When you change the ways you see the world, you can change the world you see.
If like myself, you are usually the last to know about new, and innovative gadgets in the tech world, you may not be aware of Hololens technology, what it is, does, and why it will transform our world. After about 2 hours of research, and mesmerizing videos, I can understand what all the fuss is about.
What is Microsoft Hololens?
This seemingly clunky pair of high tech sunglasses, is going to transform the way that you see the world. Microsoft Hololens will allow you to blend the digital world with the real world.
While everyone will see you wearing glasses, you will be able to see images that no one else can see. Microsoft is attempting to allow you to combine your world with the wonders of a computer by overlaying images and objects into your surroundings.
The goggles will track your movements, watch your gaze and transform what you see by blasting light at your eyes (it doesn’t hurt). Because the device tracks where you are, you can use hand gestures — right now it’s only a midair click by raising and lowering your finger — to interact with the 3D images.
There’s a whole bunch of other hardware that’s designed to help the HoloLens’ effects feel believable. The device has a plethora of sensors to sense your movements in a room and it uses this information along with layers of colored glass to create images you can interact with or investigate from different angles. Want to see the back of a virtual bike in the middle of your kitchen? Just walk to the other side of it.
The goggles also have a camera that looks at the room, so the HoloLens knows where tables, chairs and other objects are. It then uses that information to project 3D images on top of and even inside them — place virtual dynamite on your desk and you might blow a hole to see what’s inside.
Let’s explore some of the innovative ways in which Hololens will surely transform our world!
New Ways to Visualize Our Work Imagine not only being able to draw your interior design plans for a new client, but to be able to see your work come to life, allowing you to make visual and realistic changes while you explore the room. Allowing your images and plans to blend in with your client’s current home, and to see how the changes will affect the environment in person.Advertising
Of course, Microsoft has been pushing this for the workplace too, showing how you can project a hologram of a robot over a robot in real life, allowing you test the changes as you work.
New Ways to Collaborate A favorite for a virtual business owner, like myself, I have always been fascinated with the way virtual businesses have been redefining teamwork and collaboration as it applies to the workplace and leadership. Microsoft Hololens, will certainly redefine the way teams work together, in and out of the office. We will now be able to transform the files we share with each other into a 3d playground, transforming projects into visual building blocks, and making work and collaborating something incredible.
New Ways to Teach and Learn I was fascinated to learn that medical education is a direction that Microsoft is interested in exploring. Hololens will allow medical students to explore each and every organ through 3D lenses that will allow them to zoom in on all of the details. But understanding this technology helps us to see that it will transform the way we all teach and learn, allowing tasks that seem challenging to be simplified.Advertising
New Ways to Explore Places We Have Never Been Go for a space walk on the moon, or explore Mars. There are no limits to the wonders of Hololens technology, and the way it will allow us to explore our world as it changes the way that we will see it. Taking away the limitations that we may otherwise have had to allow us to explore new worlds, as well as places we may have otherwise not been able to see.
Hololens allows us to go beyond the screen, allowing us to reach out, and to combine our world with one that we have long been fascinated with.Advertising
Featured photo credit: Microsoft via arstechnica.com
Last Updated on May 14, 2019
8 Replacements for Google Notebook
Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.
- Zoho Notebook
If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
- Net Notes
If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.
I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.
In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!