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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates gave some interesting insight into the company's recently announced HoloLens project. He had talked about the futuristic gadget during his third Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) session on Reddit this week.

Gates expressed his opinion on the virtual reality project under development at Microsoft's labs when a Reddit user posed a HoloLens specific question during the AMA according to Gamespot. Gates' response was positive as expected and expressed his excitement for the projected. However, he was more realistic in gauging the potential of the technology. It might be a few years until the technology matures enough to show its true potential, he declared in his characteristic candour.

"Microsoft has put a lot into the chips and the software… Making the device so you don't get dizzy or nauseous is really hard--the speed of the alignment has to be super, super fast," Gates said according to an excerpt compiled by Geek Wire. "It will take a few years of software applications being built to realize the full promise of this."

Gates' response pointed out Microsoft's efforts towards correcting one of the major problems with virtual reality wearable devices -- the fact that they cause nausea. This primarily occurs because the individual screens feeding information to the wearer's eyes can't trick the brain into processing the feed as a single cohesive image. According to him, the company is investing significant engineering effort towards rectifying this problem through advanced processors and software meant to compensate for this effect.

Interestingly, Microsoft says that the HoloLens isn't meant to compete with existing Virtual Reality wearables such as Morpheus and Facebook's Oculus Rift. The company's offering intends to take a more augmented reality approach that combines holographic imagery with the real world to deliver a "mixed reality" of both digital and real world. Having said that, the company's CEO Satya Nadella seems bullish about the device's ability to create "mind-blowing experiences" in gaming in the future according to Lazy Gamer. I would be interesting to see how the HoloLens fits into the company's rich Xbox ecosystem.

Gates went on to give tech predictions spanning the next 30 years on the Reddit AMA. According to him the next 30 years will lead to more progress than ever. His vision of the future includes robotic machines taking over manual labour such as picking fruits or moving hospital patients.

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