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One of the things that separates the HoloLens from the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is that it doesn't need to be tethered to a powerful PC—the hardware bits required for augmented reality effects is all integrated into the eyeglasses. At the center of it all is a custom designed Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) that Microsoft's been pretty closed lip about. Until now, that is.The HPU is a co-processor built on a 28-nanometer manufacturing process by TSMC. It has two dozen Tensilica-brand digital signaling processing (DSP) cores with custom Tensilica Instruction Extension (TIE) instructions that allow new instructions to be added directly to the instruction set architecture (ISA). Each of those... Read more...
After a brief musical number featuring virtual instruments powered by Intel Curie and RealSense technologies, Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich took to the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to kick off this year’s Intel Developers Forum. His opening keynote revolved around four themes: Redefining The Computing Experience, Building A World Of Virtual Intelligence, A Cloud Designed For Innovation, and Empowering The Next-Generation Of Innovators. To solidify those themes and demonstrate Intel’s commitment to advancing the technologies necessary to enable them, Kyrzanich unveiled a number of new projects and products, ranging from 7th Gen Intel Core “Kaby Lake” processors, to new RealSense cameras,... Read more...
Microsoft just made it easier to purchase its HoloLens Development Edition hardware if you live in the United States or Canada. There's no longer an application process or need to be invited, you can just head over to the online Microsoft Store and buy the augmented reality eyeglasses outright, though you better bring a bag of loot—it costs USD $3,000 in the U.S. and $4,000 in moose bucks (CAD). That's a chunk of change though it's not really intended for consumers at this point. As its name implies, the Development Edition is aimed at developers at this early stage, and if you have the requisite loot, you can purchase up to five units for you and your team of AR programmers. Microsoft will also... Read more...
Take a stroll outside to any just about any area and you're likely to run into people playing Pokemon Go on their smartphones. It's the hottest thing right now, surpassing Candy Crush as the biggest mobile game in the U.S. of all time, and iPhone users are spending more time playing Pokemon Go than updating their Twitter statuses or logging into Facebook and Snapchat. It's a remarkable use case scenario for augmented reality and the potential audience that's out there, but could you imagine if Pokemon Go existed for Microsoft's Hololens headset? You don't have to imagine it—a development studio in Amsterdam already did and built a pretty awesome demo. That studio is Capitola VR, a division of... Read more...
When the topic of virtual reality, augmented reality or mixed reality comes up, one of the first things people think of is gaming. And that's fair, considering the high profile releases of headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. However, there are applications outside the realm of gaming that hold some exciting possibilities for these emerging technologies, a notion Microsoft is reminding everyone of by bringing holographic experiences to Outlook Mail and Calendar. Both apps are now supported on HoloLens, Microsoft's AR headset that's currently in development. Microsoft is pitching these versions of Outlook Mail and Calendar as the first holographic email and calendaring apps in the world,... Read more...
In case you didn’t already know, Microsoft’s augmented reality device, the HoloLens, isn’t running a garden variety build of Windows 10. Instead, it’s running Windows Holographic, which has been specially tailored for computing and navigating in virtual and augmented reality settings. In an effort to ensure the success of HoloLens (and HoloLens-like devices), Microsoft is opening up Windows Holographic to developers. Microsoft is kicking off those efforts by working closely with the HTC Vive team to help port Windows Holographic to the VR headset. Microsoft’s “end game” is to use Windows Holographic to enable its Windows 10 partners to “create virtual reality devices, augmented reality devices... Read more...
If you have a sneaky suspicion that Microsoft isn't putting as much effort into its Windows Phone plans as perhaps it could be, the first day of its Build Developer Conference in San Francisco would have done nothing to change to your mind. Microsoft talked about Windows 10 and all sorts of related technologies, but not much about Windows Phone. That wasn't by accident.Like it or not, Microsoft's focus just isn't on phones at this point in time. Instead, the company is much more excited about the possibilities of HoloLens, its augmented reality headset and platform, and how Windows 10 can improve the Xbox One experience. That doesn't mean Microsoft is turning its back on Windows Phone, it just... Read more...
