In Weeks, the First Wave of Microsoft’s New Reality Begins
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.