• HoloLens is truly a magical device

Like most people working in the VR / AR industry I’ve been following the news around Microsoft HoloLens with a heightened sense of anticipation. We’ve known for some time that the Field-of-View (FoV) isn’t as good in reality as that which was portrayed in the earliest videos but in fairness to Microsoft they’ve been making a better effort to clarify the difference between the conceptual and the current reality in more recent videos.

FoV aside though I’ve long wondered if the HoloLens could possibly live up to all my other expectations. In particular, having built a number of AR apps ourselves at Simvirtua that orient themselves in the world the traditional way – using fiducial markers – I wondered if the holograms could possibly be as rock solid steady as they appeared to be in the demos.

Well, having finally had a chance to try it out, courtesy of Action Point in Limerick, I’m happy to report that they absolutely are. In fact, they’re incredibly steady, almost millimeter steady at a guesstimate. Unfortunately that doesn’t quite come across in the video I recorded, presumably due to some disparity between the placement of the camera and my own eyes, or the way I was wearing the headset. But let me assure you that in person these holograms were rock solid steady regardless of how much and how quickly I moved. Which was astonishing to me. And obviously, they felt dramatically more real in 3D than they look here in 2D –

Special thanks to John Savage, Technical Director at Action Point for the opportunity to try the headset and the great patience in tutoring me 😉

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