The early focus on emerging virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality technologies is on gaming, but there are many other potential applications for this stuff. One of them is simple remote communication, which Microsoft demonstrated through holoportation, a neat new technology that allows people in remote locations to interact with one another as if they're in the same room. It's video conferencing on steroids. "Holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high-quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed and transmitted anywhere in the world in real time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to... Read more...
At the end of the month, Microsoft will begin shipping out its HoloLens augmented reality to developers who pre-ordered for a cool $3,000. Once it's in their hands, it won't take long to figure out if Microsoft truly has something magical here, if HoloLens can live up to the hype and deliver the kind of unique experiences that are game changing. In the meantime, newly released developer documents give us a deeper glimpse into HoloLens.There are some things we already know about the headset. For example, Microsoft has already disclosed that it's running a Holographic Processing Unit (HPU 1.0) to make the magic happen, and that apps are processed by a 32-bit Intel processor and 2GB of RAM. We also... Read more...
Attention all developers, Microsoft is now accepting applications to pre-order the Development Edition of its HoloLens augmented reality (AR) Windows 10 headset. Those who've already submitted an application will begin receiving invitations to purchase the $3,000 headset, which will begin shipping on March 30, 2016. "Today represents a monumental step forward. This is the first step in our journey to consumers. A step focused on our commercial partnerships and on supporting developers, who will help pave the way to consumer availability with amazing and new holographic experiences," Microsoft stated in a blog post.Microsoft has a handful of guides and detailed tutorials to help developers get... Read more...
There are some exciting and potentially game changing products and technologies in the pipeline for 2016. Namely, several virtual reality releases and one very interesting augmented reality solution from Microsoft, HoloLens. Microsoft's been a little quiet about HoloLens lately, but thanks to a leaked video, you can catch a glimpse of how HoloLens operates in the real-world. The demos up to this point have all been from Microsoft and rather commercial in nature. What's shown in the video is different. Instead of trying to sell users on the benefits of HoloLens, It's a tutorial video for the recently leaked Actiongram app, which is used to make movies with holograms in HoloLens. A tutorial video... Read more...
I just had one of those "Oh s**t!" moments. What prompted it was a short video from Microsoft teasing a whole new level of immersion with professional football, one that can only be made possible through augmented reality (AR), and in this case, HoloLens. I'll admit, I was a bit tepid towards HoloLens, but not anymore. HoloLens is different from headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, both of which plunge you into a virtual reality (VR), be it a rendered video game world or a real life location. Instead of transporting you to another place, HoloLens augments your own surroundings, turning real-life objects into virtual ones. There's an obvious application there for gaming, but what Microsoft... Read more...
Virtual reality is enjoying some ridiculous hype right now, fueled by the fact that the first kits will be launching in the months ahead. But while VR gets so much love right now, we can't forget about another alternate reality platform, AR, or augmented reality. AR, unlike VR, isn't designed to completely replace your field-of-view with another world, but instead complement the world around you. We've seen examples in the past where Microsoft would be able to drop monsters into your environment, although HoloLens' focus so far hasn't so much been gaming, but instead creation - being able to sculpt something virtual right in front of your eyes, and walk around it, zoom in and tweak as necessary.... Read more...
Clay Bavor - left (Image Source: eVRydayVR)      It looks as though everyone wants a hand in the burgeoning virtual reality (VR) scene these days. Facebook has the Oculus Rift under its wing, Sony has the PlayStation VR, HTC and Valve are cooking up Vive, and Microsoft is testing the augmented reality waters with HoloLens. Google’s only consumer-focused entry into VR thus far has been the uber-cheap Cardboard Viewer, which works in conjunction with your smartphone. However, Google is looking to step up its efforts in VR, CEO Sundar Pichai has tapped a veteran Googler, Clay Bavor, as the Vice President of Virtual Reality. Clay previously served as a VP of Product... Read more...
Microsoft has some big ambitions with its HoloLens "mixed reality" headset, and it seems to be for good reason. While HoloLens won't offer a virtual reality experience that most of the industry hype is currently hovering around, it can deliver experiences that could be considered even cooler. Who's never felt the urge to want to battle a monster right in their living room? Or make the car-buying experience a truly interactive experience? If you have other ideas that come to mind, Microsoft wants to hear from you. With a new project, the company is seeking out community input about applications that could effectively be killer apps. When you submit an idea, the community at large will be able... Read more...
