But wait, holograms are back, and in a big way. Microsoft's new gadget is a headset called HoloLens, so named because it'll be projecting holograms. Whereas Oculus Rift tended to be claustrophobic, and Google Glass unsexy, the HoloLens sits perfectly in the Goldilocks zone.
And with this gadget, Microsoft will usher in a new era of computing.
Traditional computing has us tethered to our screens, interacting with our keyboard to input a chain of commands to bring a desired result. The HoloLens on the other hand opens up the physical space we're in, so we that we can physically (or at least holographically) interact with data. Think touchable buttons or windows of info projected on the wall or floating in midair, 3D representations of graphs, and movable bits of data in gameplay.
Holograms have always been confined to the entertainment realm. From Princess Leia's holographic cry for help to Obi Wan Kenobi, to that deceitful holographic egg in Ocean's Twelve, to Michael Jackson performing post-mortem, to the lush virtual realities made possible by Oculus Rift. With HoloLens, the potentials are limitless. It's holograms not just meant for business and pleasure and productivity, but for everyday life.
And while Amazon once tickled our imagination with a holographic phone which never came to fruition, Microsoft's HoloLens' reality is very, very solid. Thank you, Mr. Alex Kipman.