AR Used To Help The Blind Navigate Their Surroundings
You would think that technologies such as augmented or virtual reality can’t really be utilized by those who might be visually impaired. However it seems that researchers at Caltech are proving us wrong by taking advantage of augmented reality (AR), a wearable headset like the Microsoft HoloLens, and software that helps the blind “see”.
Microsoft Gets $480 Million U.S. Army Contract For HoloLens
Microsoft will be supplying prototypes for augmented reality systems to the U.S. Army which the military branch will use for training and combat missions. The contract is reportedly worth $480 million and will lead to Microsoft supplying as many as 100,000 HoloLens augmented reality headsets to the army.
Next-Generation HoloLens Launch Expected Early Next Year
It has been a while since Microsoft launched an updated model of its HoloLens mixed reality headset and if a new report is to be believed, the company might do that early next year. The report claims that Microsoft is developing a next-generation HoloLens headset that it’s likely going to release in the first quarter of 2019. The project is reportedly being referred to “Sydney” inside the company.
Microsoft's HoloLens AI Chip Might Land On Other Devices
Microsoft confirmed recently that it’s working on the next iteration of the HoloLens mixed reality headset. The company also confirmed that the next HoloLens headset will feature a dedicated artificial intelligence chip. The company is hard at work developing this chipset and it has now suggested that the chip might actually be used in devices other than the HoloLens.
HoloLens 2 Features Custom Artificial Intelligence Chip From Microsoft
Microsoft has announced today that its next HoloLens mixed reality headset is going to tout a custom artificial intelligence chip designed by the company itself. An important distinction has to be made here. Microsoft is only going to design this “coprocessor” and not manufacture it. The custom chip is going to be used to analyze visual data on the HoloLens 2 headset itself. This will save time as the headset […]
Lenovo’s VR Headset Will Launch In Time For Back-To-School
Earlier this year at CES 2017, Lenovo took the wraps off the prototype of their VR headset that would work with Microsoft’s Holographic platform. However the question that Lenovo was unable to answer back then was when the headset would be available. The company suggested that it would be launched in 2017, but no dates were given.
Microsoft HoloLens Successor May Not Arrive Until 2019
Microsoft may not have sold millions of units of the HoloLens augmented reality headset but that wasn’t its objective in the first place. This first-generation augmented reality headset is meant for developers and enthusiasts who are really interested in pushing AR into the future. The company may eventually come out with cheaper HoloLens headsets or team up with other manufacturers who want to create their own. According to a recent […]
Microsoft HoloLens Sales Aren't That High
Microsoft introduced its HoloLens augmented reality headset about a year back. Since it’s a first-generation product, it’s not really meant for the average joe. Microsoft made it clear from the get go that this product is meant for developers and businesses. With that being said, the company has revealed that Microsoft HoloLens sales aren’t that high. Forget millions, they’re not even in the hundreds of thousands.
HoloLens China Release Confirmed For 2017
The HoloLens augmented reality headset has been released in a couple of markets already and Microsoft has now confirmed when it’s going to be released in China. Microsoft made the announcement at the WinHEC event in Shenzhen, China where it also made some other very interesting announcements. The company has confirmed the HoloLens release for China, it’s going to take place next year.
Ukraine’s Military Wants To Use The HoloLens For Its Tanks
Microsoft’s HoloLens has so far been positioned as a device for gaming. However it seems that over in the Ukraine, they believe that the technology has use in the military as well, particularly by tank commanders. Given that a tank is more or less fully sealed, it means that looking around isn’t quite as easy.
Microsoft HoloLens Launched In Europe And Australia
Microsoft unveiled the HoloLens back in January last year. The company describes it as “the world’s first and still only, self-contained holographic computer.” It’s basically a headset that you wear to jump into the world of augmented reality. It started shipping the HoloLens in the United States and Canada earlier this year in March. Microsoft today announced that the HoloLens is also being released in several countries across Europe as […]
Microsoft & Legendary Team Up To Bring Movie Characters To The HoloLens
Watching movies in virtual reality can offer up a highly immersive experience. It would almost be like you’re in the cinema, minus the crying babies and minus the annoying moviegoers who forget to put their phones on silent. However movies in augmented reality could also offer up an immersive and dynamic experience.
Microsoft Now Allowing Anyone To Purchase HoloLens
Do you find the HoloLens augmented reality helmet from Microsoft fascinating? Would you like to purchase one? Well now you can. Microsoft is now allowing anyone to purchase the helmet without having to go through an entire application process which was previously necessary before you were allowed to buy the HoloLens. The company is going to sell up to five units per customers to folks located in the United States […]
Microsoft Outlook And Calendar Apps Now Available On The HoloLens
Checking your email and calendar on your smartphone or tablet isn’t new, and if you’re wondering what the future of computing might look like, Microsoft might have an idea as they have recently released their Outlook and Calendar app for the HoloLens augmented reality headset, thus allowing users to check their mail and their schedules in augmented reality.
Japan Airline To Use Hololens For Flight Service Staff Training
When it comes to training staff for jobs, there are numerous ways one can go about it. Companies can host workshops where staff are briefed on what they need to do. There are training videos which shows how they should service customers. There is also on the job training which sometimes throws staff into the deep end, and then there is also a hi-tech way.
NASA Leverages Microsoft HoloLens To Simulate Mars Experience
While we do know that the Microsoft HoloLens has started to ship out to developers already, not to mention an analyst mentioning that the hardware could actually feel very hot after extended usage for the simple fact that it is a self-contained computer, we have word from NASA that they are looking to work with the HoloLens in order to simulate the experience of walking on Mars – visually at […]
Microsoft HoloLens Development Kits Begin To Ship
Microsoft has made it official – that its HoloLens development kits are going to ship out today, and in addition to that, there will be a new example project that will roll out for those who decided to pick up the HoloLens development kit some time back – last month, to be exact.
Microsoft HoloLens Might Have Heat Issues
While the Microsoft HoloLens might look as though it is something that is extremely cool to wear, do bear in mind that aesthetic beauty does not necessarily translate to performance and ease of use. In fact, game developer David Dedeine has mentioned in his interview with PC World, that the Microsoft HoloLens holographic goggles could be rather uncomfortable to wear over a long period of time.
Microsoft Shows Off Star Wars-Like Holographic Communication
Star Wars fans have long dreamed up communicating via holograms like they do in Star Wars but that hasn’t really been possible. Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality technology holds promise and the company has been showing off the various ways in which this technology can prove to be useful. It turns out that this technology is very useful if you want to communicate via hologram, just like they do in Star […]
Selected Lowe’s Stores To Use HoloLens In Kitchen Redesign
Microsoft has just revealed its most recent partnership concerning its HoloLens augmented reality headset, and Lowe’s is the name associated with this particular partnership. Lowe’s, famous for being a chain of home improvement stores, will see HoloLens being introduced in the Seattle area, although not in all of its stores, and will also enable shoppers to be able to customize kitchens with the help of holograms.