Microsoft HoloLens - Possibilities - YouTube 2015-01-21 13-53-12

Google Glass and products like it have been around for a couple of years now, but today Microsoft has entered the wearable heads up display space. They’re calling it the HoloLens, and they say it will “break down the walls between technology and people.” The wearable see-through display will let you see holograms in the world around you.

HoloLens is a computer itself, and looks a lot like many of the other virtual reality headsets currently available. But on the inside, this new technology from Microsoft touts the ability to effectively project holograms onto the world around you and “spatial sound” which will let you hear the holograms around you that aren’t in view.

Google Glass, a somewhat similar technology from Google (that you’ve probably heard about), recently graduated from the Google [x] labs and into its own division under the leadership of Tony Fadell. There’s no way to know for sure what the company has planned for the future, but sources have said that the project might be headed in a direction similar to today’s announcement from Microsoft.

The headset is still very much in development, but Microsoft says that it will be priced for both “enterprise and consumers to use it.”

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