loves-minecraftYesterday I attended a wedding and enjoyed sitting with relatives. What was striking about the event wasn’t so much the beautiful ceremony, but the 4-year old who talked my ear off FOR OVER TWO HOURS about one thing: MINECRAFT!  IT WAS AWESOME!! (see little Levi’s picture at left)

Every little youngster in our family is hooked on the “digital lego” game, so it wasn’t entirely a surprise to me when Microsoft bought Minecraft’s parent company, Sweden-based Mojan, for $2.5 Billion last year.

However, I was blown away when I saw that Microsoft had reprogrammed it from the “ground up” around their new augmented reality system: Hololens.

I’ve been fortunate (pre-purchase by Facebook for $2B;  Read: Why Facebook Bought Oculus Rift) to test beta versions of the impressive Oculus Rift (see our first virtual reality experience here) but, Hololens looks SUPER AMAZING.
[See my other video on Hololens– I’m still trying to get my hands on one…developer kits don’t come out until 2016…stay tuned!]

Watch the video above to see how impressive the immersive world’s of Minecraft are now in virtual reality with Hololens.

And then consider the concluding paragraph from Business Insider on WHY Microsoft bought Minecraft:

There’s one other reason for Microsoft to buy Minecraft that not many people are talking about. It is growing in popularity in the education space. Teachers are using it with their students and there is a dedicated group to focusing on education.

As that grows, it gives Microsoft access to a young demographic

Business Insider: Here’s Why Microsoft is Paying $2.5 Billion For Minecraft

@Microsoft HOLOLENS

IF you missed this demonstration of the HOLOLENS at the Microsoft Windows 10 event this past January, please stop what you’re doing and take a look into the future– it’s pretty incredible.

And, if you have children or students that enjoy Minecraft, then you must see why Microsoft bought Minecraft (link below). Hololens is augmented reality.

click image for the Official Microsoft Hololens website

Microsoft HoloLens

ADDITION:  Minecraft + Hololens = Amazing!

 

What is Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is the blending of virtual reality and real life, as developers can create images within applications that blend in with contents in the real world. With AR, users are able to interact with virtual contents in the real world, and are able to distinguish between the two.

An example is Microsoft’s Hololens

What is Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is all about the creation of a virtual world that users can interact with. This virtual world should be designed in such a way that users would find it difficult to tell the difference from what is real and what is not. Furthermore, Virtual Reality (VR) is usually achieved by the wearing of a VR helmet or goggles similar to the Oculus Rift.

Difference and similarities

Both virtual reality and augmented reality are similar in the goal of immersing the user, though both systems to this in different ways. With AR, users continue to be in touch with the real world while interacting with virtual objects around them. With VR, the user is isolated from the real world while immersed in a world that is completely fabricated. As it stands, VR might work better for video games and social networking in a virtual environment, such as Second Life, or even PlayStation Home.

Source:
TechTimes.com – Augmented Reality vs. Virtual Reality: What are the differences and similarities?
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/5078/20140406/augmented-reality-vs-virtual-reality-what-are-the-differences-and-similarities.htm