It’s not a Star Trek scene, it’s Microsoft’s HoloLens.

While sitting at home and flipping through channels, I watched the latest Microsoft’s commercial about holographic technology. I started browsing online and did some research about the technology, and I thought “Wow, they did it!” Holograms have been around for many years, however, a selected group of visionaries and technology leaders of Microsoft were the first create a standalone helmet that gives an illusion of a world you can just imagine. On January 22, 2015; Microsoft unveiled ‘HoloLens’ which will basically combine the digital with the physical world. Using advance processors and augmented reality built on Windows 10, HoloLens will allow wearers enhance real world scenarios in 3D.

Official Video

This is a big deal, I started thinking, and how can holograms fit into our world, what are its pros and cons? Think about it, with simple gestures we can unleash our creativity and if used wisely, this will create a big impact in science and education. Holograms can just make learning more fun. Students will experience an unimaginable level of engagement, as teachers will finally be able to replace chalkboards with modern projection screens to bring virtual guest speakers to the classroom using Telepresence Technology. Teleprecense is a form of robotic control that provides the participation of distant people. Students from all over the world will benefit from lessons delivered by teachers remotely. In addition, scientists are and will be able to continue exploring other planets from the comfort of their offices. One example of this is how NASA teamed up with Microsoft to control Curiosity and explore Mars.

All this is amazing news, for the pharmaceutical world, this would bring a tremendous help to surgeons who try to demonstrate a medical procedure to medical students. So then I think, what can be negative about HoloLens? So far, nothing, but there is more to come, HoloLens is now available for developers and organizations only, therefore this technology is still being  carefully reviewed in order to work the way it promises. I am personally excited about the technology; the price range from $3000 to 5000,  definitely worth it when we think about the contribution it will bring to science and education.

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