The unit is described as offering a mix between virtual reality, augmented reality and holographic displays, and allows the wearer to see translucent items projected on to real environments (as shown below).
Microsoft said that these capabilities will have numerous applications, particularly for businesses, by enabling far greater creativity and research and development work.
“As holograms, your digital content will be as real as physical objects in the room. For the first time, holograms will become practical tools of daily life,” the firm said on a web page about HoloLens.
“Shape holograms to fine-tune a design. Interact with them to learn something new. When you share your ideas, show and tell from multiple perspectives.
"Microsoft HoloLens enables you to make decisions more confidently, work more effectively, and bring your ideas to life right before your eyes.”
HoloLens is designed to work with Window 10, and Microsoft has said that it represents the “next evolution” in computing.
“With this vision in mind, hardware, software and user design engineers came together to create a new canvas for creators and developers,” the firm said.
"Microsoft HoloLens, together with Windows 10, introduces a powerful new holographic platform. The era of holographic computing is here."
The push into this area of computing comes just a week after Google effectively pulled the plug on its Google Glass headgear, as the company struggled to sell the idea of wearable computing to the masses.
However, it seems that Microsoft is pitching HoloLens more directly at business users or gamers, rather than casual consumers.
HoloLens was just one of many eye-catching announcements at the Windows 10 event. This also saw the new Spartan browser, and integration of Cortana into Windows 10 on the desktop.
Microsoft said it will also offer free upgrades to Windows 10 for those on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, although only for the first year of release.
More information on HoloLens is available in the video below.
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