Microsoft Build live demos show off HoloLens potential

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Microsoft Build conference 2015. Yaaaaaaawn, we know.

But hold on, you've forgotten that Microsoft is no longer the most boring tech company in the world - it's the company behind HoloLens, quite possibly the most innovative device it, or any other tech giant for that matter, has come up with in the last few years.

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And over in San Francisco, at the Build developer conference, the company showed off a live demo of the HoloLens headset in action.

It did this by having a chap walk around in the HoloLens world, while at the same time a camera, mounted with a HoloLens itself, showed the audience what the wearer was experiencing. Skip to around 2.39.30 here to see for yourself:

If you can't be bothered to watch the video, you're a busy guy, we get it, this little summary should suffice; it shows off a man in a living room environment pinning virtual screens to his walls (and resizing them), opening Skype windows and chilling with a robot.

There's some stuff about medical research and some more robot action, but you get the gist.

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Microsoft has also released a new, behind the scenes video which shows off some early prototype designs and gives an indication as to how all the futuristic sounding tech is packed into the HoloLens headset.

It's very cool, we're sure you'll agree. We can't wait to test one out.


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Wareable Media Group co-CEO Paul launched Wareable with James Stables in 2014, after working for a variety of the UK's biggest and best consumer tech publications including Pocket-lint, Forbes, Electric Pig, Tech Digest, What Laptop, T3 and has been a judge for the TechRadar Awards. 

Prior to founding Wareable, and subsequently The Ambient, he was the senior editor of MSN Tech and has written for a range of publications.

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