Family, friends, co-workers, and many others are mourning the loss of 30-year-old Mike Ey, a Microsoft engineer who was killed in a hit-and-run accident by a drunk driver. Everyone who knew him remembers him as a man who made life better for those around him while he was in the process of trying to change the world.
The driver, Robert Malsch, is accused of drinking and driving more than 100 mph before rear-ending Mike's car and killing him. Malsch then fled the scene after the wreck, but was soon caught by police who tracked him down with a police dog.
A motivated individual, Mike was one of the top engineers passionately working on Microsoft's new augmented reality headset, the HoloLens. When asked about his work with the HoloLens, friends quoted Mike saying:
"He said it was the coolest thing ever. It's looking at the future while holding the present. Mike said it wasn't perfect but it was going to be one day."
It was clear that Mike wanted to change the world with this device, so let's take some time to honor him and his amazing work.
This is definitely one of Microsoft's most ambitious projects to date, so I can see why Mike was so passionate about it. The headset is still a prototype, but many people have got hands on time with it and have said some amazing things.
It's not Virtual Reality like the Oculus or Project Morpheus. It produces hologram like figures into a real physical space, that's what makes it augmented reality. From the demos we have seen so far you could: walk on the surface of Mars and study it, do house hold repairs with the help of a friend on Skype giving you drawn instructions that are displayed in your augmented space, and Minecraft levels that expand across your own living room.
For such an amazing piece of technology, there must be some very talented and inspired engineers behind it. Mike Ey was an engineer working hard to see this beautiful piece of tech come to life. I truly hope that Mike's dream is seen through. Hopefully, for those of us who didn't know him but respected his work, we will be able to use this amazing piece of tech that Mike thought would change the world!