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Windows Mixed Reality

The Windows 10 mixed reality (MR) platform, formerly known as Windows Holographic. Windows Mixed Reality superimposes 3D images onto the user's view. In contrast, a virtual reality system is entirely immersive, and users have to remain stationary to avoid bumping into objects in the room. Users of the Windows HoloLens goggles are able to move around in their environment.

The primary component of the system is the HoloLens 3D goggles, which uses motion sensing that evolved from Microsoft's Kinect technology but with a wider 120 degree field of vision. The HoloLens has a built-in CPU and GPU, as well as a holographic processing unit (HPU), which is a dedicated chip for operating in the environment. See mixed reality, augmented reality, augmented virtuality and virtual reality.

The HoloLens Goggles
Unlike virtual reality goggles that prevent the user from moving around, HoloLens wearers can move about in their environment. HoloLens uses gestures, voice and eye movement to direct the action. (Image courtesy of Microsoft Corporation.)

A New Gaming Experience
Although it will be used for many applications, gaming with HoloLens is expected to become popular. (Image courtesy of Microsoft Corporation.)

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