Microsoft has revealed its new Windows 10 software – and a ‘holodeck’ headset that allows wearers to see 3D images superimposed over their vision.
The wireless headset, called HoloLens, can project 3D images into the wearer’s field of view – making it appear as if screens, games and even people are in front of them.
The firm also said it will give its new Windows 10 software available for free to users on earlier Windows version, and is replacing its Internet Explorer browser with a new browser called Spartan, and has brought back the Start menu.
HOW IT WORKS
The HoloLens uses a visor to project ‘holographic’ images onto the wearer’s field of view.
It uses sensors to track the wearer’s head to ensure the hologram is in the same way.
A projection system them beams the holographic images into the wearer’s eye, fooling the brain into thinking they are real.
However, Microsoft has no revealed exactly how it does this.
The cameras also has a camera to track the user’s hands, allowing them to interact with the holographic images.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella described the HoloLens system as ‘magical’ – but would not say how much it will cost.
‘Windows 10 and holographic computing are mindblowing experiences,’ he said.
although Microsoft did not reveal exactly how it works, it is believed a projection system them beams the holographic images into the wearer’s eye, fooling the brain into thinking they are real.
This is similar to how Magic Leap, a Google’backed firm, is believed to work – and will see the firms competing against each other for hardware.
Microsoft hopes that already existing augmented and virtual reality companies, like Ocuclus VR, Magic Leap and Google Glass, will use Microsoft’s hologram programing for their own devices.
‘We wanted to make technology disappear, more human and easier to control,’ said Alex Kipman of Microsoft said.
‘What if we could take technology and bring it into our world.
‘Today we take the next step.
‘We aren’t talking about putting you into virtual worlds, we are dreaming beyond that.
‘We’re dreaming about holograms mixed in your world – welcome to Windows Holographic.
‘This sounds a bit crazy and impossible, but we invented the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen – the hololens.’