The Great Change in Augmented Reality is Coming
In this blog I talk about the Microsoft Hololens, Holography and Things Seen In News™ as well as what they will mean to us in the business as well as more importantly what they can mean to the consumers and end-users.
First, let’s take a look at…
You can find the news from here: https://www.vrfocus.com/2017/05/microsoft-reveals-ar-glasses-that-look-l...
While the specs themselves at the moment are fairly crude 3D-printed specs, what they can do is quite amasing. I personally would hope that Microsoft also comes out with a version that either clips onto the existing pair of prescription glasses, like I have, or I can get the HoloSpecs with prescrioption lenses for myself.
The thing that is most important about these glasses is that Microsoft uses them to demonstrate something extremely neat.
Holographic Near-Eye Displays of Virtual and Augmented Reality
To me the most interesting thing about the subject (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/holographic-near-eye-di...), is that it can correct errors in vision and so if I understood it correctly could be used with prescription glasses. However, we are moving towards the time where we will have incredible looking graphics that are truly complex and have the feeling of “being there” with you, in your space, instead of the graphics we have now that have the feeling of being stickered on. Of course, this is just an incredibly narrow view on my part and the science is truly interesting.
Usually holograms are considered slow and pre-rendered, but if you look at the paper’s notes on the graphics power needed you see a very reasonable graphics card being used for this. Also the system already includes the vision correction, then we four-eyed people could use the system without glasses. Sure, this leaves the problem of actually seeing the world behind the hologram in a blurry or fuzzy way (in my case a a fog that seems to echo the world in 12 or so sets on top of each other, but I digress). Could we actually be on the verge of easier and safer to use laser imaging on the eye itself, or a hologram projected between the eye and glasses? None the less, I’d love to give it a go and be a guinepig.
All of the corrections are done live, I understand, so if you focus your eye into the distance, then the graphic will also follow suite and allow for correct blurring or not.
This news is older, from 2016, about how you can now use WI-FI to distribute computing for your Hololens: https://hololens.reality.news/news/hololens-can-now-wirelessly-use-pcs-c.... This has also been shown in other news on a plane and I will also touch upon it later on in another part of this blog.
While other systems are tethered with a wire to the computer Hololen and (hopefully) HoloSpecs aren’t. This allows the user the ability to move freely in the WI-FI area and do things, work, play, life. It gives you freedom to do what you want to do and need to do.
So, now we have three pieces of the forming picture together.
Minor, but important news is that the HL has passed the protective tests for workplace safety. It means that it is also safe to use out in the open, in the city, hospitals, schools, construction, etc areas. We’ve already seen a few news about Hololens being used in healthcare and it being able to cope with delicate procedures like surgical operations. It also tells quite a lot about the robustness and power of the technology.
I’ve been using the https://hololens.reality.news to collate these ideas and news and the have another, neat story about how to use the Hololens as a virtual monitor: https://hololens.reality.news/news/microsofts-hololens-is-going-transfor.... Below is a video of it.
Well, here we see the HUD and AR together to create a new sort of workspace for yourself. I for one would love this thing at home or wherever. No more monitors, do things wherever you are. In my eyes this will be bigger and more important than tablets or mobile phones… And from here we get to the…
Future of Holospecs
Currently Microsoft is, in my opinion, one of the best hardware manufacturers and having killed off their smartphones and having diverted their interest into tablets that more than rival laptops and desktops they’ve been moving towards AR and VR computing.
I believe that very soon we’ll be seeing consumer and professional technology that will revolutionize how we use VR and AR. All this from one source, Microsoft, unless Google is able to finally get going with more handsets using Tango and Seurat, as well as proper AR-glasses.
I believe that the future for tablets and phones is a Mobile Computing Unit tied to Holospecs, properly good dictation and hand gesture operating system with the ability to use Bluetooth mice and keyboards, or maybe even virtual, haptic, keyboards using ultrasound or similar systems.
The MCU will be the only device we need as the specs/glasses are our screens, and soon we will also have contact lenses or even implanted lenses in our eyes. Though that is still far in the future.
However, I really do expect some sort of MCU type Surface product from Microsoft quite soon and once coupled with the Hololens or Holospecs our whole world will change and we will be at the AR and VR singularity. By this time we will also see Cortana, Siri, Bixby, Eliza and other such VI/AI agents integrated better into the technology and we will literally be living in science fact, not fiction.
What do you think?