Well played Microsoft, they are actually really taking steps in the right direction IMO. People keep trying to convince me and others about how VR is the future and Facebook's buying Oculus would spur it on. But my thoughts have always been, since I first heard of it, conceived it and then saw it. No no no, screw VR, AR is the future. I think this is a very promising step forward for it. Microsoft showed off its illumiroom tech 2 years ago and we were a little underwhelmed by its holodeck aspirations. It did keep working on it though and now this.
You see with VR the real world becomes a problem making real world movement an issue, with this, smaller, refined, implanted as a chip. You could walk around applying skins to your life. Your dull drab apartment building actually showing off modern works of art.
But everyone could see it however they bent reality to their will, where someone might have a whitewashed wall displaying a Monet I may choose to see a beloved memory of Old Trafford. Anything could be possible.
But that could be weird and cause problems with work right? Wrong, potential to work from anywhere is obvious turn your home onto an office and fire up Skype with the rest of office using their voice for their avatar sat at their desk. And for jobs where you need to be at a workplace, you quite simply lock in the room plans so that people operating on that WiFi see this building this way.
OK so it never will...but indulge for a moment and imagine if Google and Microsoft could find a way to play nice...Imagine. Google with all its learned from Glass along with the Tattoo and Pill computer projects within ATAP combined with project tango for real world environment mapping and that kind of leap...(leap motion should totally be on board) to fully Augmented Reality might not be so far away.
So I'm saying it now...don't shrug this off, don't think, oh Microsoft why do you still try when nobody wants to be your friend anymore. This will be big...and they look pretty cool I mean given what it is.
CNET: Microsoft's HoloLens explained: How it works and why it's different. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw1L7z0yA