Windows Holographic – the platform included with Windows 10 which powers mixed reality experiences on Microsoft HoloLens – is coming to devices of all shapes and sizes.
Microsoft announced, at Computex, fully immersive virtual reality to fully untethered holographic computing will soon be available
"The big news in our presentation today was a look forward to the future of computing, where the physical and virtual worlds intersect in all new ways, and create further scale for the Windows platform," said Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group executive vice president Terry Myerson in a blog afterwards.
"We've been on an incredible journey with Windows 10 to deliver more personal computing, where you interact with your devices as naturally as you interact with the world around you, your experiences travel with you, and designed from the ground up with security in mind."
Myerson said more than 300 million devices, from tablet to desktop personal computers, were now running Windows 10 launched about a year ago.
"Today we focused on the next frontier – mixed reality. Providing devices with the ability to perceive the world, breaking down the barriers between virtual and physical reality is what we call mixed reality. Imagine wearing a VR device and seeing your physical hands as you manipulate an object, working on the scanned 3D image of a real object, or bringing in a holographic representation of another person into your virtual world so you can collaborate. In this world, devices can spatially map your environment wherever you are; manipulating digital content is as easy and natural as picking up a box or sitting at a table; and you can easily teleport into your next meeting or travel together as a team."
The market for virtual reality devices is expected to be 80 million devices per year by 2020, Myerson claimed as Microsoft invited hardware partners to build PCs, displays, accessories and mixed reality devices with the Windows Holographic platform.
"For our partners, this creates new business opportunities, unlocking mixed reality experiences across devices. For developers, Windows Holographic apps can be written today with confidence that they will run on the broadest set of devices."
Microsoft is working with Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, HTC, Acer, ASUS, CyberPowerPC, Dell, Falcon Northwest, HP, iBuyPower, Lenovo, MSI and many others supporting virtual reality experiences on Windows 10.
"Windows 10 includes Windows Holographic, the platform that powers the amazing mixed reality experiences available on Microsoft HoloLens today. It offers a holographic shell and interaction model, perception APIs, and Xbox Live services."
"Consistent with our approach to Surface, our development efforts on HoloLens are designed to push the limits and create opportunity across the ecosystem."
We began shipping Microsoft HoloLens in March and customers across industries are embracing the potential of mixed reality already, including NASA, Volvo, Lowe's and more. Myerson said the development opportunity was significant – as all holographic apps were Universal Windows apps, and all Universal Windows apps could be made to run on the Windows Holographic platform.
"In fact, there are already hundreds of Universal Windows Apps in the Windows Store today that run on Windows Holographic. I'm so impressed by the creativity of the community using Windows Holographic today – some of my favorite examples range from gardening to architecture to fashion design to flying drones and other apps."
"I can't wait to see what our partners do with Windows Holographic," he added.
Find out more at https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us