Microsoft Announces Windows Holographic with HoloLens Headset



Microsoft today announced its next great innovation. Windows Holographic. It's an augmented reality device that employs a headset, very similar in look to existing VR devices today. However Microsoft's solution adds holograms to the world around you. The HoloLens headset is described as "the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen." It's a self-contained computer, including a CPU, a GPU, and a dedicated holographic processor. The dark visor up front contains a see-through display, there's spatial sound so you can "hear" holograms behind you, and HoloLens also integrates a set of sensors.

Time frame was not announced but is apparently around the same time frame as Windows 10.

Watching the video is certainly very impressive indeed. Playing Minecraft integrated into your living room. Walk around the Martian surface to designing a motorbike. Alex Kipman, the man responsible for this project at Microsoft, says Windows Holographic is not so much about "putting you into virtual worlds," which may not be for everyone, but to move beyond them, offering deeper experiences and, well, holograms!

Now lets think about this. These are not really holograms in the what I consider to be holograms. You only see them via the headset. But certainly a very good start. Looking forward to trying the headset.



Steven Paterson

Based in California. I am Scottish, I like Scotch and, oh yeah, a little VR too.