The progression of mixed and virtual reality were the two biggest takeaways from Microsoft's HoloLens presentation during its Windows 10 and Surface event in New York today.
During the company's presentation, Microsofts general manager Megan Saunders showcased more of what the company's augmented reality (AR) headset, the HoloLens, was capable of.
Microsoft displayed how its own AR headset and other third-party VR headsets interacted with the updated version of Windows 10. It’s one of the most detailed looks Microsoft has given of the HoloLens in action, and the company used its time on stage to further explore how AR and VR could be used to create a mixed reality experience for Windows 10 users.
"With Windows 10 you can move your content from the real world to the digital world seamlessly," said Saunders, while showing off what the HoloLens was capable of.
Microsoft spent most of the mixed reality portion of the demo looking at what the HoloLens could do in its day-to-day operations. Saunders introduced how the HoloLens' collaboration with the updated Microsoft Paint will allow for 3D drawing, as well as how it could help with online shopping. In the demo, a Microsoft employee was able to use the HoloLens to see how furniture would look in his house through a projected hologram before actually buying it.
Microsofts CEO Satya Nadella has said that the ultimate computer is one that encompasses mixed reality, where the "field of view becomes an infinite display."
"You see the world and in the world you see virtual objects and holograms," Nadella told the Wall Street Journal the day before Microsoft's Surface event.
Microsoft also spent some time on VR, explaining how its virtual reality headsets would work with holographic apps like HoloTour. In HoloTour, users can visit different cities around the world through a totally immersive VR experience, according to the company. Although the app was made for the HoloLens, the demo was used to demonstrate how it could be experienced through a VR headset.
"Holotour is a special experience that allows you to explore and interact with new places. It was made for Microsoft HoloLens, but here it is in virtual reality running on Windows 10," Saunders said.
Microsoft also announced today that a line of third-party VR headsets will be available for Windows 10 users to purchase next spring, starting at $299.