At the beginning of 2015 in Microsoft even 10, Hololens was unveiled and took everyone by surprise. They are company’s holographic, augmented reality or mixed reality headset. It is a very bold hardware piece. It is a very prominent sign that Microsoft is paying attention to augmented and virtual reality. It’s being the line of lower end reality headsets that are windows mixed is another sign. But as you know good things come with a price so does it. This Microsoft hololens comes with a bold price of 3000$. It doesn’t matter whether you bought the development edition in March 2016 or its version which was available to everyone just by opening up an account with Microsoft, the price stayed the same.
Let me tell you some of the specs, details, and analysis of these hololens, its holographic platform and what’s coming up in the future.
The best thing about the set is its comfortability. What’s the use of buying a thing that is good but not confortable, right? Microsoft cares about it customers so they made these hololens in a design that is very convenient for the users. The headset wraps around the head with its quick visor like a band. It weighs 579g which seems to be too much. But due to the wrapping feature around the head, the weight distributes evenly so that it doesn’t put pressure on your eyes and nose. These are designed for different sizes of adults head that means it is not for children. One of the important things is that there are no phones or wires attached. This device is standalone.
There are no fans attached to keep the device but that isn’t any issue because all the heat escapes through a vent. The available RAM is 2GB and onboard storage has a capacity of 64 GB. It has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; two most important connectivity features. Intel 32 bit processors and unspecified GPU are used.
The speakers are just above the ears that use spatial audio. According to Microsoft, they synthesize the audio so that you can hear your holograms from anywhere in your room. Its battery life is 2 to 3 hours maximum. It must be sad and disappointing that it doesn’t last a whole day. But who uses it for the entire day? You can easily charge it by MicroUSB then use it and its standby time if of 2 weeks.
The depth camera:
One of the magical features in the Microsoft Hololens is the depth camera. It works quite same like the Kinect camera on Xbox, but the power usage is one-tenth of the camera. You can view the screen of 15 inches from two feet away. Wow!! You can see and understand the environment by using the depth camera. There are sensors that help to detect your gestures and track your movements.
The lenses are transparent which are made by blending virtual environment and models, and holograms. The lenses are similar to those of the rival smart glass, Google glass, and song goggles etc. They are made up of three layers of red, green and blue glass.
How do the lenses work? There is a light engine above the lenses that projects light into the device and corrugated grooves that are present in each layer of the glass diffract the particles of light.
This technology is actually based on Windows 10. When Hololens map the room it blends holograms into the new environment.
That is what is most exciting in this device. The vision you see through the lenses isn’t just a normal transparent version of any smartphone’s interface, like a Google Glass. Microsoft is using virtual 3D objects with the technology of AR that displays your objects as appears as a part of the surrounding or they combine with reality to make up new objects. The Hololens are portable; we can thank the oculus rift for this. You can just walk around and see virtual images becoming real.
Using the mixed reality platform, Microsoft is focusing on creating new games, apps, and experiences for Hololens by the help of its developers. It is expected that in near future Microsoft will improve this device and will bring new changes for the users.