Microsoft has finally dropped details on the Windows 10 release, but that’s not all it announced today. There’s a new component of the OS called Windows Holographic, which you can interact with using the Microsoft HoloLens headset. It’s a visor that covers your entire field of vision, but instead of taking over everything you see like the Oculus Rift, it overlays images on the real world — it’s less virtual reality and more augmented reality.
HoloLens is a completely standalone device with its own CPU and GPU. There’s also a special dedicated processor to handle the holographic overlay. Microsoft insists on calling this a “Holographic Processing Unit,” or HPU. The visor can overlay UI elements on the real world, or even transform your vision into a hybrid of digital and real life objects.[…]