Windows seems to take two steps forward and one step back every year, but Microsoft seems intent on putting that to rest with their latest OS. Drumroll please! Fasten in, pull up your slacks and get ready for … WINDOWS HOLOGRAPHIC! Apparently it will employ a headset, akin to VR goggles, but will also add holograms to your environment.
This HoloLens headset has been described as “the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen.” The damn thing is a computer in and of itself. It’s got a CPU, a GPU and a holographic processor. The dark Cyclops-like visor has a see-through display and you can even hear the holograms. The coolest part, for me, is that the HoloLens is totally wireless and doesn’t require a PC. Yep, it’s a standalone holographic computer headset.
It’s still in the early stages, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from showing the tech to video game developers Take-Two Interactive. Alex Kipman, who kick started this whole project, says that the idea is more about moving beyond virtual worlds rather than putting you into them. Microsoft has been working with NASA while developing the HoloLens and has been encouraging other VR developers to create their own holographic programs. This is seriously cool, too bad the headset isn’t more stylish, but I guess I’m just being picky.