'View Mixed Reality' will bring virtual objects to the real world on any Windows 10 PC

Now that it's tackled 3D content creation in the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is looking to bring 3D objects to life. Announced on stage at its education event today, Microsoft showed off View Mixed 3D, a feature that will let any Windows 10 PC view virtual objects in the real world using only its camera.

In the demo given on stage, View Mixed Reality was able to place a life-sized version of the Curiosity Rover on stage, allowing us to compare a lifelike model to other objects and people nearby. The possibilities for this are pretty expansive, from giving students a way to visualize celestial objects to just trying out new furniture in your apartment.

What's more, View Mixed Reality will work with any Windows 10 PC, so long as it's equipped with an RBG camera. In other words, any webcam will work. That's a boon for anyone who wants to experiment with mixed reality, but particularly schools where affordable, low-specced PCs are the norm. And with a slew of $189 Windows 10 Education PCs on the horizon from various Microsoft partners, that's good news.

View Mixed Reality will be available in Windows 10 this fall.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Don't need any VR Headset? Curious to see that...
  • pokemon GO comes to mind
  • Exactly
  • this is awesome! only imagination is a boundary!
    excited to seeing more and to try it out
  • Now this is revolutionary. You don't need a Hololens to play with this tech.
  • No it isn't, it's just augmented reality.
  • Microsoooft!
  • Got some ideas to play with this already!
  • Now... We just need the 3D scanning app to accompany this. Been too long since we heard anything on that
  • its also coming to mobile btw, not just PCs!
  • And when is "fall"? Why cant you use month names? These fall, spring etc is very confusing for us indians where there are practically only two seasons : summer and less summer.
  • Or raining and not-raining, for some parts.