Microsost makes sci-fi reality with Windows Holographic and the HoloLens headgear

Microsost makes sci-fi reality with Windows Holographic and the HoloLens headgear
Perhaps the craziest thing announced by Microsoft today is Windows Holographic - APIs that live in the Windows 10 kernel, and can be utilized by developers for multidimensional imaging, gaming or CAD apps. 

Not only that, but the company also announced Microsoft HoloLens - a virtual reality kind of headgear, which has its own computing power and spacial sound technology for holographic processing, able to understand what you are looking at, understand your voice, and run without any wires, processing terabytes of information in real time. No phone is required, no PC connection, and, as we mentioned, no cables even, which is really crazy. 

The Holo Studio was also announced - a platform that allows you to create for the new Windows Holographic experience and the HoloLens device in a jiffy. The demonstration showed a quad-copter being imagined and created with Holo Studio, then 3D-printed as a physical object. Check out the science fiction stuff in the video below.

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36 Comments

1. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

all windows 10 devices from no screen to the big screen has the apis for halographic stuff...woa. Hololens..... It is a universal app...working on all devices....win 10 phone...yes please.

29. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

does microsoft pay you?

2. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Now, this IS a game changer! Bravo Microsoft!

17. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

This IS NOT holograph. This is just a 3D image made by the device on the device's screen. NO ONE ELSE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT YOU SEE!!!!!!!!!! Here is a good article talking about real hologramshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holography#Things_often_confused_with_holograms This is just what you could do on the early smartphones with cameras or with the Sony Xperia Z3... But in glasses.

18. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Basically Augmented Reality

32. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

It is both AR and VR, and anything in between. You can view as much or as little from the real world as you desire. Yes, I know it's not the real Holograph in sorts, but for the wearer, it is.

3. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

THIS is innovation. Apple and Google, take note. Do something to blow us away like Microsoft just did.

19. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Nothing innovative be more intelligent guy we all know it is this same tech : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rkOwhIxuhE We know is that it is a 3D image "printed" on the glasse's screen. Nothing new and there is no real light and photon physics behind except those primitive ones we had at the beginning of webcams in 2000.

20. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

I never claimed it was "real" holograms, just that I don't see Apple or Google doing anything like this. Google Glass was a good start, but nowhere near this level, and I seriously doubt it'll ever make it to the public whereas Microsoft says they will release this sometime during the Windows 10 release cycle. You can be against technology progress all you want, but this is more moving towards the future than anything Google and Apple have done.

22. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Blablabla. And the next Google Glass or Apple Glass will be even more innovative. We know you are just posting another shilling comment.

24. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

There is no such thing as Apple Glass, what are you going on about? I'm a Android phone user, I enjoy it, but I don't love them so much that I hate to see other companies try something new and push the other companies like you. If anything, you're the shill.

36. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Fu and take it in the !!! you know where !

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I watch the videos, oh my god! You really need to be super naive to buy into this Microsoft sales pitches. And they told me the Google glasses one is bad, this beats it hand down. LOL!

33. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Don't take it from videos, read people who actually tried it:http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/21/microsoft-hololens-hands-on/ Especially that Skype part where the other woman guided him through assempling a light key, where she saw what he was seeing, and could draw and point things which he also could see! And as much as I know it's still too long way to be ready for prime time, it has too much potential!

34. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

Its new, I know there will be bugs but just like with Android, it started off pretty craptastic then ended up being the best mobile OS. Who's to say that can't happen with this?

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That's a pretty trick idea, Kudos MS!

5. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Now this is insane. No company has anything like this. Not Google, not Samsung, nor even FB's Oculus. This is actually much bigger than most people think.

6. evilboy

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 28, 2014

You forgot to mention apple

12. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Apple only cares about their iPhone ecosystem. They haven't truly innovated since then. That's why I didn't mention them.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

This is truely insane. This is far beyond anything out there. I want to know what that third cpu is, the halographic chip. HPU? haha that is just insane. Make it 500$ and i am sold instantly.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

HPU. I love that.

8. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

That was a great demonstration. Awesome to see that in action.

9. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

This is going to cost a bomb. Probably 4-6 times as much as google crappy glasses.

14. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yeah, wouldn't expect it to be for the masses for a few years at least. This is all in line with the long term "internet of things" vision, where as Satya Nadella stated, there will be more devices on the planet than people. In that world, 3D interaction will be key, and there will be a variety of modes of interaction. Cost to make that type of interaction possible will be reduced over time as that world comes nearer.

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

this is not just about the vr, this is about the api. This means...other vr devs don't have to create custom software. Which is what kills most of vr tech today, custom software. MS just released a vr bomb...

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its not VR, its augmented reality. Concept video is just that concept, i will believe it when i use it. Since you dislike Google this is dedicated to you, watch the video till end to get my message. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkRuUNWcJdY

30. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I dont care what you call it, augmented, vr, 3d, holo...in the end, no single company has released a OS with augmented reality API built right in. This alone is the game changer, this alone makes all those startups cut costs by millions to hundreds of thousands. Now companies just have to worry about the hardware.

35. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

He didn't claim to dislike Google, the only blatant fanboyism I'm seeing here is yours. I understand you don't like any possible form of progress unless its Google, but other people do so get over it.

11. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

This is amazing. This can be implemented in a lot of ways, and some game-changing things. Can't wait to find out more, especially for the category of games.

13. Titania

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

This!! This is nice! Good job Microsoft!

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