HoloLens Microsoft: a first version for developers in 2016

Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, said in an interview with the BBC that a first draft of HoloLens helmet would be delivered to developers in the course of 2016.

He was blown away when the press was unveiled by Microsoft in January. We talk about augmented reality headset HoloLens that Microsoft developed in great secrecy last 5 years.

An ambitious project whose demonstrations were salivating. But HoloLens is still at the prototype stage. However, Microsoft will deliver a first version of his helmet to developers in 2016, as stated by Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, in an interview with the BBC .

The Redmond company is well aware that augmented reality can take off if there are applications. This will concretely applications for Windows 10 that allow the autonomous helmet display these famous “hologram” in the field of vision of the wearer.

Specifically, lentils have the task of spreading the light rays towards the two retinas. Microsoft has already unveiled what can his helmet. It has thus been possible to see that playing video games such as Minecraft, to see 3D models superimposed to reality …

The CEO of Microsoft also took the opportunity to indicate HoloLens was bound for a “journey of 5 years” . This could indicate that it will wait before it is available to the general public. For now, this first version of HoloLens target foremost developers and businesses.

That is not reminiscent of google glass V2 that Google currently distribute to a few companies.

HoloLens Glass and Google have in common is that in the wake of augmented reality, unlike helmets Oculus Rift, Morpheus (Sony), Gear VR (Samsung) or live (HTC and Valve) that target virtual reality.

Microsoft and Google projects are also autonomous in terms of hardware resources when other headphones rely on a PC, a console (Morpheus with PS4) or a mobile terminal.

The HoloLens headset features a dedicated component called HPU (Holographic Processing Unit), plus a SoC with GPUs and CPUs. Process the data from the sensors disposed on the headset to measure the user’s position and movement. With this information, HoloLens can overlay the holographic image in the wearer’s field of vision.

During this interview, Satya Nadella also hammered that Windows 10 was a ” huge step “for the Redmond company. ” This is not just another version of Windows, this is the beginning of a new era. ”