There have been rumblings in the industry over the past few weeks about the ‘Andromeda’ device that Microsoft is reportedly building. Keeping in mind that MS has given up on their Windows Phone… This device, if ever released, could represent Microsoft’s vision of the mobile future or at least a device that allows them to stay in the mobile conversation.
This does not seem to be just another tablet with a stand, but actually one with dual displays that can merge into one upon laying it out. Microsoft is going one step further than currently available devices by making this display capable of running the company’s Mixed Reality Holographic technology, according to technology new website Thurrott.
The Andromeda device seems to be the derived from a patent that the company was granted in January, which depicted similar hardware. However, the fact that the company has an AR/VR element to the tablet is what the report indicates.
According to SlashGear, the lead engineer on the Microsoft Mixed Reality project, Alex Kipman is involved with the new device.
The device is also expected to support a stylus-based functionality which will support the company’s applications such as OneNote, Mail, Calendar and others.
So how will a holographic display work and how will it be different from traditional displays?
According to Thurrott, the display would be capable of displaying holograms. Essentially that means that the display will be able to project holograms that would look like real subjects. We’re thinking something along the lines of Lightfield tech similar to what Avegant are working on.
According to tech portals such as Walking Cat, the device is also expected to support voice call functionality and is expected to have the ARM Hero chipset, same as the Surface devices. Talk about a multitasker!
Chances are that it plays to its strengths and develops its existing technology to suit consumer tech devices such as tablets. Instead of competing with the likes of iOS and Android, the company can develop technologies such as Holographic technology, which is currently the most advanced commercial VR technology. However, the end product might not be a consumer product, just like the $3000 HoloLens. Rather it might be an enterprise product with a premium price tag, according to the reports.