Sunday, March 13, 2016

Augmented Reality Meta Company Hologram and Health Care

Meta 2, several years in development swept SXSW this year in Austin Texas.  Augmented reality is one step beyond virtual reality.

The hardware and software have been in development for several years.  If you remember Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible sweeping his hands in front of a semi-transparent screen, moving windows,dragging and dropping squeezing and rotating images, this is what we are talking about.

The operating system is open source, allowing just about any coder to write programs for the hardware. The headset is one step beyond a VR headset.  With VR the user cannot see beyond the visor. Using augmente  reality the use sees through the transparent goggle and manipulates the object(s) he sees in virtual space in front and for 360 degrees surrounding his head.

Other than the headset the augmented reality needs no other hardware other than a high end PC. The headset has built in stereo sound. At this stage of development the headset is tethered to the PC, but I am  sure there will be a wireless connectivity.

Meta 2’s game-changing breakthroughs in optics include a full 90-degree field of view and 2560 x 1440 high-dpi display. Plus the Meta 2 see-through headset makes everything below your eyebrows completely transparent and unobstructed so you can easily make eye contact with others. You can even wear the headset while wearing glasses.

At a TED talk in Austin reviewers waxed hyping it was the best thing since sliced bread. It has the potential to eliminate the need for monitors, keyboards and mice. Future development will need to factor in multiple viewers with different head sets. When applied to online gaming or other collaborative uses it is a ground breaker. It's application to robotic surgery is self-evident.

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