Microsoft Hololens Could Change the Computer Industry Forever
by Brian Thebau
Holograms have been a dream of the future for many, many years. The first idea of holograms was in 1893 when Jules Verne wrote The Carpathian Castle, which mentioned a character as a projected image. (Wikipedia.com)
Microsoft may have realized this dream with their new product, the Hololens.
The Hololens has been advertised to do a number of things, such as: help make vacation plans, it can help with architectural designs of new vehicles and the Hololens can bring a new platform to the gaming industry. (www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us)
In the demonstration video, it showed a man wearing a Hololens device on his face, playing Minecraft, a computer game that features a crafting/building system and almost Lego-like graphics.
Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella met with Gamespot.com reporter Eddie Makuch to talk about the Hololens’ potential in the game industry. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 and HoloLens create.” (www.gamespot.com)
Matt Rosoff, a reporter for Business Insider, tried HoloLens and was blown away. “I just had a 40-minute in-person demonstration of HoloLens, Microsoft’s new computer headset, and I’m convinced that personal computing is on the verge of a major change.” (http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-on-hololens-2015-1)
The Hololens will also feature the new operating system, Windows 10. On the Windows YouTube channel, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84NI5fjTfpQ) , you can watch a video that gives some information on the Windows 10 operating system and the features that it provides. One of the new features is that when you press the start button, your favorite files and app will come up in tile form.
On the Hololens website it describes Microsoft’s vision of the future and states that “we have envisioned a world where technology can become more personal, where it adapts to the natural ways we communicate, learn and create. Where our digital lives would seamlessly connect with real life.” (http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us)
Even with all of these examples of how the HoloLens could be amazing, a former Microsoft executive has a different opinion. Peter Molyneux, current boss of the 22Cans company, who is behind the mobile app, Godus.
“It did remind me of Kinect. You want to scream ‘don’t overpromise these things!’ My fear is that when you actually put on the device, you won’t be as blown away as you should be.” Molyneux said to James Brightman, a reporter for Gamesindustry.biz (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2015-01-22-molyneux-warns-microsoft-dont-overpromise-on-hololens)
Molyneux brings up a good point. Many companies have tried augmented reality and have failed horribly. Augmented reality, similar to what Microsoft is advertising, connected real world objects with video games to create a next generation experience and so far nothing has been successful.
The HoloLens looks great and seems amazing, but only time will tell if it will be the next step towards the future or another flop in this ever-growing technological age.