Microsoft can still surprise and certainly the big news of the official launch of Windows 10. If today more person truly addressing the bones, including see what looks like “Start” menu of the new Windows, this week announced Windows 10 occupied the headlines around the world for innovation that ultimately has nothing to do with the new Windows: HoloLens glasses. A nice paradox: while the Google Glass have been removed from sale and that it is not really what will look like the Glass 2 Google if they are someday sold, Microsoft offers its vision of what must be augmented reality glasses.
A working prototype of the HoloLens unveiled during the presentation of Windows 10
Really should call the HoloLens of holographic glasses? Some consider that it is not strictly speaking hologram but good old augmented reality as you know make a decade… Whatever the term to use, demonstrations of the concept by Microsoft are incredible. Immerse the eyeglass wearers in a true 3D world where the data are displayed in depth is the real innovation of the HoloLens. If these glasses Microsoft actually manage to make that Microsoft promises, the HoloLens will immediately terrifying the Google Glass and their tiny screen in the corner of the eye.
During the official presentation of the first demonstration, Microsoft said that his glasses may work in using a PC or a smartphone and they both shipping their CPU, the GPU, but also a new type of chip, the processing Holographic unit (HPU). It is this specialized component (of which we know nothing at the moment) which provides the mapping of the 3D environment, detection of gestures, voice analysis to order glasses.
Among the applications mentioned during this first demonstration, games, collaborative with a ‘holographic’ Skype and even business applications with CAD holographic and gestural.
Finally, Microsoft has announced work with JPL to enable the happy owners of HoloLens walk around on Mars, a planet virtually recreated from photos of Curiosity.
If one believes the images ‘live’ in the presentation, the prototype seems relatively advanced and works actually wireless.
Expected with some impatience to see the final result and especially to see if Microsoft will make a commercial hit of this product of the imagination of researchers at Microsoft Research. We saw that with Kinect (a technology purchased externally), Microsoft had managed to make a huge commercial success. Maybe Microsoft will be able to make the same “shot” with its HoloLens if happens to develop its technology and industrialize it, that Google was unable to do more than 2 years after having unveiled its project.
Translation : Bing Translator
Source : “Windows 10: A New Generation of Windows”, Microsoft press release, January 21, 2015