Increasingly more and more companies are investing in smart home technology and developing devices that homeowners can control remotely for a more convenient and simpler lifestyle. But as the industry is still finding its feet, companies are experimenting with the way users integrate and control their devices.

As such, Microsoft has developed HoloLens, an augmented reality (AR) headset that lets you see, hear and interact with holograms using simple hand gestures and glances within an environment such as a living room or office.

The prototype is currently aimed at technology enthusiasts and developers and has the capability to let you view and interact with work projects such as assembling 3D models, play games like Minecraft, video chat with hologram versions of Skype contacts, and even live stream programmes.

Microsoft is also exploring partnership opportunities with other companies to utilities HoloLens in practical ways. For example, Volvo is expected to use the technology in its car showrooms where potential customers will be able to view different colour options for their chosen car and see safety features in action. Additionally, the car manufacturer is also exploring how to integrate the technology into its driverless vehicle project.

Developer Ian Sterling said, “The primary goal of the app is to provide a 3D spatial user interface for cross-platform devices, interacting using gaze and gesture control.

“I feel that in order for smart devices to be less obtrusive, while at the same time becoming more robust in functionality, new forms of interaction will be a requirement. Whether this is a simple app on your phone, or using mixed reality software on your phone or wearable device.”

And the potential for this type of technology is huge. After the success of Nintendo’s AR game Pokémon Go, we can see how quick consumer adoption is and how willing they are to gravitate towards augmented reality in the future.

Additionally, AR looks set to take over from virtual reality (VR) as you cannot go outside with VR headsets to interact with holograms but this is possible with AR and could be used as its biggest selling point.