Microsoft Opens Windows Holographic to OEMs
Windows Holographic, the augmented- or mixed-reality technology that powers Microsoft's HoloLens headset, is now available to the company's hardware partners, announced Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, on June 1.
"Today, we announced that Windows Holographic is coming to devices of all shapes and sizes from fully immersive virtual reality to fully untethered holographic computing, he wrote in a blog posting. "Today we invited our OEM [original equipment manufacturer], ODM [original design manufacturer] and hardware partners to build PCs, displays, accessories and mixed-reality devices with the Windows Holographic platform."
To date, HoloLens (pictured) has had the lonely duty of serving as the physical embodiment of Windows Holographic. The device, currently available to developers with $3,000 to spare, overlays 3D "holograms" over a user's physical environment.
While HoloLens opens up new consumer-grade experiences, like video games that bleed into the real world, Microsoft envisions enterprises snapping up the hardware to improve collaboration, aid in remote repairs, or create immersive environments for 3D modeling and printing. In March, Microsoft announced that it had forged a partnership with Lowe's to bring HoloLens-powered virtual kitchen remodeling demonstrations to the home improvement chain's customers.
Microsoft's partners can get to work on products using the company's augmented-reality technology.
Now, Microsoft's hardware partners can take a crack at building devices that rival HoloLens.