HoloLens: heightened digital reality

Apr 13, 2015 | Deep Dives | Mixed Reality

The tech industry has been bustling with excitement as new developments in virtual reality emerge. As major tech companies like Facebook and Sony develop their virtual reality headsets, Microsoft has begun to occupy the space of augmented reality. Unlike the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR, which produce full virtual immersion, Microsoft HoloLens allows users to interact with holograms in the physical world. HoloLens crosses the lines of AR and VR by projecting a virtual environment onto the user’s physical space. The applications for this technology could greatly affect anything from neurosurgery to roof repair, and would even make Tony Stark jealous.

Microsoft HoloLens


Release date: July 2015
Usage data: Unknown
Platform / Tech: Windows 10
Features: Holographic googles, wireless, augmented reality, full HD camera, 3D printer capabilities
Video: Transform your world with HoloLens


Virtual reality seems to be the future of gaming, but I see more practical uses with the HoloLens. The interactivity between reality and technology creates a new space for ideation, creation, and learning. I wonder if the HoloLens will be the YouTube-learning of the future.


“Blending worlds” is a main selling point of the HoloLens. I’m excited to see what user-friendly applications they come out with in the next few years. I’m sure soon it will start to replace some traditional home tech, like my TV.



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