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With HoloLens shipping to developers, mixed reality gets nearer to mainstream

On March 30, Microsoft will begin shipping the first of their HoloLens headsets, hoping to make holograms a viable user interface. The wraparound goggle/headphone combination, which resembles a superhero helmet, projects holograms into the environment, allowing the viewer to interact with their software in a more tactile way. Microsoft calls it ‘mixed reality’—more immersive than augmented reality, but less overwhelming than virtual reality.

The first HoloLens models are going out to developers in a bid to create a broad variety of ‘mixed reality’ apps before releasing it to the general public. Developers are already showcasing their ideas with the hashtag #MadeWithHoloLens.

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