Microsoft has announced a new hardware product that promises to revolutionise the way people interact with technology.
The company is launching HoloLens, an augmented reality (AR) headset that allows people to take a virtual tour of their homes and work environments.
The technology, first announced at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, is based on Microsoft’s augmented reality HoloLens headset, which was previously available in limited markets.
The HoloLens technology allows users to use the headset to create 3D virtual environments in real time.
This enables users to experience a 360-degree virtual environment with the touch of a button, the company says.
For the first time, users can interact with the HoloLens in the real world.
In order to enable this, Microsoft has introduced the new Microsoft Hololens Smart Connector, which allows people in the home to connect their HoloLens with Microsoft’s own SmartThings hub.
The hub enables HoloLens users to control devices, such as lights and thermostats, with the push of a single button.
Microsoft claims the Smart Connectors ability to connect to a wider range of devices will make HoloLens a more compelling wearable product.
HoloLens is available now for $599 (£399) and can be bought from the Microsoft Store, with a subscription costing $100.
Microsoft says the HoloLink is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.