Walk through a photorealistic 3D world, in which you can grab and manipulate virtual objects like real objects. Computers are so powerful it can be in the mid-10s, and Microsoft seized the possibilities of 2015 with both hands. Meet what I think can be called the first really thoughtful migration of a major party into augmented reality: Microsoft Hololens.
To give a first impression, below is the very popular computer game Minecraft among children. Mojang Software, the developer of Minecraft, was bought by Microsoft in 2014 for the GNP of a small third world country. In a short film of about a minute, a player wearing the Hololens literally steps into the blocky world of Minecraft.
Get the taste? Below is a more extensive demonstration, which also shows the user interface of HoloLens in detail. Windows 10, the operating system that will power HoloLens, takes over the user's environment and integrates it seamlessly into the augmented reality interface. In this demo you can see how a user designs a drone by manipulating virtual 3D objects.
With these smashing demonstrations, I think the competition from Microsoft, think Oculus Rift and Google Glass, has been shaken up roughly. 2015 will be the year of augmented reality, real life. Drones will become ubiquitous in the coming years and, like the Google carts now, will capture the world in virtual reality. After this, I think the rest of the solar system will be next. We do not know whether Microsoft will become the leader, but the Hololens project shows courage, vision and brilliance. I think they have the best cards.