Microsoft's Mixed Reality Headsets: What We Know

Microsoft Mixed Reality Headsets

 

Have you ever dreamed of traveling a place without leaving your home? Ever thought of doing something very dangerous without getting hurt? Then you must have already tried Virtual reality(VR), with all the buzz around the VR headsets going on.

But there is another type of reality called Augmented reality (AR). Remember Pokemon Go? It is an augmented reality game. Aside VR and AR, another type of reality exists that is Mixed Reality. Both VR and AR comes under this Mixed Reality. 

According to Wikipedia, Mixed Reality also called as Hybrid Reality is the merging of real and virtual worlds where physical objects interact with digital objects. Pretty interesting, right? But is it the same as Microsoft's Mixed Reality?

Microsoft Mixed Reality: A Confusion?

Microsoft in its recent event announced a new technology called Mixed Reality where digital world meets the real one. But the confusion occurred when Microsoft showcased an Acer mixed reality headset. The headset encloses your head taking you to a virtual space which technically makes it VR, according to the people who got hands on this device.

This may not be the thing later after the headsets get shipped. Microsoft may then include the things it showed during its event, where it brought various digital objects into reality. The absence of that future in the demo headsets brought a lof of confusion to the users and the question Why naming them the Mixed reality? still remains. 

Microsoft Hololens
Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens released a few years back is an AR headset where it lets you project things around you for interaction. Even though the headset failed to gather enough buzz, its technological advancement gave Microsoft an edge in alternate realities. The mixed reality headset released now lacked HoloLens features, at least for now, and now people are confused with the term mixed reality.

Various headsets coming soon
Various Headsets coming soon

Keeping the questions aside, here are some of the salient features of the mixed reality headsets:

  • The headset will be available through various manufacturers like Acer, HP, Dell and more
  • Unlike HoloLens, the headset need to be connected to a PC or Laptop for working
  • This interconnection will help the headset run more demanding situations thanks to the dedicated processors and graphic cards on a computer
  • The headset will show you a personal office where you can pin your apps, do some work and play games all within the headset
  • Virtual tours to places let you live a 360-degree video
  • The headset maps the surroundings preventing you to bump into surrounding objects
  • The office can be modified as per required through various customizations
  • The headsets will be likely to be made of low cost for helping tutors and students
  • Comes with controllers for better interaction with apps and games
  • Virtual walk available without needing you to walk around thanks to the controllers
Personal Office
Personal Office

These headsets may be different than the VR headsets available now, but they are likely to be well equipped to run more demanding applciations. Even though there likely be some resistance to the headsets becasue of the confusion Microsoft created, but with seamless integration with our computers and phones these headsets are one to look out for.

 

SOURCE: Microsoft, Verge

Tags: Microsoft , news , technology

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