Microsoft's 'View Mixed Reality' is augmented reality for everyone

Microsoft wants to bring immersive 3D augmented reality to students, classrooms and the common PC user without having the need of a special headset.

Apart from announcing a new lighter version of Windows 10 and that stunningly good looking Surface Laptop, Microsoft gave us a glimpse of its new 3D augmented reality app called View Mixed Reality.

Stressed more for education purposes, the 3D mixed reality feature lets a user with just a simple on-device camera or even an external webcam to overlay digital images over the real world. In short, Microsoft is removing the need of a headset to view augmented reality. This new feature is expected to arrive soon on Windows 10 and will be a part of Windows 10 S. At the Microsoft educational event, View Mixed Reality was used to showcase the Mars Curiosity Rover next to one of the speakers to see how big it looks in real life.

 Microsofts View Mixed Reality is augmented reality for everyone

The mixed reality feature will be extended to the View 3D app later this year which when paired with the upcoming affordable mixed reality headsets will offer the same immersive experience. This could be used to teach various subjects in a more visual approach rather than 2D imagery and text. These headsets will be made by partnered OEMs including ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

Microsoft has partnered with Pearson Education and will be bringing its 3D and mixed reality devices to the curriculum in 2018. Subjects like commerce, history, science, technology, engineering and mathematics will all make use of the new technology.

Microsoft also announced extended support from 3D on Windows. Users will now be able to create 3D objects on Paint 3D and integrate them into Office apps such as Powerpoint to create an immersive presentation.


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