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Definition: Windows Mixed Reality


Windows 10 Mixed Reality combines real and generated images using Microsoft's HoloLens goggles (see mixed reality). Introduced in 2015 as Windows Holographic, Windows Mixed Reality superimposes 3D holograms into the surrounding environment.

HoloLens
The first implementation of the platform is the HoloLens goggles, which evolved from Microsoft's Kinect technology but with a 120 degree field of vision. The HoloLens has a built-in CPU and GPU, as well as a holographic processing unit (HPU). In 2019, HoloLens 2 debuted with a more comfortable design and an even wider viewing angle. A "hard hat" model is also available for hazardous job sites. See 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.)






HoloLens Tech Support
HP xRServices provides HoloLens support for fixing equipment. In this example, an employee is able to replace a part he has never done before because a video showing how to do it is playing while he does the work. (Image courtesy of HP xRServices.)