This January Microsoft announced Microsoft HoloLens, a holographic user interface. In their own words they describe it as follows…
“Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully untethered, see-through holographic computer. It enables high-definition holograms to come to life in your world, seamlessly integrating with your physical places, spaces, and things. We call this experience mixed reality. Holograms mixed with your real world will unlock all-new ways to create, communicate, work, and play.”
It is a great leap forward after Google Glasses, which projected information in the corner of its screen but never actually integrated with the ‘real world’. HoloLens takes it a real step further and can become part of your life. The possibilities are endless. You can suddenly project a screen everywhere, turn your living room in a 3D shooter or project a sunny beach on your windows. But these are just the things we can imagine right now… the great thing about HoloLens is that it will open up a whole new world of possibilities that we can’t even imagine, but that will slowly develop itself in the coming years.
For me the great thing about this technology is its connection with real life. I see so many educational purposes for HoloLens. Imagine a classroom of kids suddenly walking on the moon, going to the deep sea or having a volcano.
Or when I think of it: a class could learn endless things about nature and evolution by playing a holographic version of the game Spore in their classroom. That would bring the kids back to their classrooms every day.