At its Windows 10 event in Redmond, Microsoft announced a new component for Windows 10, Windows Holographic, an OS built for its augmented reality device headset dubbed HoloLens.
Windows Holographic is Microsoft's approach to augmented reality, featuring the HoloLens a headset akin to the Oculus Rift, though unlike the VR goggle, it features transparent lenses to interpose visual-information between the eye and the surrounding world. HoloLens is described as "the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen."
HoloLens is not only a mere headset, it's a fully wireless device with a self-contained computer with built-in CPU and GPU, as well as a separate dedicated holographic processor designed to read and interpret data about the surrounding environment. The darkened visor contains a see-through display that overlays "holograms", while an array of motion and environmental sensors track your movements, gesture, where you're looking and listen to your voice. Lastly, the system also contains spatial sound so you can be fully immersed in holograms.
The project is still early in its development stages, and Microsoft promises that the device will be made available in the "Windows 10 timeframe" and it will be priced for "both enterprise and consumers to use it."
The company also prepared a short, exceptionally optimistic trailer, which showcases some of the possible experiences you could enjoy with the device which includes building Minecraft-style constructions in your living room, simulations of the Martian landscape or working 3D design in real-time. The company also brought the headset and prepared a live-demo with a program called Studio, which allowed users to put together basic geometric shapes.