Update: And here’s the video.
Microsoft has just revealed its next great innovation: Windows Holographic! It’s an augmented reality experience that employs a headset, much like all the VR goggles that are currently rising in popularity, but Microsoft’s solution adds holograms to the world around you. The HoloLens headset is described as “the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen.” It’s a self-contained computer, including a CPU, a GPU, and a dedicated holographic processor. The dark lenses up front contain a see-through display, there’s spatial sound so you can “hear” holograms behind you, and it also integrates a set of sensors. HoloLens, says Microsoft, will be available in the Windows 10 timeframe.
They showed Minecraft as a holographic world draped over your coffee table and the rest of the house. The user placed Minecraft TNT blocks on a real world, and detonated them to reveal a minecraft world behind the exploded wall. And so, much, more. And this is no tech demo: it’s working right now, and the people in the audience will be able to use it once the presentation is over. Even regular universal Windows applications can run inside this environment. Heck, they showed a simple holographic MS Paint-like application which allows you to create all kinds of fun holographic objects that you can manipulate with your hands. Scientists at NASA are using HoloLens to walk on Mars.
While this requires a clunky headset now, this can eventually power real holographic displays. This is so exciting. I’l add video once they’re up, but for now, Wired and Engadget have more.
The computing world seems incapable of understanding what an hologram really is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holography
Or “hologram” just sounds cooler than “3D image” or “VR” (which are too common nowadays), and once they adopt hologram for something it’s not it’s just PR garbage what follows.
The nice thing about (real) holograms is that they reproduce the light field of the object, and therefore to our eyes it is (ideally) indistinguishable from the real thing. Even including different focal planes, which one of the parts where 3D movies fail at (and makes it’s 3D effect kind of disconcerting and unnatural).
So 3D, virtual reality, etc. But we’re not at the holographic part yet!
Edit: Ha, there’s even a nice section of that wikipedia article “Things often confused with holograms”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holography#Things_often_confused_with_…
Edited 2015-01-21 19:44 UTC