HoloLens is Microsoft’s officially first state of the art mixed reality headset. Mixed reality is the combination of the real world and augmented reality. Augmented reality is different from virtual reality. Augmented reality uses a combination of reality and virtual reality to superimpose images and text on real-world objects. This will allow the user to see and experience things which are not visible to other people in the same setting. Alex Kipman is the Microsoft inventor of the HoloLens. The best thing about the device is that it does not need to connect to any other external devices to perform any functions. Everything from the internet connection, speakers, screen and even the microphone are built into the device. Let’s have a detailed look at the specifications of the device.

Microsoft HoloLens Technical Specifications:

HoloLens is a completely stand-alone device which does not require to be connected to a laptop, PC or external screen. The device weighs 579grams. The device comes with a 64GB of storage out of which almost 10GB of space is used by the operating system. The remaining 54GB is usable by the user. HoloLens has 2GB RAM. The HoloLens has a 32-bit Intel processor, which is 64-bit capable. But in reality, the preinstalled operating system is a 32-bit version of Windows 10.

Using Bluetooth connectivity a clicker which is an accessory can be used instead of having to perform air gestures to operate the device. Microsoft’s personal statement is that the device has a battery standby time of 2 weeks. In reality, the device’s battery lasts for just over 5 hours on average or 2.5 hours under heavy load. Viewers using the device will use the 2 screens in combination with a ratio of 16:9. The device has built-in speakers with spatial sound and 4 microphones. Listeners will hear sounds in context to their location and surroundings.

Microsoft HoloLens Functions & Features:

Common sense would dictate that physically completing a task is better than virtually performing the assignment. There are certain situations where the margin of error is extremely limited. At the same time, the repercussions of making the slightest error can mean the difference between life and death or enormous production costs. Even for qualified professionals having specialised instructions available at the time of performing these actions will become a pearl of great price. The price of the Microsoft HoloLens headset is $ 3,000 (roughly £ 2,160). With that price in mind, it should be quite obvious that organisations or people purchasing this headset will not be purchasing it mainly for entertainment purposes or playing games.

Practical Applications of Microsoft HoloLens:


There are several organisations which have embraced the operation of the Microsoft HoloLens device. The Microsoft HoloLens collaboration with Volvo has helped the company connect with its customers on a much deeper level. Now Volvo can easily answer all the questions of potential customers with real live examples in augmented reality at a fraction of the cost. The customers can make better more informed decisions grounded on the information presented by the company. In addition to an honourable and reliable reputation worldwide, the company can now market their product employing ultramodern techniques.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator is another company which is using the HoloLens technology to improve customer facilitation. ThyssenKrupp delivers lifts, escalators and other home architecture solutions to its customers. The implication of the HoloLens device is a double-edged sword. It gives the customer the opportunity to visualise what the final product will look like before it is physically installed. It also gives engineers the opportunity to identify any obstacles and or obstructions to the successful installation. The final outcome is a customised product delivered in 4 times the less time it would have taken without the use of the HoloLens device.