VO Microsoft has previewed what it thinks might be one of the futures of computing. It calls it Windows Holographic, but it’s really more like a 3D imaging and augmented reality system based around Windows 10 and a device called the HoloLens.
The headset will be wireless with its own high-end CPU and GPU. It will also come with a new chip called a holographic processing unit, or HPU for short.
SOT Alex Kipman Microsoft The HPU gives us the ability to understand where you’re looking at, to understand your voice.
VO Microsoft didn’t explain how the HoloLens works, but it appears to be cameras projecting images on to a couple of pieces of clear glass that give the appearance of a hologram.
The company did give a live demo of the device with a Microsoft employee building a flying copter using a 3D toolbox.
SOT from demo.
VO Microsoft was vague about when HoloLens will come out, only saying it will be available in the Windows 10 timeframe.
It will be accompanied by support in Windows 10, including a set of APIs to let developers create holographic applications. Microsoft’s entry into the 3D imaging space comes at a time when several companies have tried headset products, but so far none have proved a hit with consumers. Google recently said it would stop selling its first-generation Glass, Oculus remains a niche device and others like Sony are still working on products.
In San Francisco, Melissa Aparicio, IDG News Service.