just walk to the other side of it.
The goggles also have a camera that looks at the room, so the HoloLens knows where tables, chairs and other objects are. It then uses that information to project 3D images on top of and even inside them.
It all sounds like science fiction, but this device is proving to fulfill the promises made, and many tech journalists have praised it for its impressive capabilities.
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