Microsoft’s HoloLens offers brief glimpse into the future


On my last day attending Microsoft’s developer conference I found myself in a hotel room—which had been converted into a makeshift locker room—with a small group of journalists.

Microsoft [fortune-stock symbol= »MSFT »] had invited me to try out HoloLens, the company’s futuristic headset capable of overlaying your real-world environment with interactive, three-dimensional images.
Guests invited to the demo were issued strict instructions that included leaving all belongings (like smartwatches and phones) in provided lockers before they could use the device.

Naturally, I accepted the invitation (and its rules) without any hesitation. In fact, I risked missing my flight back home in order to gaze into the future with it.

For the first few minutes, Microsoft employees escorted us from holding room to holding room, broadcasting every move across two-way radios sitting atop their hips. Eventually, a guide escorted us into a room with a HoloLens headset just a few feet away…

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