Microsoft unveiled the HoloLens at its latest //build/ developers conference. Needless to say, it is quite impressive. The demonstration made the audience aware of what the HoloLens is capable of, but Microsoft has kept the lid shut on the hardware details. During the presentation, Microsoft offered a few insights into what lies beneath the casing of this augmented reality futuristic headset.
We have seen Virtual Reality headsets from Oculus(Facebook), Valve, LG, etc., but unlike most, Microsoft is using a see through lense to allow the user to see the rest of a room or the environment that they are in. This allows the user and the HoloLens to interacting with your surrounding environment, very similar to the way Google’s Glass is setup. The HoloLens uses a combination of spatial sound and sensors in the headset to capture information about the environment that the user is in. What is Spatial sound? Spatial sound works by using binaural audio, to make sounds appear like they’re being transmitted from behind you or from anywhere in the environment you’re situated in. Very like Google Glass, there is a video camera placed in the HoloLens headset to enable you to take photos or capture video.