IT’S generally wise to take demonstrations of new technologies with a grain of salt
That was especially true for the Microsoft HoloLens — the hologram-projecting glasses that the tech giant unveiled on Wednesday — which a small number of reporters were allowed to use for a few minutes.
Microsoft’s demonstrations were highly scripted and completely controlled. The company was cagey about how well the system worked in more spontaneous environments. Recording devices were barred. The hardware shown to the media was only a prototype, a two-piece unit that included a heavy battery attachment and a cord that tethered the machine to a computer.
All those caveats aside, the HoloLens is wondrous. It blew me away. And it suggests that interacting with holograms could become an important part of how we use machines in the future.
The HoloLens isn’t a gimmick. Microsoft has clearly put a great deal of engineering work into this project. When you put on the device, which looks a lot like ski goggles, you see three-dimensional digital controls — like buttons, lines and pictures — as well as the sheep from the video game Minecraft superimposed on the world around you.
The holograms did not have very high resolution, and sometimes they were a little dull. Yet they were crisp enough to instantly create the illusion of reality — which was far more than I was expecting.
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