Microsoft had showed several demos to showcase the prowess of HoloLens that delivers mixed reality instead of plain virtual reality shown by Oculus Rift and Samsung’s Gear VR headsets. After the failure of Google Glass, the ambitious HoloLens claims to have the potential to replace it.
Microsoft HoloLens is a complete wireless independent headset in itself. Users are not required to attach it to a smartphone or PC to enter VR mode. There are physical buttons on the rim of the headset for controlling brightness and volume.
Unlike virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Samsung Gear VR, Microsoft’s HoloLens doesn’t cut off the users from their surroundings. This means users can continue to see, hear and respond to whatever is going on around them. In typical VR headsets, users are completely cut off from their surroundings. There are two speaker vents located around ears for audio needs.
The display technology used in HoloLens is completely different from what is used in VR headsets. Users will not have to stare at a screen in front of their eyes. In HoloLens, it is more of artificial reality than virtual. The display blends into the real world in the form of Holograms. Users will be able to see things around them as well interact with the contents streamed by the headset.
The use case of most VR headsets mostly ceases at gaming and entertainment. However, with HoloLens, enterprises can customise it to integrate it in their research.
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