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Microsoft CEO reckons HoloLens will be ‘the ultimate computer’

Satya Nadella reckons HoloLens is a lot more than just a fancy augmented reality tool. In fact, the Microsoft CEO thinks it could be “the ultimate computer”.

Microsoft unveiled the HoloLens back in January 2015, presenting a unique vision of a head-mounted computer with augmented reality properties. Even then it stood out a mile from the regular VR crowd.

More recently the company has sent out development kits to enable developers to start making apps and games for the device. There’s been no news on a final consumer edition, however.

Related: What is HoloLens?

Microsoft big cheese Nadella offered some more thoughts on HoloLens recently in an interview with Bloomberg, and it’s clear he believes it to be much more than just a gimmick. “To me, it’s the ultimate computer,” he said.

“If you think of your field of view as a human becoming an infinite digital display—so not only do you see the analog world, but you are able to see in it digital artefacts, any screen you want, any object you want. So that’s what we’re doing with HoloLens.”

The HoloLens headset works by overlaying digital graphics over a clear, unobstructed view of the world. This feature, along with the fact it isn’t tethered to a separate PC, suggests that it could be much more practically useful than the likes of the Oculus Rift.

But will it be as useful as Satya Nadella seems to think, or will it just be a cool way to play Minecraft?

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Microsoft HoloLens: Interesting experiment or ultimate computer? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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