Microsoft has a vision for the future, and it involves terms and technology straight out of science fiction. But are we actually glimpsing that future? Yes and no. Microsoft’s HoloLens, which the company unveiled at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters on Wednesday, is a sleek, flashy headset with transparent lenses. You can see the world around you, but suddenly that world is transformed — with 3D objects floating in midair, virtual screens on the wall and your living room covered in virtual characters running amok. See also Microsoft HoloLens: Not holograms, exactly, but strike one in AR turf war Microsoft jumps into augmented reality with HoloLens Hands-on impressions with HoloLens Microsoft’s HoloLens is no joke: My reality augmented with Skype, Minecraft Technology companies have long promised to bring us the future now, reaching ahead 5 or 10 years to try to amaze consumers with the next big breakthrough. Hollywood, on the other hand, has shown that tech in action (or at least simulations of it). In “Minority Report,” for instance, Tom Cruise’s character used sweeping, midair hand gestures and transparent screens to do police work. Five years later, Apple unveiled the iPhone, and with it, a touchscreen operated by hand and… Read full this story
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