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In addition to officially unveiling Windows 10 at its, Microsoft made a number of other interesting announcements at its Redmond, Washington event this morning. Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for the first year, will play a lot nicer with Xbox One, and has a new web browser on the way.

But two of the most interesting announcements involved products that most people had no idea Microsoft was working on: the Surface Hub and the HoloLens. The former is an 84-inch 4K touchscreen display, and the latter is a futuristic visor that overlays holographic imagery onto your view.

Surface Hub

The Hub is a large 4K touchscreen display, that will be available in both 55-inch and 84-inch flavors, and is aimed strictly at the enterprise market. It runs a customized version of Windows 10, and is outfitted with a slew of cameras, microphones and “advanced sensors,” which will allow users to interact with the device in various ways.

surface hub

The display offers multi-touch and multi-pen support, and quick access to Skype video conferencing, OneNote whiteboard for drawing and annotation, and several other Hub-specific applications. It can also easily connect to nearby Windows 10 devices, so users can participate in the collaboration from their laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

Microsoft hasn’t mentioned the Surface Hub’s price yet (it’s likely to be very expensive) or when it’ll be available, but there is a growing consensus that the Redmond firm has beaten Apple and others to the punch. Apple has for years been rumored to be working on a 50″+ television set that plays nicely with iOS devices, but such a product has yet to materialize.

HoloLens

As crazy as an 84-inch touchscreen display is, the HoloLens is even more out there. Developed in secret with folks from NASA, the device features see-through lenses that project interactive holographic images into the view of the user. There are no wires or external connections, and there is no need to connect a PC or phone. The headset itself contains a high-end CPU, GPU, a dedicated holographic processor, and a variety of sensors.

hololens

 

The HoloLens runs a version of Windows 10 called Windows Holographic. Microsoft says that all universal Windows 10 apps can work as holograms, but obviously experiences from app to app will differ. During the presentation today, it was shown running everything from virtual maps and todo list apps, to a holographic 3D version of Minecraft. Microsoft thinks it’s “the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen.”

Again, there’s no word yet on when the HoloLens will launch or how much it will cost, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says it will be available in the Windows 10 timeframe (so possibly this year), and priced so that both enterprise and consumers can use it.

Promotional videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aThCr0PsyuA

Source: Microsoft

  • o_o

    I’m guessing this 84 inch touchscreen is for the boardroom and classrooms right? because i don’t see how a touchscreen that big works in a family home.

    • Repo

      Don’t see how any normal family could even afford it. That thing probably costs like £50,000

      • Reload Gglax

        For companies it doesn’t really matter.

      • @dongiuj

        “aimed strictly at the enterprise market”

      • And the rich.

      • @dongiuj

        And that lol

    • Virus

      Maybe in another 10 years all our TV’s will be like this

    • Matt

      I can see whether men using that sort of thing. I’ve seen meteorologists on news channels using large touchscreen displays countless of times… But that’s as good as I could come up with 😀

    • ilikeiphone

      It is for my bathroom.

  • Seef

    Tick tock apple. everyone is innovating except you. Where you at?

    • HeavyComponent

      In the 3rd video they said it’s something they’ve been working on for years secretly. We have no idea what Apple is working on secretly.

      • Digitalfeind

        I just read what the analyst have to say. Lol.

      • George

        Secretly they are working on something that has already been invented and they are putting an apple logo on it

    • They’re probably already advancing on this stuff. They’re just living the others to do the testing, hypocritically bad mouthing them (http://bit ly/1un1h0W), then they’ll eventually release their own version of the same thing 3 or more years later, make certain people believe the invention is theirs, and have record sales on it…

  • Jacob S

    What happened to that coffee table type touch crap that MS introduced few years ago?

  • liam Denkers

    I might actually go with Windows 10 and let OS X go, I like the way Microsoft is heading!

    • Yash Gorana

      Half of the “new” Windows 10 features were already present in OS X Lion.

      If someone is thinking “hey macs can’t run games”, you’re right. Because Microsoft have their own DirectX SDK to make games and developers rely heavily on it. Apple haven’t made such game development related SDK so devs have to port it to Mac and use OpenGL.

      Still it’s a good leap for Windows, but nothing can beat the Mac experience and it’s productivity power.

      • Dan

        That’s a matter of opinion really. Both OS’s have their advantages, up to the user to decide.

      • <

        “but nothing can beat the Mac experience and it’s productivity power.”

        The Mac experience has just been restictive, compatibility breaking, and frustrating for me. Till today, can’t even merge folders without worrying about your files getting deleted (http://bit ly/1xDHKuJ). Windows’ flexibility and versatility beat it years ago for me. Different strokes, different folks.

    • Dan

      They are definitely going a new direction, about time if you ask me.

  • Reload Gglax

    If that HoloLens works just as advertised then I’m ready to sell my TV, computer, smartphone and buy that thing. It doesn’t really matter if it’s look super stupid or society hate me. And yea I’m gonna wear it outside.

    • Digitalfeind

      Like Google glasses.

    • Anish Shetty

      And play Minecraft using it 😉

  • Tronjheim79

    Is it really holography or just augmented reality?

    • Cameron Nelms

      Augmented reality

      • It’s augmented reality that you can actually see the real world through, literally giving you the sense of holograms.

