The lines between virtual reality and pure reality are starting to blend, and Microsoft is in the middle of it all. The company's HoloLens crosses virtual reality with the environment around you and gets you questioning what's true and what's fiction. Microsoft calls it "mixed reality."
The tech giant demoed its HoloLens technology Tuesday at its big Surface and Lumia hardware announcement event. Microsoftie Dan
wearing a hoodie and HoloLens augmented-reality headgear, took up a
virtual gauntlet. It appeared around his hand like a cool effect from a
sci-fi movie, and the audience cooed in amazement, no doubt flashing
back to early "Tron" memories.
Dan takes on a game called Project X-Ray. As he moves, the gauntlet
moves with him. Microsoft describes it as a "wearable hologram." This is
already cool, but we're just getting started.
Dan blasts a hole
in a nearby wood wall until a deadly robot crawls out and returns fire.
All of this is visible thanks to a split screen showing us what Dan is
experiencing. From the outside, it just looks like a guy wearing big
glasses on his head, pointing his fist at a blank wall. Inside, it's
terrifying. This is augmented reality with a kick.
HoloLens is shaping up to provide an immersive gaming experience unlike
any other. If the actual game play lives up to the demo, we'll all be
flying around our living rooms as scorpion-shaped robots crawl out of
the cupboards and across the couch.
Can't wait to slay some machines? Microsoft announced Tuesday that HoloLens developer kits
will be available on an invite-only basis in the first quarter of 2016
for $3,000 (£1,970, AU$4,195). Better prepare to defend your home from