Microsoft Build 2015: HoloLens demoed running native Windows 10 apps

At the Build conference, Microsoft demonstrated some more details of its virtual reality device, Hololens.


At the Build conference, Microsoft demonstrated some more details of its virtual reality device, HoloLens.

Microsoft shows how the device is capable of running Windows 10 apps, at least some of them. According to a report by TheNextWeb, Hololens can run and project universal Windows apps. Universal apps are the ones optimised to run on any type of device.

Besides, Microsoft also demoed some other uses of the HoloLens. For instance, a medical education showcase where a student is able to study the human anatomy through virtual reality. It should be known that a hologram is an object like any other object in the real world, with only one difference - instead of being made of physical matter, a hologram is made entirely of light.

The company also showcased a Raspberry Pi robot. With this, it showed how hardware can be combined with VR.

Obviously, with the arguable demise of Glass, Microsoft was trying to build up excitement for the "Windows Holographic Platform" tools that will allow developers to write apps for the device. Looks like, it has worked. On talking to a dozen developers, BusinessInsider writes, "All of the developers said that they were blown away by HoloLens, couldn't wait to try it and to start writing apps for it. And they believed that HoloLens will succeed where Google Glass failed."

However, Microsoft only offered demonstrations and there's no word on when it will hit store shelves or the price point.


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