Technicians still have a long way to go before they can build Tony Stark's Iron Man armor, however it seems Microsoft might be getting close to something resembling the billionaire's high-tech 3D holographic imaging systems.
This week, Microsoft announced their newest operating system, Windows 10. In the same announcement, they also released early details about a very ambitious project.
Called, HoloLens, the device claims it will essentially allow digital images and holograms to interact with the physical environment. Their glossy promotional video certainly boasts a lot of potential applications, and it'll definitely be interesting to see if the actual product can achieve half of what Microsoft claims. Check out the videos below:
In an interview with Wired, head developer Alex Kipman explains the basic principles behind the HoloLens, in particular, how it fools your eyes into seeing digital elements as physical ones within the environment. He stated:
Ultimately, you know, you perceive the world because of light. If I could magically turn the debugger on, we’d see photons bouncing throughout this world. Eventually they hit the back of your eyes, and through that, you reason about what the world is. You essentially hallucinate the world, or you see what your mind wants you to see.
Currently, Microsoft is still developing prototype headsets and developer kits. However, according to Wired, they hope to get the product to developers by this spring.
Microsoft's videos certainly make some bold claims, but with even Google admitting they're having trouble getting Google Glass off the ground, I can imagine Microsoft still has a lot of work to do before this even comes close to a consumer product. Even then, it might only find a home with enthusiasts and importantly, those rich enough to afford it.
Furthermore, although I can understand this might look incredible to lots and lots of people, to me, it's kind of my vision of a hellish future dystopia. Is it only a matter of time before I'll have digital pop-ups and advertisements plastered around my apartment? But then again, I don't even really trust Spotfiy, so maybe that's just me.