Microsoft’s New Holographic Nerd Helmet Is Awesome


Lightsaber soon to follow


At an event held for the media at its corporate campus in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft unveiled HoloLens, a face computer that blends holographs into your world using see-through lenses. And it is somewhat remarkable.

After the morning’s keynote wrapped, the company guided the accumulated technology press through a series of demos using incomplete hardware and software. The hardware we used was non-wireless, bulky, slightly uncomfortable, but functional. The system is not done, but should be in the market about the time Windows 10 hits the streets in its final form later this year.


In one demo, a room of tables and chairs became an interactive Minecraft experience where I could see towers resting on flat surfaces. I could also use a simple tool — using voice to change my selected weapon — to dig holes in a physical bench, digitally, and then push some holographic zombies into the vat of lava that was moldering several feet…

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