Microsoft HoloLens: Holographic computer headset lets you walk on Mars

Microsoft’s Windows 10 event in Seattle not only saw the launch of the company’s latest operating system, it also introduced us to HoloLens, Microsoft’s new augmented reality headset that lets you see and interact with holograms in your real world surroundings.

Microsoft HoloLens Skype


The futuristic device features a holographic processing unit, a series of sensors and a transparent lens, so that you can walk around as normal, but with the added benefit of being able to see and hear holograms around you. It’s a self-contained unit, so doesn’t require any wires or cables, and doesn’t need to be wirelessly connected to your phone either.

There appear to be many useful applications for the HoloLens, many of which are shown in the video below. As well as being able to watch your favourite TV shows and movies on any wall, you can also fully immerse yourself in a game such as Minecraft and even walk on Mars, something that NASA is taking advantage of.

Microsoft HoloLens Minecraft

Microsoft hasn’t given the HoloLens an official release date or price yet, but it has said that it will be “available in the Windows 10 timeframe”, which suggests it could go on sale by the end of 2015.

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