On the TED stage in Vancouver, Canada, Alex Kipman demoed his newest baby: the Microsoft HoloLens. And he did it with a visual bang. Kipman teleported a hologram of a NASA scientist onto the stage. Here's a look at the new technology and how it could transform your world.
A new reality
Kipman onstage during his TED talk in Vancouver, Canada, wearing a HoloLens headset. (Credit: TED2016 screengrab)
The HoloLens headset, which is equipped with loads of sensors, a fish-eye-lens camera and a holographic processing unit. (Photo Credit: Microsoft)
Kipman demonstrates how the HoloLens lets you overlay holograms onto the real word, which the headset maps out with spatial mapping technology at five frames per second, in real-time. With hand gestures the wearer can move and modify the holograms. (Credit: TED2016 screengrab)
And those holograms can be unlike real life, as Kipman demonstrates with the fairy (or elf) onstage with him. (Credit: TED2016 screengrab)
With HoloLens the wearer can transform their room (or a TED talk stage) into a glowing make-believe forest that the person can walk through and explore. (Credit: TED2016 screengrab)
NASA scientist Jeff Norris was teleported, or at least a hologram of him was, onto the stage with Kipman. "I'm actually in three places," Norris said. "I'm standing in a room across the street while I'm standing on the stage with your while I'm standing on mars a hundred million miles away."
He added, "This is a precise holographic replica of Mars built from data captured by the Curiosity Mars rover." (Credit: TED2016 screengrab)
HoloLens for science
NASA is using HoloLens to allow astronauts to explore other planets like Mars with their feet planted firmly on Earth. (Credit: TED2016 screengrab)
HoloLens in space
NASA and Microsoft engineers test Project Sidekick on NASA’s Weightless Wonder C9 jet. Project Sidekick will use Microsoft HoloLens to provide virtual aid to astronauts working on the International Space Station. (Photo Credit: NASA)
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