What Is HoloLens And How You Can Use It

how to use hololens

Microsoft is extending its roots by making its debut on the augmented reality market with its first smart glasses named HoloLens. The headset was unveiled a year ago and soon, the Development Edition will be available for pre-order and the price will be $3000. It took Microsoft five years to build the HoloLens, which was codenamed Project Baraboo, and for starters, it will be purchased by developers from United States and Canada, then the headset will be shipped loaded with tones of applications, which will be compatible with Windows 10, the operating system that the HoloLens will run on. Below, we’ll tell you more about the design, specs and operating mode of the HoloLens.

The HoloLens is a standalone device, which doesn’t depend on a smartphone or computer, but it can pair with them via WiFi and Bluetooth. It features a visor glasses unit which connects to a padded inner headband and depending on your head size, you can adjust the unit forward and backward, then the visor will be tilted down in front of your eyes. The headset won’t feel uncomfortable to wear, as it’s expected to weight 0.4 Kg.

The HoloLens is using a bunch of sensors, a camera and a holographic processing unit and in the visor piece sits the pair of transparent lenses which show in the lower half side the projected images. Unlike the Oculus Rift, which is a virtually reality headset, the HoloLens offers a “mixed reality”, incorporating virtual elements into real-world elements (the user’s room with all objects inside it). The user will think that the projected images are real and he will be able to interact with these holograms.

The camera will scan the room and the holographic processing unit will process and integrate data from the headset’s sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer) in real time and will help the HoloLens to recognize gestures, voices, speech and to handle tasks such as spatial mapping.

Sources: CNET & Wikipedia