By opening up its Windows Holographic platform to partners and developers, Microsoft aims at enabling the creation of a range of “mixed reality” scenarios.
What does “mixed reality” mean?
“Providing devices with the ability to perceive the world, breaking down the barriers between virtual and physical reality is what we call mixed reality,” explains Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, on the company’s blog.
“Imagine wearing a VR [Virtual Reality] 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,” he adds.
“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 platform aims at Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) headset makers. According to this week’s blog post, they include Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, HTC, Acer, ASUS, CyberPowerPC, Dell, Falcon Northwest, HP, iBuyPower, Lenovo, MSI.
And, Microsoft is “looking forward to opening up Windows Holographic to the partner ecosystem for the future.”
The company created a futuristic video to show the type of future they are envisioning, where “the physical and virtual worlds intersect in all new ways, and create further scale for the Windows platform.”