Microsoft HoloLens today, is not quite what Microsoft originally intended it to be. But the net result is outstanding.
Chief Marketing Officer for Microsoft, Chris Capossela recently stated:
“We totally underestimated the commercial interest in this thing,” Capossela said. “The team who built it, a lot of them had their roots in Xbox. Alex Kipman and Kudo [Tsunoda]. And so they originally envisioned it as something more along those lines, but as we started to show it to people, we were blown away by the commercial interest.”
The HoloLens is actually the hardware or device, known as the smart glasses headset, the technology built in is a mixed reality platform called Windows Holographic. What this gives you is an augmented reality. Wearing the headset, your real world environment becomes integrated with virtual elements.
The commercial interest, outside of the gaming world, is real. Medical, educational, manufacturing and construction are just a few industries that are exploring the HoloLens potential.
I was fortunate enough to see a demonstration in 2015. Design collaboration on a virtual 3D motorbike, in real-time. From color, to position of mirrors, to placement of indicators, the bike came to life in front of our eyes, through the eye of the HoloLens. I’m not going to spoil it for you. Check it out it was amazing.