One of the main points of discussion regarding the HoloLens has been its field of view (FOV). Many journalists complain that the FOV is fairly limited. It's hard to imagine what it looks like, especially since there are no videos or pictures that describe the FOV. That's why I decided to make this video, to demonstrate what it looks like to look through HoloLens. Check out the video, and then continue reading below!
Things I was impressed about:
- Amazing tracking. The holograms tracked the surroundings extremely well. In my past experience with augmented reality, the digital objects usually "float" about (much like in my video, unfortunately). They don't stay tight on the surroundings. HoloLens had superb tracking. I tried moving fast - up, down, diagonal, little jumps. I could not get the holograms to budge from where they were supposed to be! I'm most impressed by this.
- Great voice and gesture tracking. I played a game called "X-Ray" in which aliens invaded my room through the walls. I could shout out "X-Ray" which caused time to slow down and for me to look through walls. I used a finger gesture to shoot the aliens with laser beams. Both voice control and gestures worked well.
- Size and fit. The actual hardware was not heavy and had multiple adjustment settings to fit snug around my head. After being sucked into the game, I forgot it was even on my head!
Things that could improve:
- Although the FOV still allowed for what I would consider an immersive experience, I can only imagine that a device that extends to your peripheral vision will be WAY better!
- The HoloLens team was fairly proud of the built-in speakers on the device, touting a surround sound experience. In my opinion, the audio was a bit light and I think the bass could definitely improve.
- I was a bit sad to hear that the device was optimized for indoor use only. I'm not sure what the brightness settings are, but I imagine that the holograms might also look a little transparent or washed out in a well-lit room. I was in a fairly dark environment, and could still see through the holograms (they were almost opaque, but not quite).