The Microsoft HoloLens project took a blow recently when project designer Mike Ey, 30, was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Redmond.
Ey, reportedly a cautious driver who completely abstained from alcohol, was making his way home early on Saturday morning. Coming from behind was Robert Malsch, doing over 100 hundred miles an hour and under the influence of alcohol.
After several near misses, Malsch ploughed his car into the back of Ey’s vehicle, killing the young designer in the process.
Malsch then proceeded to flee the scene, before being caught later by a police dog. On Monday a King County judge ordered that he be held on $100,000 bail. He faces vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run charges.
Microsoft HoloLens, as many will know, is the latest project from the firm, promising to deliver a digital experience to solve real world problems. During his time with the project, Ey’s girlfriend Kelley Piering claimed he described it as,
“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.”