Microsoft is one of the biggest technology players, dabbling in software and hardware alike. The company was founded April 4th, 1975 by the two friends Bill Gates and Paul Allen in New Mexico, US. The inspiration was an article in Popular Electronics about microcomputer Altair 8000 – believing in the coming home computer revolution, the pair developed a programming language for the Altair –Microsoft BASIC. Microsoft’s true breakthrough, however, came with the operating system Windows in 1984.
What’s all that got to do with holo|one and Augmented Reality (or, as Microsoft prefers to call it, Mixed Reality)?
In 2015, Microsoft released their AR hardware - HoloLens, then described as ‘the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen’ – which isn’t far from the truth. At the time of release, HoloLens was the first Augmented Reality device fully leveraging spatial computing technology (also drawing attention from organizations such as NASA), which enabled users to truly experience holograms in 3D space. The headset is without a doubt one of the strongest on the market.
Now, 4 years later, Microsoft is moving further: in February, a new model was announced during the GSMA Mobile World Conference, formerly known as the Mobile World Congress - one of the world’s largest exhibitions in the mobile sector.
The new device is called HoloLens 2 and it will likely be the most advanced AR headset on the market when it is released. A common belief in Silicon Valley is that the new era of computing will be worn on our faces - and giants such as Apple, Facebook and Huawei are racing to develop Augmented Reality glasses. Which would be small enough to be comfortable worn and still powerful enough to project digital images onto the real world.
We are eagerly waiting for the release of each new headset in order to try out their new capabilities and integrate our solution to their hardware.