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Understand the basics
If you're new to mixed reality, you will learn what it is and understand its capabilities.
What is mixed reality?
Mixed reality is the result of blending the physical world with the digital world. It is the next evolution in human, computer, and environment interaction and unleashes possibilities that until now were only restricted to our imaginations.
HoloLens lets you create holograms, which are objects made of light and sound that appear in the world around you, just as if they were real objects. Holograms respond to your gaze, gestures and voice commands, and can interact with real-world surfaces around you. With holograms, you can create digital objects that are part of your world.
What can you do with mixed reality?
Internally at Microsoft, we are creating mixed reality applications to empower employees and optimize operations. The Dynamics 365 team has worked on a range of projects that demonstrate the possibilities: Remote Assist, Layout and Guides.
Tomorrow’s opportunities are uncovered by building products today. The solutions these products provide reveal what’s necessary to advance the future. With mixed reality, this is especially true: Meaningful insight comes from getting hands-on with real work — real devices, real customers, real problems.
See how industry partners are using mixed reality
Synchro is digital construction software that enables viewing complex construction projects in mixed reality. Their 4D digital construction platform combines traditional Gantt chart CPM scheduling with integrated 4D visualization capabilities in real time.
Vuforia Studio's efficient mixed reality authoring solution promotes workforce productivity and safety by delivering information when and where workers need it most: in the real-world context of their daily work environment.
Philips is piloting HoloLens in the domain of image-guided minimally invasive procedures, during which physicians rely on live X-ray, ultrasound and other sources of information to "see" inside the patient and guide their actions.
What are the capabilities of HoloLens?
HoloLens 2 offers the most comfortable and immersive mixed reality experience available, with industry-leading solutions that deliver value in minutes—all enhanced by the reliability, security, and scalability of cloud and AI services from Microsoft.
What are the core concepts of an experience?
To ensure maximum comfort on head-mounted displays, it’s important for designers and developers to create and present content in a way that mimics how these cues operate in the natural world.
Users see the world of mixed reality through a rectangular viewport, powered by their headset. On the HoloLens, this rectangular area is called the holographic frame and allows users to see digital content overlaid onto the real world around them.
Spatial mapping makes it possible to place objects on real surfaces. This helps anchor objects in the user's world and takes advantage of real world depth cues.
A key to displaying content that looks realistic in holographic form is to mimic the visual statistics of the real world as closely as possible. This means incorporating as many of the visual cues as we can that help us (in the real world) understand where objects are, how big they are, and what they’re made of.
What would you like to do next?
Try out mixed reality
Get a demo of Mixed Reality and HoloLens at your local Microsoft Store.
Become a creator
Learn the basic concepts you need to begin designing and prototyping.
Come to an event
See the hardware and get a hands-on tutorial to make your first HoloLens 2 application.
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All mixed reality development materials are provided on this site for your reference only. Your application, its usage, and its effect on end users is your sole responsibility as the application developer, including ensuring that your app does not cause discomfort, injury, or any other harm to the end user, and including appropriate warnings and disclaimers. You need to at all times take the appropriate steps in the development and publishing of your application to ensure that your application is safe, and that you meet all obligations in your App Developer Agreement with Microsoft.