Stylish, and see-thru lenses to boot!
Windows 10 will include full support for a new piece of Microsoft hardware – the HoloLens – Microsoft's first foray into augmenting reality with holograms. The HoloLens headset includes its own CPU and GPU, along with a third, "holographic" processor. The device has transparent eyepieces onto which can be displayed hologram …
Occulus etc have a major downpoint, they obstruct your normal vision, ie you no longer see the world around you.
These on the other hand will probably remove the 'claustrophobic' feeling and actually add to realism.
I really hope that they truly work and that this is not just a marketing toy..
Looks cool, if MS really did engineer them then they deserve some kudos for this.. [ almost seems to good to be true]
"This has been the case since they first got into the HW business (which is when no-one would make a keyboard with a Windows key on it for them, I beleve)."
You believe wrongly, unfortunately. Microsoft's first hardware product was an expansion card for the Apple II, released in 1980. And even if you restrict it to PC-compatible hardware, their mice date back to before the Windows-key keyboards, and the Mach20 board does as well.
I don't like Windows (at all), but I have to admit this is the ideal way of doing anything "virtual" with "3D". Of course, if you didn't have to wear the glasses, then we would finally be "there" (in time I guess). But, again, this is in my opinion the better "rift".
Without further ado, I agree about their hardware being better than their software, even if it's made by a 3rd party!!
hardware properly. Never had an issue with their mice, joysticks, keyboards besides their drivers are somewhat bloated and don't like to coexist with the competitors.
The Kinex product has fairly good reviews if not the Xbox. They even opened that up to other platforms.
Will it work for software like Dassault's or Autodesks? That's where it could really shine.
Actually, despite some initial teething problems (overheating - which were dealt with by MS, post notional warranty), the XBox has been a decent platform. Decisions on charging for certain services that were free on the PS3 - maybe not so good. Their meece by the way were based on an HP technology.
Yeah, Microsoft's my go-to name for peripherals (he says, typing this into a Microsoft Internet Keyboard with a Microsoft travel mouse beside it). (No. I use Linux.)
My Microsoft Internet Keyboard is years old. I use it a lot and it's shown no signs of wearing out --- even the keycaps are barely worn. Plus it's got some great design; undo a couple of screws on the underside and the entire top shell lifts off, keycaps included; you don't even have to unplug it, as all the electrical parts are in the base section.
...and then you put it in the dishwasher. Cleans all the gunk off the keys like a beaut. The keys unclip, too, and there are little troughs round each one to protect the electronics from coffee spills.
It's a rubber-dome action rather than real keyswitches, but frankly I've never been that taken with keyswitches and I'm perfectly happy the way it is. It'd be nice if the internal USB hub was better than USB 1 so I could plug USB keys into it, but I think that USB 1 was all there was when it came out.
Of course I want these in the same way I wanted a Power Glove because it was so bad, but it looks more like an augmented reality thing than a virtual reality thing, so not quite the same as the Oculus Rift (plus all the internal rendering hardware etc). On the other hand, the Kinect was a really impressive bit of technology, so I don't doubt MS's engineering chops.
I do want transparent OLED screens in my ideal VR goggles though, preferably with an ability to adjust the opacity via some liquid crystal filter whatsit. I want an Oculus Rift to play flight sim games, but they tend to have a billion controls, and I don't see myself ever being able to hit 'shift-alt-L' consistently by touch.
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Will the batteries last a HoloDay?
Will it take pictures called HoloGraphs, and watch movies in HoloVision?
Will they bundle it with a game called: Holo the Master Chief Collection?
Will the Doom port be called HoloDoomor?
Will it be a success? Let's read the HoloScope...
Sorry. My humor is just HoloBull.
when porn comes as a holo i will be a happer human, no more stupid camera angles,
But then we will need the "intreactive holo" then develop the holo deck and humans will never leave home, starvation, dehydradition, it will only stop when lack of funds causes the internet to be cut off or eviction or death, corpuses with smiles on there faces.
there is somthing to live for, sureside posponed!
hurry up I'm not getting any younger!!!!!
This article doesn't give the slightest hint about how these might be holographic. It seems that Microsoft doesn't either. Can the user really focus at different depths in a 3-D image, or is this just another stereoscopic display? Holography captures a whole light field, does this display generate a light field?
The shape is nice and reminds me of my Casco Speedster, but I don't think I'd like too much augmentation when I'm out on the treadly.
It's already beyond a promo video. Journalists at the event used it, for themselves.
Also, Courier was never even officially acknowledged by MS. There were leaks and refusals to comment and then rumours and then more leaks and then a leak that Bill Gates canned it personally because it had no email client.
MEANWHILE IN BOB VISTAKIN'S MIND
There isn't even a promo video! All these articles from journos who say they tried it - notice MS took all their phones and recording devices away? Yeah. Then they either drugged them and made them all hallucinate exactly the same thing OR showed them all the spy footage they got on Kinect and blackmailed them to say exactly what Nadella wants them to say. It is all a fake lie to let the NSA read your post-it notes.
Satya Nadella -> SN -> NS -> anyone?
No promo video? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30927356
It amuses me how so many people don't know how much great R&D MS actually do. For example the digital table, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VfpVYYQzHs oddly called Surface at the time.
The possibilties for these glasses are fantastic. Kudos to MS for getting these to launch first.
so Win10 comes with all these drivers that very few will actually need, no doubt there will be no way of uninstalling them and they will be loaded at startup just in case.
Don't get me wrong, it's a cool bit of kit but Win12 will be out before anything like this becomes mainstream and in the meantime all those PCs will be donating diskspace and cpu time to non-essential crud.
as an API, no CPU time will be eaten if the API is not called.
and disk space? Really? It'll fit on all WP8.1 devices (according to the briefing, all WP8.1 devices will be upgraded and all version of Win10 will contain this API) including the Lumia 520 with its 512MB or RAM and 8GB of hard drive and you're worried about disk space....
OR desperately trying to find fault.
One or the other.
An AR system from MS that works with Windows - just what I was looking for. They can do hardware, their OS is the major player on the desktop and they are likely smart enough to separate the processing from the display when the battery power is found to be not good enough. "Does not need wires" is not the same as "can not use wires" after all and powerful mobile devices with 8+ hours endurance are something MS already builds with the S/P units. Just drop screen...
Well, I still have my VPL and Virtual Research headsets from the early 90's and have been waiting patiently for the tech to "come of age" since then. To me it does seem as if we are really on the verge of the breakthrough we dreamed of when we were working with Division Transputer based parallel systems and then the SGI Reality Engine hardware way back then!
Roll it on I say..
I really want to get back into this business..
Hehehe... remember when (for those of you that were protein strands back then, do not bother with this comment!) Microsoft Surface was first introduced and going to be the 'Revolutionary Technology' and how there was going to be a Surface Device embedded at every restaurant, bar, etcetera; in the world... we saw how that went (they basically got the ball stolen from them...) Now they are trying to reintroduce the VR helmet as a pair of glasses... that makes me spit out my drink... and it don't matter how many GPUs, CPUs, APUs or whatnot you put in it, if it stinks, it stinks... I love the old saying 'You can't polish a turd'... (even if the turd can be used do your math homework, would you use it?) Oh an sorry to all the teenagers not-in-advance, but, you guys are so naive anyway so comments from you wont really mean much.