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A Microsoft HoloLens user using virtual reality to navigate through Windows with an application window on the left, and the Holographic Start menu on the right. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Virtual reality future: Microsoft reveals at TED

AFP News agency

The audience at the annual TED event Wednesday experienced the future of virtual reality first-hand.

The goal is for the technology to one day replace computer displays, mouses and keyboards and maybe even your mobile phone screen and keypad, as in the 2002 futurist movie Minority Report starring Tom Cruise (see here).

Someone pretending to be Tom Cruise operating the futuristic hologram virtual reality computer interface in the film Minority report (Source: Wikipedia).

Microsoft inventor Alex Kipman put on the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality (AR) headgear and a camera showed the TED audience what Kipman saw through his HoloLens as he used gestures to turn the space around him into a cave, a fantasy land and even the surface of the moon.

The inventor called forth magical landscapes, cold-hard data, and even summoned the hologram of a NASA scientist for a chat.

Then he made a virtual television screen appear floating in the air, demonstrating how augmented-reality gear could eliminate the need for real TV sets.

Then he launched a video phone call to his family in the US.

HoloLens has already been used on the International Space Station and by NASA scientists.

The HoloLens augmented-realtiy goggles. (Source: Microsoft)


Microsoft has made HoloLens kits available to developers for $3,000 a piece but has remained silent about when versions of the AR visors will be sold to consumers or at what price.

The plan is to have a rich array of applications, games and other AR experiences available before HoloLens hits the market and thus to make a good first impression.

Augmented reality (AR) provides a user with a real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sound, video, graphics and GPS data.

By contrast, virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulation of reality.


Augmented reality could also be a major entertainment breakthrough, a sort of futuristic movie theater.

When you go to a movie, you go into a theatre. Using this new technology you go into a virtual stage and you actually live in the movie.

Kipman's demo transformed the room into an imaginary world.

Wearers imagined themselves transported to the entrance of an ancient temple, taking fire from a god and facing off to fight with a giant snake.

Theme parks are envisioned as one possible application were people visit a Jurassic world, a fantasy world or time travel back to the past and visit the Great Wall of China, for instance.

Computer tracking of hands and fingers lets people manipulate objects in virtual environments with the kind of dexterity a person has in the real world.

I'm not just being shown a digital space, I am actually in a digital space, is the feeling that this technology aims for.

Mechanical engineer working on a design using virtual reality HoloLens (Source: Microsoft).


Virtual reality is among the top technology trends of the future, projected to be the next widely used technology following current popular trends of photo and video-sharing on Facebook.

Facebook-owned Oculus is already taking pre-orders for eagerly-awaited Rift headgear and Sony is poised to field a rival device that works with PlayStation video game consoles.

HoloLens technology expected to transform gaming also. (Source: YouTube))

While video game players have been natural early targets for virtual reality, the technology is being put to use for education, medicine, engineering, sports, pornography and more.

Most virtual reality gear demonstrated thus far has immersed people in imaginary worlds as spectators or used hand-held controllers for interacting with fantasy environments.

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ancient : very old - ที่เก่าแก่ ที่โบราณ

annual : happening every year - ทุกๆปีด, ประจำปี

array : a group or collection of things or people, often one that is large or impressive - การจัดเรียง, ขบวน

audience : the group of people gathered in one place to watch or listen to a play, film, someone speaking, etc. - ผู้ชม

augment (verb): increase, add to, expand - เพิ่ม, ขยาย, เพิ่มพูน, พอกพูน

breakthrough : an achievement that comes after a lot of hard work - การพัฒนาหรือการค้นพบที่ยิ่งใหญ่, การบุกเข้าไปในแนวเขตของคู่ต่อสู้

call forth : to make appear -

chat : a friendly informal conversation - การพูดคุย

content : the subject, ideas, or story that a piece of writing or a radio or television programme deals with - เนื้อหา,สาระ

current : of the present time - ปัจจุบัน

data : facts or information, especially when examined and used to find out things or to make decisions - ข้อมูล, ตัวเลข, สถิติ

demo (noun): showing people how a product works - สาธิต, เดโม่

demonstrate (verb): to show something and explain how it works - สาธิต

demonstrate : to show something clearly by giving proof or evidence - พิสูจน์, แสดงให้เห็นจริ