      • Cameron Nelms

        Aka, augmented reality

  • HeavyComponent

    I like! But it doesn’t mean anything. Remember this is Microsoft here.

  • Mohat

    Terminator Age is coming

  • Vvbreaker

    I’m not a Windows fan, but daaaaamn, that Hololens looks awesome!!

    • Cesar D

      you know that the final product is nothing compared at how they put it on the ads, don’t ya?

      • Different in what way? Have you actually tested it out yourself like these people (http://cnet co/15woBTL, http://bit ly/15wowiX), who imply that it works as advertised, or are you just being a typical as5-wipe fanboy mindlessly hating the competition? Something tells me it’s latter..

      • Cesar D

        How do some bloggers know how the final product is?, I’ve made some research on your links’ authors and couldn’t found anything that says that they’re not some simple bloggers…

        The product is not even finished, it’s still a prototype. It contains bugs of course, but the ads show that it’s the perfect device when its not even a finished product, this doesn’t happen only with microsoft, it’s just pure marketing, I even said this is a good product. But as you wont put a sad face in public, they wont make a bad ad for people to see…. The only thing that companies want is you buying their product. They just made a pretty ass ad for you to say: “I will buy this”. People are looking at a cool ad and judging their product for it instead of actually looking at the product.

      • “How do some bloggers know how the final product is”

        ‘Cause Microsoft held an event 2 days ago (http://bit ly/1Jjo1WJ), demoed it live on stage, and those bloggers got the permission to have some hands-on testing. Consider doing more research.

        “The product is not even finished, it’s still a prototype. It contains bugs of course”

        Ever heard of deductive reasoning? Read those articles, see all the feedback from those who actually got their hands on the product. If they were able to get such close to as-advertised experience with a prototype, what makes it impossible that the end product would work perfectly as advertised?

        “People are looking at a cool ad and judging their product for it instead of actually looking at the product”

        Uhm, that’s exactly what an ad is for; for the consumer to judge how cool/effective/useful/problematic/useless a product would be for them. Then go check it out in stores if still skeptical.
        Personally, the idea behind it is very amazing, but I’m as skeptical as you. Won’t be touching it until probably the next generation.

    • OCVBADCVLW

      I think we all need to understand that until this thing hits the market and sees real user usage it’s hard to put much faith in a simple video presentation. Same with Google Glass. Concept was astounding, but the execution was lacking and outside their reach.

  • Dante Arellano

    Ok windows u have my atention i hop itsn another fellure americans seems like never finish nada this days yes u hear me google

  • Dante Arellano

    I love my apple toys but if you take look to apple they slow donw alot the inovation but and another way too see it is they dont want to do fallures as google,miclosoft,etc can be a estrategy who knows

  • Dante Arellano

    porn in 84 inch tank you gates!

    • Rave Farid

      how can you think about 84 inch display when you have hololens with 3D vieuw almost you can touch it or ****** it

  • JayDee917

    They also announced you could stream your Xbox One games to any Windows 10 devices including phones and tablets. Which means you could have your Xbox one in your living room and play it in bed on your Surface.

    Unless Apple makes some significant improvements to the iPad and iOS, I’ll be ditching my iPad Air 2 for a Surface Pro 3 (or 4 by then).

    • Anish Shetty

      This announcement made my day. But yeah, I too have to get a surface now.

  • Jacob S

    Yes that one lmao

  • Bugs Bunnay

    oh snap! dat minecraft on dat hololens!

  • Tyler

    Wow first a hoverboard and now holograms the future is now!

  • Damn! This is the next generation Smart Boards. All the inking is now digital, gone are the days of having to erase the entire board and start fresh, and now teachers can share the lecture notes to students in case they missed the lecture, even better yet, with the advanced video AND audio recording of OneNote. Potentially improving the classroom in enormous ways…might go back for my masters if my university takes this awesome technology into use.

    • N&LH

      “Microsoft is really innovating like crazy today”….The only cool thing is Microsoft Hololens other than that nothing new

      • Won’t expect an oldy like you to see the innovation behind DirectX 12, Project Spartan web browser, Windows 10 Continuum, etc.

  • singhay559

    Way to go microsoft. What you innovating now apple besides over priced products. If this was secretly done yrs ago and if apple was on the same boat shouldnt the release date be around the same time? Instead all they got to show is a stupid watch. Pick up the pace apple.

  • Dan

    I love seeing new tech like this, a vision of things to come as it becomes mainstream. Kudos to Microsoft.

  • Robert Goldberg

    Wow, this really does look like a pretty significant breakthrough. Microsoft is slowly regaining my trust. Still, you need to see how stable these are though. All is pretty in commercials, but when it comes to practice things can go very differently.

  • iPhoneWINS

    I am glad that MS has the money and is willing to be this creative,..

  • ♚ Carlos Brigante ♚

    If that HoloLens works just as advertised then I’m ready to sell my TV, computer, smartphone and buy that thing. It doesn’t really matter if it’s look super stupid or society hate me. And yea I’m gonna wear it outside.

  • Where’s the product? Until we see that, that patent is just there to sue competition who could think of the idea later on and actually make a product for consumers. Sadly, many companies have such.

    • N&LH

      “”that patent is just there to sue competition who could think of the idea later on and actually make a product for consumers”….Prove that !!