During the course of a presentation to a small groups of audience in Tel Aviv, Microsoft‘s technology evangelist Bruce Harris highlighted that the new wearable holographic computing device (the HoloLens) is actually a fully functional Windows 10 PC, but one that is used like a set of goggles. He quoted – “Anything you can do on a laptop, you can do on this”. The battery life will last from 2.5 hours to 5 hours depending on the level of usage.
‘Mixed Reality” Not AR or VR
In the course of presentation, Harris explained how the HoloLens will be different from augmented-reality and virtual-reality devices. This Microsoft technology is halfway in between AR and VR devices. This device does much more than only relaying digital but non-interactive information to the real world view (analog). That said it also doesn’t present a completely virtual vision where everything that the user can see is a virtual presentation of reality. That’s the primary reason why Harris use the term – “mixed reality”.
View Sharing Among Remote Users
Although the HoloLens won’t give any option for wired connection, it will be able to get connected to other devices via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The tests done till now have not reported any issues related to latency, but highly resource consuming applications could lower the average battery lifespan from 5.5 hours to around 2.5 hours.
Very complex holographic renderings can also overload the device’s capabilities, he said. As a work around, users can connect to external servers via wireless to carry out the intensive processing.