dexterity : great skill in using your hands, legs or your mind - ความคล่องแคล่ว, ความว่องไว

display : computer screen; the words, pictures, etc. shown on a computer screen - จอภาพของเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์

eliminate : to get rid of - กำจัด ลดตำแหน่งงาน

entertainment : fun; behaviour or activities that are not serious but come from a sense of enjoyment - ความบันเทิง, ความสนุกสนาน

entrance : a door, gate, passage, etc. used for entering a room, building or place - ทางเข้า

environment : a place, including all the physical conditions that affect it - สภาพแวดล้อม, สิ่งแวดล้อม

experience (verb): to have something happen to you or to live through some event - ประสบ

fantasy : a pleasant situation that you imagine but that is unlikely to happen - การจินตนาการ

first impressions : the way that you feel about a person when you first see them - ความประทับใจครั้งแรก

first-hand : gained by doing something yourself, obtained directly from someone who is involved in something - โดยตรง, ได้รับโดยตรงด้วยตัวเอง

futuristic : strange and very modern, or intended or seeming to come from some imagined time in the future - นำสมัย

gear : the special clothes or equipment that you use for a particular activity - อุปกรณ์ ในการทำกิจกรรมต่างๆ

gesture : a movement that communicates a feeling or instruction - ลักษณะท่าทาง

goal : aim; purpose - เป้าหมาย จุดมุ่งหมาย

hologram (noun): a special type of picture in which the objects seem to be three-dimensional (= solid rather than flat) - ภาพสามมิติ, ฮอโลแกรม

imaginary : existing only in your mind or imagination - ซึ่งสมมุติขึ้น, ซึ่งไม่มีอยู่จริง

imagined : believing something that is not true or only thought to be true - จินตนาการ, นึกฝัน, นึกเอาเอง, คาดคิด

immersed : to become or make somebody completely involved in something - หมกมุ่น

interact with : communicate with or react to - มีปฏิกิริยากับ

inventor : someone who has designed or created something such as a machine or process that did not exist before - นักประดิษฐ์

launch : starting something - การเริ่มต้น

magical : wonderful; very enjoyable - วิเศษ, มหัศจรรย์

major : very large or important - สำคัญมาก

manipulate (verb): to control or use something in a skilful way - จัดการ, ,ยักย้าย, เปลี่ยนแปลงให้เหมาะสม

object : a thing that can be seen or touched, but is not alive - วัตถุ, สิ่งของ

one day : in the future -

popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ

pornography : books, magazines, DVDs, etc. that describe or show naked people and sexual acts in order to make people feel sexually excited, especially in a way that many other people find offensive - หนังสือ ภาพ เรื่องเขียน หนังและศิลปะที่ลามก

project : to make a calculation or guess about the future based on information that you have - คาดคะเน

reality : what is actually happening - ความเป็นจริง

replace : to change from one thing to another - แทน

rich : interesting, with a lot of different qualities, experiences or events - อุดมไปด้วย

screen (noun): a display on a phone, computer, etc. that shows information -

simulate : to do or make something which looks real but is not real - จำลอง

simulation : a situation in which a particular set of conditions is created artificially in order to study or experience something that could exist in reality - การจำลอง

sort of : to some extent but not completely - ทำนองนั้น

space : an area or a place that is empty or that can be moved about freely - ที่ว่าง

spectator : a person who watches an activity without taking part - ผู้เข้าชม

stage (noun): a raised area, usually in a theatre, etc. where actors, dancers, speakers etc. perform - เวที

summon : to officially order someone to come to a place - ออกหนังสือเรียกตัว

surface : the outside or top layer of something - ผิวหน้า, ผิวภายนอก, ด้านนอก

transform : to change from one form into another - เปลี่ยนไปสู่อีกสิ่งหนึ่ง

transport : moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง

trend : a gradual change or development that produces a particular result   - ทิศทาง แนวโน้ม

underway : happening - กำลังเกิดขึ้น

virtual (adj): using images and often sounds that are produced by a computer and connected equipment to make the user feel as if they are in real three-dimensional space - สภาวะเสมือนจริงที่จำลองโดยเทคนิคทางคอมพิวเตอร์

virtual reality : images and sounds that are produced by a computer and connected equipment to make the user feel as if they are in real three-dimensional space - สภาวะเสมือนจริงที่จำลองโดยเทคนิคทางคอมพิวเตอร์


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