Having not posted on here in over a year, it feels good to write again.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced and demoed a surprising, radical new project called HoloLens. If you haven’t seen it yet, please go the Microsoft site and glance at it to make the rest of this make sense. The essence behind HoloLens is a goggle-like device you wear over your eyes that projects holograms augmented into your perception of reality – wirelessly. Technology like this is significant for a few reasons that may not be immedately apparent when looking at the demos they have provided. This technology today, itself may look a little socially isolating, may just be a necessary stepping stone to what we will soon know as the ‘present’ of computing.
As much as it surprises me to say this to myself about Microsoft, but it’s a little refreshing to see Microsoft show off this kind of technology and not Google.
Close Your Eyes
Close your eyes. Now imagine what the future looks like to you. You may be picturing your favorite science-fiction movie like Minority Report or Blade Runner. Usually there are screens everywhere. Computing is so cheap we can make displays out of and integrate them into almost anything – giant displays on the side of a building, displays integrated into walls, clothing, or other materials.
Maybe this is the case. But what if the future of this functional reality is just a little bit closer than that?