BY: TREVOR HEWITT
The future of augmented reality (AR) is beginning to look like something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
On March 30, Microsoft released the first developer prototype of its HoloLens – the world’s first fully wireless holographic computer – for $3,000.
The device allows users to superimpose digital holograms onto their physical surroundings. Think being able to physically stick the notes section of your phone onto your fridge, or the ability to move a YouTube video onto your wall for a larger screen.
What’s more, it allows users to manipulate physical projects in a digital space. Instead of having to physically create different prototypes of something to decide which is best, HoloLens allows users to physically interact with holograms of their digital creations. Imagine using accurately-scaled holograms to decide what design works best and not having to pay research and development costs designing numerous prototypes. It also means that video games are about to get a lot more interactive.
But don’t run to Best Buy just yet. In 2015, Microsoft said it would be about 5 years before HoloLens was available to the public. Until we find out more, this video will have to satiate your curiosity.