Up close with Microsoft’s hologram tech… sort of

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Microsoft blew a lot of people away with its Windows 10 presentation last night, introducing the world to an augmented reality project it’s been working on for years called Windows Holographics.

In case you missed it, Windows Holographics allows you to see holograms projected into your physical environment using a headset they call HoloLens. And yes, it’s as rad as it sounds.

It’s so cool – not to mention practically useful – that NASA has been using the technology to let its engineers do things that before they’d have to be on another planet to do. Like walk through accurately-rendered Martian landscapes as captured by the Mars Rover’s equipment.

It’s not quite the Holodeck from Star Trek that creates an entire digital world for you to walk around in, but it’s a pretty big leap over the holographic tech we knew about yesterday that seemed so far from being a commercial and publicly-accessible reality.

This is genuinely amazing stuff from Microsoft… and I write that without any trace of irony whatsoever.

What I can’t write about, though, is what the demos were actually like that happened after Microsoft’s big Windows 10 presser last night. The Verge, on the other hand, had several of its people there and they have written quite extensively about what they saw there.

There are no pictures or video of their experiences as Microsoft didn’t allow any recording equipment to accompany the journalists, but the words on their own were enough to raise goosebumps on my skin. Seriously.

They were taken through demos of walking on Mars, fixing a light switch with the help of a Skype caller; they played Minecraft on a coffee table and they created 3D objects in space with HoloStudio. I am very, very jealous, and you will be too once you’re done reading their article.

[Source – The Verge]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.