There were plenty of things that Microsoft has shared during its Windows 10 event earlier today but the biggest of them all is definitely this: the brand new Microsoft HoloLens. As the name implies, HoloLens is a headset that is designed provide holographic (or some prefer to call it augmented reality) experience for users and the device has been claimed as the most advanced holographic computer that the world has ever seen.
Since the headset is still under development, Microsoft didn’t reveal much about the components that the company has equipped into HoloLens apart from several vague descriptions such as see-through high definition lenses, spatial sounds capability, and advanced sensors. In addition to a CPU and GPU which have not been named, the HoloLens is also built with a third processor that Microsoft dubbed as the Holographic Processing Unit.
The HoloLens is apparently a self-contained device as it don’t require tracking markers or external camera to function. Not to forget, it is also operates wirelessly without the need for a connection to a smartphone or PC. What made it even more interesting is that HoloLens will be released “in the Windows 10” timeframe which means consumers will be able to get their hands on it very soon.
Hence, holographic APIs have been built into Windows 10 as well in order to allow developer to come out with suitable apps and experiences for HoloLens. Furthermore, the universal Windows apps platform provides the ability for developers to implement holographic capability on their apps across various Windows devices.
As shown in the concept video above, HoloLens definitely can be used in so many fields out there regardless for serious work, learning, or entertainment. At the Windows 10 event today, Microsoft demonstrated HoloLens capability on stage by showing off the basic user interface for Windows Holographic and an app called HoloStudio which allows user to create 3D objects that can be turned into an actual objects using 3D printer.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is keeping the price tag for HoloLens as a secret at the moment but its CEO Satya Nadella has stated that HoloLens will be “priced for both enterprise and consumers to use it”. Nevertheless, we doubt it will be cheap though, so maybe it is wise to start filling up your coin box if you are planning to get your hands on one.