Microsoft has created quite a furor with its augmented reality headset HoloLens. However, one question that is there on everyone’s mind is whether this headset will be able to deliver the ultimate augmented reality experience that we are expecting. With AR, the real and the digital world are merged together to create a mixed reality where digital objects cannot be separated from the real ones. However, given the complete immersion that VR headsets like Samsung Gear VR and the Oculus Rift provide, it is to be seen how much this AR headset can offer to its consumers.
The Microsoft HoloLens has a lot of state-of-the-art sensors which can record gestures and a microphone which will capture voice commands of the user. It uses a magnetometer, gyroscope and an accelerometer which tracks the head movements of the wearers accurately. HoloLens uses Holographic Processing Units with which the headset can seamlessly process all the information it collects.
Ever since the Build Developers Conference, the HoloLens has been one of the main attractions. However, it seems that the headset has some drawbacks.
Drawbacks of HoloLens
It is not as thin as Google Glass but still the headset has a slim visual field that causes a “blinders” effect. Though this may seem a small issue which would not cause any hindrance in the overall attainment of augmented reality experience, this is not the case. The extent of immersion is largely hindered when the visual field is not calibrated properly.
The main purpose of HoloLens is not just to be a gaming headset, but the intention is to use it as per the user’s needs. With the narrow field of vision, the gaming experience will face a setback.
The approximate cost of a HoloLens headset is expected to be around $400, which is closer to the price of a gaming console. This means, people who are looking for a gaming experience will opt for the console, instead of the HoloLens. So, Microsoft has to refine this AR headset before it reaches the market.
With more developments, the field of vision could be expanded. The prototypes which were shown in January had a wider field of view. However, the narrow vision might have been used to make adjustments in increased performance, improvement of battery life and more.
It is yet to be seen whether Microsoft will release the product at the earliest for the consumers or it will make more improvements and then release it. When we get the finalized version, only then it will be clear whether Microsoft HoloLens will give us the ultimate augmented reality experience.
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