If virtual reality (VR) is the future, then augmented reality (AR) is coming along for the ride. Microsoft Hololens is the AR product you should know. The headset has transparent lenses — think Google Glass — so you always see your peripherals, and instead of recreating an entire virtual world, the Hololens creates holograms that you can interact with in the real world. These holograms move with you, like a small screen that’s always two feet away. Or, they can stay put in a virtual 3D space that allows you to move completely around. And unlike the Oculus Rift or Playstation VR, the Hololens is completely portable. No high-end computer required.
Hololens isn’t solely a gaming device; it’s also a Windows 10 computer. You can run apps, browse the web, ask Cortana for help, and navigate the operating system via hand gestures or voice. The Development Edition of the Hololens is out now, and if you can penny up three grand, Microsoft will happily equip you with one for testing and innovation.
Processor: Intel 32-bit architecture
OS: Windows 10
Light Engines: 2 HD 16:9
Holographic Resolution: 2.3M total light points
Holographic Density: More than 2.5k radiants (light points per radiant)
Connectivity: wi-fi 802.11ac
Battery Life: 2–3 hours of active use