In a few months, Microsoft will release a head-mounted holographic computer called Project HoloLens. Chief inventor Alex Kipman explains that the headset is still a prototype that he has been working on for five years. He also developed the technology behind the Xbox motion sensing accessory Kinect. Kipman explains that the next era of computing won’t be about the digital universe: “It’s all about the analog universe.” In other words, in the near future we will be computing in the physical world rather than interacting with a monitor and keyboard. Instead of cyberspace being something remote and imaginary, it will surround us in the form of interactive holograms created by the goggles. The operating system, which still has many years of perfecting work ahead of it, will be controlled by both voice and gesture commands. The realistic looking holograms work by tricking the brain into seeing light as matter. The holograms are created by manipulating light between layers of blue, green, and red glass before they reach the back of the eye. Microsoft assures that once this technology is perfected, it will come to dominate the technological world.
Contributor: Johanna Hartman