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The Microsoft Hololens: An Augmented Reality Headset

The Microsoft Hololens is what is known as an Augmented Reality (AR) device

This unit is worn much like a pair of large goggles and it will provide a nearly unsurpassed user experience in terms of functionality and versatility. As the Hololens is still rather new to the market, it makes sense to take a look at some of its basic features.

Ergonomics

The device can be broken down into two sections. There is an outer portion which contains all of the necessary hardware and an inner ‘ring’ that is intended to fit snugly around the head of the wearer. Many have already attested to the fact that it is extremely lightweight and comfortable. There is also an optional nose support for those who desire extra stability (such as gamers).

Realism

The Hololens is purported to be akin to a traditional computer screen in three dimensions and yet with unmatched quality. We should keep in mind that this device is intended to be used for holographic viewing as opposed to VR (Virtual Reality) needs alone. Thus, users will be able to enjoy such features as spatial mapping, sound commands and the ability to place ‘virtual’ objects around the room. This may very well enable the Hololens to be just as appropriate within the workplace as it is for traditional gaming needs.

Spatial Sound

A unique innovation that is likely to prove quite popular with users is a feature known as spatial sound. In simpler terms, sounds will become louder or quieter in relation to where the subject stands from a certain object (a musical instrument, for instance). This is quite novel and the level of realism that such an advancement offers has yet to be fully appreciated.

Compatibility and Price

It is important to note that the Hololens is fully compatible with the Windows 10 operating system. In fact, developers stated that it would be ready for the launch of this next version of Windows. In regards to the price of the product, rumors are still circulating. Some claim that it will range between $500 and $1,500 dollars although such figures have not yet been confirmed. It is more likely to fall somewhere in between these two numbers. When we consider that the MacBook Pro is $1,400 dollars, the Hololens suddenly appears to be affordable.

These are some of the primary features that the Microsoft Hololens will provide to the user. We should still recall that as of the time of this article, the product has not yet been released to the public. It will be interesting to see how customers react to this decidedly amazing technology.

 

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