It seems like we can't go a single day without hearing about something relating to virtual reality, and because of that, it's easy to forget about AR, or augmented reality. Both VR and AR cater to different sorts of needs, and with its HoloLens, Microsoft has in the past proven that AR isn't just about fun, it's about productivity. As we now learn, it can also be about giving customers a unique experience when it comes to purchasing a car. In a new spotlight video, Volvo talks about how it can use HoloLens to better explain features of its autos to potential customers, as well as let them see what their chosen color would look like in real life". In the above video, different examples are... Read more...
While the market is abuzz with dreams of virtual reality, lest we forget about AR, or augmented reality. Unlike VR, which completely immerses you into an outside world, AR takes advantage of the environment around you to add otherwise impossible interactions to your living room, bedroom or man cave. Like VR, AR isn't new. In fact, even advertising has gotten in on the action in the past, and Google Glass had some capabilities to do interesting things as well. It must be said, though, that most companies are preferring to go all-in on VR rather than AR. This past August, Google got rid of its AR, unit Niantic Labs, and just last week, Qualcomm sold its Vuforia AR business to PTC, makers of market-leading... Read more...
Microsoft held a massive event Tuesday in New York City at which the company unveiled a number of new devices, including the hot Surface Pro 4, new Lumia-branded Windows 10 smartphones with Continuum, and the surprise no one saw coming, the slick Surface Book hybrid laptop. But before any of those new devices were actually shown, Microsoft demoed some exciting new HoloLens mixed-reality technology, dubbed Project X-Ray, that allowed a gamer – named Dan -- to battle holographic robots right on stage, live. During the demo, Dan “held” a holographic gauntlet gun that he used to fire lasers and blast robots as they hovered in the air or broke through the makeshift walls. Live at the event, onlookers... Read more...
With the launch of Windows 10 now behind us (hard to believe it's finally happened, isn't it?), Microsoft can begin pimping one of its next "big" products: HoloLens. By now, what HoloLens can do shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone - it's in effect the ultimate augmented reality solution. But it needs tools and software to really sell itself, and it's for that reason that Microsoft has given us some roadmap details. Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, in a new interview with the BBC, said that HoloLens is going to be a five-year journey, and while it's ultimately going to become available for consumers, business is the company's initial focus. Considering the fact that we're still trying to see... Read more...
SpaceX was hoping that it’s third attempt at a controlled Falcon 9 landing on a floating barge would be a charm, but those hopes went up in smoke this morning. In fact, SpaceX didn’t even get a chance to get close to landing on the barge, as the Falcon 9 launch vehicle exploded during ascent. The SpaceX Falcon 9, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral promptly at 10:21am EST for its seventh Commercial Resupply Services flight (CRS-7), broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean just minutes after liftoff. Onboard were over two and a half tons of supplies for the crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS), a much ballyhooed Boeing-built docking adapter that would “give Boeing’s CST-100 and... Read more...
Since it unveiled HoloLens in January, Microsoft has wanted us all to believe that its AR product can deliver an out-of-this-world experience. Now, it's proven that it's willing to go to great lengths to prove it. In a partnership with NASA for a project called Sidekick, Microsoft is going to be sending two HoloLens units up to the International Space Station, with transit provided by SpaceX, during its seventh resupply mission to the station. With astronauts equipped with HoloLens, NASA hopes that it will help both improve the work they're able to do, as well as make things easier for the engineers back on Earth. "The goal of Sidekick is to enable station crews with assistance when and where... Read more...
The latest builds of Windows 10 look promising and Microsoft is assuring customers that the anticipated OS is on track for a summer 2015 release. It’s enough to make you think that Microsoft has its act together. There are some caveats to Microsoft’s assurances, though, and at least some customers will consider them to be pretty big. For one thing, Microsoft’s idea of a finished Windows is going to be looser than in the past. While Windows has always received updates, it sounds like Windows 10 will be more of a ‘work in progress’ than past versions. Expect to see noteworthy features, including Extensions and Windows 32-bit apps arrive after the official release. Another caveat to the summer Windows... Read more...
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