Before I get to the live holographic teleportation, which is amazing, I’ll give you a little background information. HoloLens is mixed reality. It allows you to interact with virtual holograms and real objects in your physical world with holographic technology through a headset (the lens straps onto your head and partially covers your eyes). Last year I showed my students the Minecraft HoloLens video by Minecraft Gameplay. They were totally blown away (I didn’t blog it as I was having some time off 🙂 ).
When I was at the Surface Summit in Seattle, I had the opportunity to experience mixed reality through Microsofts’ HoloLens, bringing Mars to Earth project. When I placed the lens on, I needed to fix it to my head by adjusting the straps at the back. Then, looking through the lens I was able to walk around and see the features of Mars. There were other people in the room, I could see them walking and the mixed reality world of Mars at the same time.
I personally liked this better than the full experience of Virtual Reality. Virtual reality is computer technology that uses headsets (covers your entire vision), sometimes in combination with physical spaces or multi-projected environments, to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulates a user’s physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment. Last year when I put on a head set and went to explore a virtual reality of the moon, my legs became shaky, I couldn’t move, it was too real. My students were saying, “Just walk around, Ms Villis, it is so cool”. I took off the headset and replied, “Who would like another turn instead of me?” There were many takers 😉 , allowing me to grab a paper bag and try to start breathing normally again.
Below is a video of how HoloLens can transform learning. Then underneath, if you have time, watch the TED talk on ‘The dawn of age of holograms’. If you skip the TED video to 11 minutes, you can see a live holographic teleportation. This is awesome!
TED talk: ‘The dawn of age of holograms’