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Blending Realities

Posted September 30, 2016 by in Technology

Microsoft is now pushing us to look beyond our computer screens and into the future with their new HoloLens technology that is being promoted on the tech scene.  This new device allows you to blend your current, physical environment with three dimensional holograms you can interact with as well as the world around you.

The holograms you’ll be able to interact with allow you to manipulate digital content in real time and fine-tune design drawings and communicate collaboratively with others at the same time.  While using Skype, your contacts are able to draw on their screens to place holograms over objects right in front of you.  You’ll also be able to visualize holograms as others may see them even if they are half way around the world.

The device itself can be controlled three different ways – by gaze, gesture or voice command.  There are built-in sensors that let your eyes control the cursor to select different holograms and if you turn your head, the cursor follows.  Using simple hand gestures, you can open apps, select items and scale holograms.  You can use the voice command feature to navigate, open, command and control your apps while using Cortana to complete tasks.  Cortana adapts to your preferences the longer she works with you and the device as well.

Microsoft is already seeing this product make great leaps forward in the auto industry, construction, education and product design fields.  They are even taking applications from companies who need assistance with holographic application development so they can match them with their already trained team of HoloLens development partners.  It will be fascinating to see how this technology develops further and whether we’ll see this type of technology being used more frequently and even locally.