Project Hololens: Microsoft's Audacious Plan to Make Anywhere a Holodeck

By Eric Limer on at

VR? Meh. Microsoft is going the holodeck route, with something called Project Hololens. They are Holographic Glasses and they'll be coming out around the same time as Windows 10. Man this sure looks awesome and cool and probably also really janky and dumb! We'll find out soon though; Microsoft will be showing off the tech to attendees later today.

Hololens is no Oculus. First, it's untethered. Everything is in the headset; that includes a CPU, a GPU, and something Microsoft is calling a Holographic Processor. HPU? Also, this isn't about throwing you into some VR screen-in-front-of-your-face cave. Hololens is about putting virtual things all over your real life, like Google Glass but uglier and better, or exactly what we're hoping to see with the mysterious Magic Leap.

As a Windows 10 device, the Hololens will also be able to run any app that a Windows 10 PC or phone will be able too, which could help make sure there's a lot of stuff to do with this right off the bat. For now, we're stuck with basic tech demos.

Project Hololens: Microsoft's Audacious Plan to Make Anywhere a Holodeck

There's the promise of much, much more though; Microsoft is already working with NASA to use the Hololens to drive the Mars rover Curiosity, somehow.

Microsoft is understandably super keen on the potential for this thing, they're calling it "the next PC." That's a big promise—especially when it involves wearing something like this out and about and staring at things that aren't there—but god my cold cynical heart hopes they are 10000 percent right.

Until we try it out in person, here are a bunch of pie-in-the-sky pictures of what Microsoft thinks this will be like.

Project Hololens: Microsoft's Audacious Plan to Make Anywhere a Holodeck

Project Hololens: Microsoft's Audacious Plan to Make Anywhere a Holodeck

Project Hololens: Microsoft's Audacious Plan to Make Anywhere a Holodeck

Project Hololens: Microsoft's Audacious Plan to Make Anywhere a Holodeck

Project Hololens: Microsoft's Audacious Plan to Make Anywhere a Holodeck

Project Hololens: Microsoft's Audacious Plan to Make Anywhere a Holodeck

Project Hololens: Microsoft's Audacious Plan to Make Anywhere a Holodeck

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