Microsoft hopes to partner with companies to broaden and enhance its HoloLens augmented reality system.
The tech giant on Wednesday announced plans to develop a Windows Holographic platform to incorporate HoloLens technology into conventional virtual reality headsets.
"We want to write a platform which enables them to pursue their vision for a device," Terry Myerson, who heads Microsoft's Windows operations, told The Verge following the announcement at Computex in Taiwan.
The HoloLens, which began shipping to developers earlier this year, features a chip that can recognize surroundings and project images onto an otherwise normal field of view.
The company anticipates that partner companies will be able to implement those features in virtual reality fields without the need for additional hardware.
The new system would also enable partners to utilize the HoloLens at different prices — the system currently costs $3,000 — and Microsoft expects those companies to help improve the HoloLens' field of vision and other initial hiccups.
"Windows Holographic will give them a framework that ensures that all of the devices that run Windows Holographic will work well together and all the experiences for Windows Holographic can run on their device," Myerson told The Verge.
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