Microsoft has announced Windows Holographic and an accompanying headset and holographic computer: Microsoft HoloLens.
Alex Kipman, who worked on Kinect and is a technical fellow in the operating systems group at Microsoft, made the announcement to journalists at an event at the company’s Redmond headquarters on 21 January 2015.
“In software nothing is impossible,” Kipman said. “At best, things are improbable.”
He said that holographic application programming interfaces are enabled in all Windows 10 builds, and that all Windows universal apps can be made to support holograms.
“Windows universal apps” refers to applications built on Microsoft’s new cross-device framework for Windows 10 and lets developers build their applications for desktop PCs, tablets, mobile phones — and now holograms.”
Kipman went on to say that to realise their vision for holograms in everyday computing they invented the world’s most advanced holographic computer, dubbed Microsoft HoloLens.
Essentially, HoloLens is a see-through display that you wear on your head, much like a virtual reality headset.
Except instead of creating a virtual reality, it creates holograms in the real world, Kipman said.
Microsoft HoloLens will support holograms natively without markers or external cameras, said Kipman. Neither will it require wires, a phone, or a connection to a PC.
“This will be available in the Windows 10 timeframe,” Kipman said.