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]