Augmented Reality Is In Your Future

Augmented reality is in your future.  It is.  You just don’t know it yet.

What was science fiction 20, 10, even 5 years ago is quickly becoming reality.  Maybe not as an inexpensive and accessible consumer product, but as a dazzling and, quite honestly, mind blowing tech demo put on by Microsoft.  Yesterday Microsoft demoed the latest version of their augmented reality hardware, the HoloLens.

In the video of the demo above you can see a man interacting with various high definition virtual objects in a mocked up living room.  We even get to see a virtual dog hanging out in the living room, and a diorama of a weather app showing the forecast in Maui.

A person operating a 3D camera moves about the room showing us what the wearer of the HoloLens is seeing.  It’s pretty amazing stuff, and if one were to extrapolate into the future you can easily see people wearing slim glasses (or contacts in the far future) that serve the same function.  As this technology goes mainstream (and it will, it’s just a matter of time) the amount of back end computing and storage required to enable billions of connected devices like this is . . . staggering to comprehend.  As are some of the cool (and scary) things you could do once augmented reality is fully comprehended.

Visit Microsoft’s official HoloLens site here.

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