Microsoft demonstrated their AR HMD, Microsoft HoloLens, again at their Build Developer Conference during the keynote. The HoloLens part of the keynote was hosted by Alex Kipman, one of the creators of HoloLens, and you can watch the full HoloLens presentation above. Unfortunately they didn’t demonstrate any games, but once again they did present both live stage demos and video demos.
The live stage demos were:
- A general home demo which showed a basic example of how it could be used around the house by pinning and placing various apps on walls and furniture, including a video player which can be un-pinned and follow you around and also expanded to fill a wall so that it’s like watching a huge-screen TV/mini cinema screen. There was also a virtual dog called Fang, but it was just sitting in the middle of the stage and the man demonstrating the HoloLens didn’t interact with it beyond just saying “Hey buddy!” to it, unfortunately.
- A medical student demo by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic which showed a a member of the HoloLens team act as a medical student interacting with a virtual cadaver that grew from veins to organs to skeleton to muscles to external body then separated out into those different models of the body when she air-clicked on it.
There was a thin beam coming from her HoloLens (when viewed by someone else wearing a HoloLens, which the camera filming the presentation was fitted with so we could see the “holograms“) that showed exactly where she was looking and when she looked at a part of the virtual body and air-clicked on it a larger image of the part appeared such as a femur bone or the heart which was animated to show it beating and could also be looked inside of.
- The final live stage demo had another member of the HoloLens team interact with a small half physical half virtual robot on wheels that they built called B15 which uses a Raspberry Pi 2 running Windows 10 that communicates with HoloLens. The demo showed using voice and a virtual control panel to interact with B15 as well as scanning the stage using HoloLens and putting path-finding markers by looking at and air-clicking points on the floor, which B15 used to move around the stage.
The video demos were:
- A company called Trimble using HoloLens for architecture and construction. Their first demonstration was an architect creating and interacting with 3D “holographic” blueprints, including creating a big “holographic” representation of the final buildings. It showed that you can use a mouse with HoloLens. Their second demonstration showed a constrution worker communicating with the architect via HoloLens and used “holograms” of the parts of the building they are working on so that the designs can be perfectly implemented during construction.
- The other video demo was mostly a “behind the scenes” video briefly showing and talking about some of the various components in HoloLens such as the sensors and audio. The clips of demos in the video were from video demos already shown when HoloLens was first revealed.
Developing For HoloLens Session
The second day of Build featured an interview session with Alex Kipman about HoloLens called Developing For HoloLens where, among many other things talked about, he confirmed that HoloLens uses a built-in “next generation Kinect” that’s “significantly more powerful” than the current Kinect. You can watch the Developing For HoloLens session below:
Although there were no games shown at Build I would say it’s highly likely that we’ll see some at E3 since Microsoft have confirmed that they’ll be showing more of HoloLens there.
If you want to find out more about Microsoft HoloLens then check out our Forum where 123KINECT Forum member dirtyvu has collected various HoloLens information and videos from across the internet: http://123kinect.com/kinect-forums/thread-5590.html