The arrival of Google Glass set us a step closer to doing awesome shit like this in real life:
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Labeled as a next-gen augmented reality (AR) eyewear, it displays all sorts of info in front of your eyes—from weather data to location deets—letting you know more about relevant stuff without having to check other devices. Just wear it and be informed!
The thing is, it's not the only piece of tech capable of making us feel like terminators or Saiyans measuring the power level of an opponent. Ladies and gents, check out the newly-unveiled Microsoft HoloLens!
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Like Google Glass, the HoloLens lets its user see graphics and information that are "hidden" in plain view from those who are not wearing it. Based on the preview clip though, it looks like it can do so much more, like enabling personal content consumption (e.g. viewing photos and videos) and actual content creation (e.g. graphic design). S-W-E-E-T!
A huge part of the trick is made possible by Microsoft's use of "virtual holograms" or holograms that only you can see—through the HoloLens of course. Although the company is being a bit secretive on the hardware that powers the whole thing, it's safe to assume that it houses several sensors and cameras. How else would it be able to sense or detect the wearer's movements, right?
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We're also told that the HoloLens is able to produce higher quality images than what Google Glass can display, although the exact resolution is still unknown. According to Microsoft, the device is armed with a Holographic Processing Unit, which reads gestures and voices, and spatially maps your surroundings for a more accurate rendering of (and interaction with) holograms.
In terms of looks, the HoloLens resembles a ski mask—a big difference from Google Glass' much smaller and sleeker facade. This fact supports the idea that the devices are actually going to be used quite differently. Microsoft's AR creation could be reserved for more graphics-heavy and visually stimulating chores (e.g. 3D modeling) that will be done inside offices, homes, or industries whereas Google's hi-tech eyewear is for the more casual "everyday" tasks, like giving you walking directions in real-time or letting you read a newly-received SMS.