Microsoft's HoloLens will bring the optimal experience for FPV flying?

Its very early to judge, whether Microsoft Hololens is going to be a good product, but from what i see it could be the ultimate FPV solution. Just imagine Telemetry, video screen and a natural view of the drone all on a holographic, augmented reality glasses. The setup should also be fast, because its Windows! Just setup APMplanner and a screen from light bridge and you are ready to go. No laptops or tablets, no fpv monitors, just your goggles and a radio in hands. I think we might see some review of that setup in the next several months.

Here's an article:

Microsoft's HoloLens headset is a holographic display for Windows 10

Microsoft is building support for holographic displays into Windows 10, so it only makes sense that the company would make one of those displays, wouldn't it? Meet HoloLens, an official headset with see-through lenses that merges digital content with the physical. It includes spatial sound so that you can hear things happening behind you in the virtual world, and it even has a dedicated Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) to make sure everything works smoothly. The company is shy about just when it'll start selling HoloLens, but it should be available "in the Windows 10 time frame."


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Comment by technicus acityone on January 21, 2015 at 4:13pm

Just another high-q system. Bur from very expensive vendor =)

Comment by Greg Dronsky on January 21, 2015 at 4:35pm

i think they could also include some kinect features which could also be useful during takeoff landing...

Comment by Gary McCray on January 21, 2015 at 5:25pm

Noting that Google Glass just took a big leap into non-existence, I am afraid that this may be yet another attempt to build a halfway solution for the thing they really need.

I do think that augmented reality eye glasses are eventually going to become common place in spite of privacy and safety concerns.

Nvidias new 970 and 980 series GPUs and the soon to be released 960 do have sufficient power for augmented reality and even stereo 3D VR, but the headware is still a serious barrier.

I am developing for the Oculus Rift, DK2, but that makes no pretenses of being an augmented reality head set, it is useful for straight VR only (and maybe FPV).

And I would say in that regard, the Rift is well on track.

But the reality is that for augmented reality, you really need a variable interference device.

One that can go from full transparent to full opaque as is required at the time.

Google Glass suffered from giving you a tiny little display on one corner of one eye, so the quantity of information that could be supplied was extremely limited, of course, it also looked extremely geeky and when privacy concerns started coming to the fore, it labeled you as a perverted little geek.

I think the reason it was summarily bundled off the market was the Google execs horror at have Glasses users labeled "glassholes".

This thing from Microsoft no doubt has some serious GPU horsepower, but it looks like it is relying on fixed vision reducing shading to provide a sufficient backdrop for a more comprehensive display.

This seems to me legally and realistically unsafe and personally very sub-optimal.

If Google Glass looked geeky, this instantly identifies you as a super geek and it compromises your normal vision even if it isn't turned on.

Great if you like to have total strangers pointing at you and laughing (or arresting you for supposed violation of their privacy).

What is needed is a non-descript pair of completely variable opacity sunglasses with everything built in, possibly communicating with your pocket super computer with a very high bandwidth wireless link.

Those would let you do anything and if you could dynamically control where and how much was opaque and covered with display, so much the better.

It is probably going to be a while before we see those, but unfortunately for this product half way solutions present more problems than solutions.

Comment by Greg Dronsky on January 21, 2015 at 5:41pm

@Gary McCray intersting point of view. Cool you develop for Oculus, it's an awesome peace of gear.

I think Google thought Glass was targeted to wrong market, or simply was a bad experience for that market. The camera issue was the main scapegoat...

Here is a video, where HoloLens is shown in action:

Comment by Gary McCray on January 21, 2015 at 6:04pm

Hi Greg,

The camera is certainly what got everybody fired up about privacy concerns and that resulted in negative publicity, negative publicity totally unexpected by the Google executives.

They figured the geeky part was just part of the process, but the not inconsiderable negative public feedback relating to privacy was not something they had foreseen and when the term "glasshole" was coined they were truly horrified.

Whatever it is when it comes back I bet it will not be called "Google Glass" and they will have a language group pre-check it for unfortunate alliterations.

That said, it is also apparent that they never quite got their customer / beta tester (who wants to spend $1500.00 on a tool with not very many or well executed functions) right either.

They know that too, but the big problem they have to solve is public perception.

Microsoft is going to face the same hurdles with their visor as well.

But maybe their much greater whole field of view functionality

will give them serious enough utility to get past the camera / privacy thing.

After looking at the video I am more impressed that they have certainly made a much more immersive and comprehensive effort than "Glass".

But that will also bring up the safety issue, crossing at intersections while using cellphones has already been outlawed in several places, I can imagine how that is going to work while watching a 3D move while walking through traffic (or driving).

Of course those are examples that are stupid for people to do in the first place, but one thing you can always count on is that there is no shortage of really stupid people.

Comment by technicus acityone on January 21, 2015 at 11:51pm

Gary McCray 5 hours ago

The camera is certainly what got everybody fired up about privacy concerns and that resulted in negative publicity, negative publicity totally unexpected by the Google executives.

 any camera in u hands - t.e. in smartphones or drones is push "privacy" of some shaking individuals.

p.s. huge amount camaras on any corner of streets, in all shops (from big to smallest), bankomats, cars, etc. - find there u "privacy" -  nobody cares ?.

Comment by Cliff-E on January 22, 2015 at 12:18am

Cue in:

  • Epson Moverio (DJI phantom prototype app in the works), I have one and it works great. Version 2: lighter ad think: natural interfaces...
  • Sony Smart Eye glass (full face, demoed at CES), tried it, super light as heck, and OLED's coming.
  • Toshiba Glass (demoed at CES, needs work)
  • ODG smart glasses
  • Vuzix eye wear

With everyone now entering the market, more glasses are likely to surface.

Having a moverio, when you're in video recording mode, there's red led that turns on, solving the privacy issue. I also wrote my own app to display telemetry via wifi and can turn it on/off based on head gestures; it works, except not used to wifi latency and flying with good sunlight washes the screen out. I do like its dolby surround for non-flying tasks though....

I'd be interested in MS's take, as all the others run... Android.

Comment by Gary McCray on January 22, 2015 at 11:49am

Hey Technicus,

I couldn't agree more, the whole privacy thing is a tempest in a teapot, privacy went south a long time ago.

It's just that it's association with something new and strange has created a whole new cult of privacy issues.

We have the same problem by association with "drones".

For the most part you are right nobody cares about privacy if it's a cellphone or a corner street or shop cam, but put it in a drone or on the head of a geek and it's a whole different matter.

People and the media (and politicians) love to be afraid or angry about anything that's different.

Comment by Jerry Giant on January 23, 2015 at 10:58pm

FPV need hardware video feed solution, augmented waypoint overlay on my stereo camera feed? i don't think the latency builds up a pilot could tolerant.


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