Microsoft Hololens First Hand Look

[19 MAY to 20 MAY 2016, Kirkland, WA]

So, I was at a MS TFS (Microsoft Team Foundation Server) training class at the Quicklearn training center in Kirkland, WA. They had the Microsoft Hololens Augmented Reality (AR) headset on hand…

Quickly, VR or Virtual Reality is an enclosed system where everything you see is virtual or “fake”, meaning it’s all projected. If the power goes out, you see nothing except darkness. AR or Augmented Reality, like the MS Hololens, is an open system where you see the real world around you and elements of whatever is projected floats in you view. If the power goes out, you see your real world as is. Here are some pictures:

Microsoft Hololens First Hand Look

So, as I previously noted, I was at a training class and they had a Hololens and the instructor was kind enough to let me try it on. Wow, it was amazing. The low-rez video below does not do it justice, but you get the idea… To use the lens controls, you need to learn some gestures. In the sample video, I wasn’t exactly expert at pointing so the end where I am trying to punch in numbers, I am all over the wrong ones…

The scene is from the game “Fragments” where all of the people inside it are real height and you either interact with them or watch a scene. (Think of turning off the lights. Imagine doing “Doom” in 3D, in your own room with life-size monsters. Talk about crazy scary…)

Anyway here is a snippet of the game, nothing scary, just a random scene. It was in “infra red” mode”, the music is not part of the game, I added it since looking at a soundless video is boring. In the game, the headset provides full stereo sound: