Well, this is it. The day all my dreams came true. I started out playing 2D side-scrollers in mall arcades in the 1980s, but I’ll soon be able to fight holographic robots bursting through my living room walls using my handheld blaster that’s a wearable hologram. WTF.
Microsoft’s Kudo Tsunoda is one of the men in charge of HoloLens, a headset that lets you see virtual objects as if they existed in the real world. At E3 2015, he told me a bit about what we can expect from Microsoft’s holographic computer at launch—and admitted that one key issue will still need some ironing out.
When Microsoft said you’d be able to make Minecraft worlds appear in your living room with its new HoloLens headset, perhaps you squealed in glee. Or perhaps you wrote it off as smoke and mirrors—not reality. Guess what? I just played it. Everything you saw on stage is real.
Last night, I donned a Microsoft HoloLens for the second time. It was incredible. I could see objects made of light appear in the real world—and this time, I could freely walk around them without a tether. I even built my own holographic app. It felt so easy.
Remember Magic Leap, the elusive Google-funded company promising to make virtual objects look like they exist in the real world? The one whose technology we've never actually seen? The secretive startup just released this incredible video filled with robots, retro rayguns, and a holodeck-like user interface.
Magic Leap is secretly building a headset that could blend computer graphics with the real world. Recently, we lucked into a treasure trove of illustrations from Magic Leap about what that future might hold. There's just one problem: Magic Leap didn't actually create all those awesome UI concepts. It copied them.
Next month, Canon will start selling a weird mixed reality system that blends real and virtual objects in front of your eyes. Like Google Glasses, it sounds like our science-fiction dreams come true. Sort of. From what we can see in this video, wearing the new goggles makes the world a painful, disorienting place.…