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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TOP VR HARD­WARE

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MI­CROSOFT HOLOLENS

The first un­teth­ered holo­graphic com­puter, HoloLens over­lays dif­fer­ent CG el­e­ments onto the trans­par­ent screen in front of each eye to cre­ate real-look­ing 3D holo­grams. HoloLens is per­fect for ex­pe­ri­ences that ben­e­fit from mix­ing the real world with the vir­tual – from see­ing how a chair would look in your liv­ing room to highly em­pa­thetic so­cial ex­pe­ri­ences such as meet­ing a hero or fig­ure from the news.

HoloLens can also re­ally read a room, from what an ob­ject is to what ma­te­rial it’s made from – it fea­tures 12 sen­sors in­clud­ing four en­vi­ron­ment-un­der­stand­ing cam­eras and four mi­cro­phones, and in­cludes spa­tial sound, gaze track­ing, ges­ture in­put and voice sup­port.

The slick head­piece is only avail­able to devel­op­ers at the mo­ment, and has a sub­stan­tial price tag of £2,700.

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