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Microsoft breaks into AR with Windows 10

Posted: 22 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Windows 10? HoloLens? Spartan? Microsoft?

Spartan won't be built into phones right away but will start with PCs. Belfiore demonstrated how Cortana could aid in tracking a flight, finding a restaurant that has gluten-free options and identifying unknown ingredients on a menu in real time.

Augmented reality wows

Just as Google Glass appears to be dying, Microsoft also its HoloLens, untethered holographic computer glasses, enabled by Windows 10, to "view holograms in high definition and hear them in surround sound even if they are behind you." Well not really holograms. They lay virtual objects over the real world. More like augmented reality (AR), but let's continue with Microsoft's definition.

HoloLens

Figure 3: HoloLens lays objects like the Windows universal apps over reality.

Hologram on stage

Figure 4: A Microsoft exec became a hologram on stage.

"Microsoft may have nailed it with face wearables. It's not designed to do everything like Glass, it's intended to be worn for a few hours at a time on a much more limited feature set," Moorhead said.

Alex Kipman, head of Windows Holographic, said that that there are no markers or external cameras and that you don't need a phone or a connection to a PC. "Holographic APIs will be part of every Windows 10 build from the desktop to the phone," he explained.


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