I’m a virtual reality skeptic. But from the moment I saw it, I knew that Microsoft’s HoloLens is unlike any existing VR headset, Oculus Rift included. HoloLens is smaller, for one, and the augmented, or what Microsoft calls “mixed-reality,” experience it delivers excited me. Here’s how I got there.Different on the outsideThough more streamlined than other VR devices, the HoloLens prototype still is a bulky, garish thing. It looks like a pair of heavy ski goggles. So, while it doesn’t win points for style, it looks nothing like the Samsung Gear VR . Check out what the Microsoft HoloLens can do (pictures) 20 Photos The “Holographic Processing Unit” sits in a box that hangs around your neck, and an old-school power cord kept me from wandering too far (fortunately, a handler ensured that I didn’t trip over myself). It’s not too heavy, though the feeling that you’re lugging around quite a bit of machinery is inescapable. But none of that matters once you it flip it on. Related Links Microsoft’s Surface Studio: A desktop creation station with a magic dial Microsoft’s Surface Books get massive battery life boost And on the inside Where the HoloLens differs from virtual reality is… Read full this story
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