A whole new tech experience! Microsoft is set to drop something new and fun. HoloLens, a Windows 10-powered augmented reality headset, will reach software developers within the first three months of 2016.
Looking like Taylor Swift's gear in "Bad Blood," the sleek, black HoloLens could have come out of a science fiction movie.
What sets the device apart from its rivals from VR companies such as Sony's PlayStation VR and Oculus' Rift is that it overlays and interacts with real life. Thus, the HoloLens experience is dubbed mix virtual reality.
"Whether it's for productivity, health care, design, or entertainment, HoloLens creates experiences that aren't possible on any other device, or any other platform," Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices group, said on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
To play a game, the user wears the device and holds a remote control. At the start of the game, the remote morphs into a weapon. The walls in the user's home start to break down and aliens and robots start to go after the user. The user should protect himself with his gun, while avoiding the attacks. He may also transform the gun into a shield.
The device detects the user's furniture so every action-packed game is a unique experience. Sometimes the user may see his house burn into destruction and in other times villains will crawl from his sofa.
Because the game will require the user to move, he will be able to exercise. With physical actions involved, the thrill only doubles.
The user does not only step into virtual reality. He becomes the protagonist in his own movie.
As the experience levels up, so does the price. The initial developer edition of the device will cost $3,000. The headgear is a fully untethered, battery-operated Windows computer which generates 3D CG objects that appear to exist in the real world.