In early May, Microsoft held their annual Build conference to talk about Windows 10, development tools, and the future. HoloLens and Microsoft's holographic computing initiative was one of the main features with some attendees getting into the Holographic Academy experience.
I wrote about the Holographic Academy, our introduction to the tools to write apps for HoloLens and my experience back then. This Holographic Academy was impressive because not only is HoloLens real but developers can start making apps for it using tools they already own today.
During the event, members of the press were forbidden to take photos or video of the two-hour session. However, it was obvious that Microsoft had plenty of filming going on with professional-grade video equipment strewn about the lab area. Now, that video has finally surfaced.
'Microsoft HoloLens: Holographic Academy and Project Origami' is a two-minute video that reveals the experience attendees had at Build. It also highlights features of HoloLens like spatial mapping, spatial sound, voice input, and gestures. These were all things we programmed into 'apps' for HoloLens and were able to experience firsthand that day.
There is still no word on when HoloLens will become available, pricing, or its target market. However, it is clear that this is not just a side project for Microsoft. Instead, it is a long-term commitment to the concept of holographic computing.
Ten years from now, we will look back at this as the time holograms entered our computing world. So make sure you take this moment in, it is rather a big deal!
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