Microsoft Wins Contract To Supply US Army With 120,000 HoloLens Headsets


The United States Army confirmed via an official statement yesterday that it has awarded Microsoft a contract to deliver 120,000 military-grade HoloLens AR headsets designed for use in a variety of combat scenarios. ” Image Credit: Microsoft.

Microsoft Hints At Minecraft AR Experience Ahead Of 10th Anniversary


Now, at the cusp of the legendary franchises 10th anniversary, Microsoft is teasing a brand new Minecraft experience that will—based on the video provided—have users crafting and mining throughout real-world environments. Released on Microsoft’s official YouTube channel, the video—entitled “What’s Minecraft up to?”— What she’s seeing appears to be an AR-rendition of the classic Minecraft experience projected over her real-world environment.


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Doctors Perform One-Of-A-Kind AR Surgery In Boston


Surgeons were able to view 3D anatomical information in real-time thanks to Dr. Steve Murphy’s AR guidance platform. ” Dr. Murphy’s intra-operative AR guidance platform was approved by the Food and Drug Administration Moving on January 28, 2021.

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Microsoft Signs $22B Contract with US Army to Bring HoloLens 2 Tech to the Battlefield

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Following a prototyping phase started in 2019, Microsoft and the United States Army have announced they are moving to a production phase of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), based on HoloLens 2 technology, through a contract worth up to $22 billion. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft to Expand Azure Kinect’s Computer Vision Tech to Commercial Market

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The technology behind Microsoft’s enterprise-focused computer vision camera, the Azure Kinect developer kit , will soon find its way into commercial products. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft To Host US And International Mixed Reality Dev Days


Microsoft announced that it will be hosting two Mixed Reality Dev Days in Redmond, Washington May 16 and 17, in addition to some international dev days held in Japan and Germany at some point during the year.

VR Coworking Platform ‘Spatial’ Launches Mobile AR Workspace


This week the company introduced mobile AR support to the platform, allowing team members to participate in virtual meetings using a compatible iOS or Android device. The phone is where AR will thrive first and we’re capitalizing on this trend today.

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NuEyes’ AR Glasses Are Made For Hardcore PC Gamers


AR company NuEyes is taking its passion for AR and gaming to the next level with the launch of the Pro 3e 5G-enabled smart glasses through their gaming division, NuGaming. Adjusting the settings on the AR glasses is simple.

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Microsoft Reveals HoloLens 2 AR Headset


Microsoft unveiled the second generation of its standalone HoloLens AR headset at a press conference in Barcelona, Spain. HoloLens 2 features enhanced field of view, “fully articulated hand tracking” and better comfort overall, according to Microsoft. Microsoft showed avatars which could mimic real-world movements as well as interactions that spanned voice commands and phones. AR Alex Kipman HoloLens 2 microsoft

Microsoft Mesh Brings Incredible AR Multiplayer To HoloLens

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With Microsoft Mesh, HoloLens finally goes fully online. If you have any experience in VRChat, Spatial, Rec Room, AltspaceVR or other social and collaborative VR platforms, the core of Microsoft Mesh might not seem immediately exciting to you.

Now Anyone Can Buy HoloLens 2 Direct from Microsoft

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HoloLens 2 has been available to Microsoft business partners and developers since last year, however anyone else interested in the augmented reality headset would have to jump through a few hoops first to get their hands on the device. Image courtesy Microsoft. Microsoft Edge.

‘XR Casino’ Brings Cross-Platform Gambling To VR & AR


Bet on games of Blackjack and Roulette in this blockchain-powered virtual casino coming soon to major VR & AR devices. Tech giants such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft have invested heavily into AR, VR and MR to speed up mass adoption through both hardware and software solutions.”

NVIDIA CloudXR is Launching on Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and AWS

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NVIDIA is continuing the rollout of its CloudXR technology on the three leading cloud computing platforms: AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. CloudXR is a specialized solution for the unique latency and performance requirements of VR and AR streaming.

Microsoft Announces Release Date For Minecraft Earth AR Sandbox Mobile Game


Thankfully, our wishes were finally granted yesterday as Microsoft revealed that early access would begin rolling out to various countries beginning next month , with plans for global compatibility by the end of the year. . In tabletop mode, you look down upon the AR experience from a god-like perspective. Image Credit: Microsoft, Mojang. Feature Image Credit: Microsoft, Mojang. Move over Halloween, this October is all about Minecraft Earth.

How Astronauts Are Using VR & AR Aboard The ISS


But how exactly is VR & AR technology being used by the astronauts operating within the multinational low orbit space station? According to the official NASA blog , just yesterday two members of the Expedition 65 crew employed VR and AR technology as part of their respective duties.

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Newly Revealed Microsoft Patent Points Towards HoloLens 2


Microsoft is set to announce their HoloLens 2 in February. Do these patents show the future of Microsoft’s AR device? There’s currently a lot of discussion surrounding Microsoft’s HoloLens 2, which is rumored to be making its unveiling at Mobile World Congress in February. We don’t know too many of the details around the device as of yet, but one thing is for sure, Microsoft’s next iteration of AR headset technology is definitely on the way.

Magic Leap Teases Its Next-gen AR Headset for Enterprise

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Magic Leap hasn’t come out with new hardware since it launched its seminal AR headset in 2018, Magic Leap 1. In the LinkedIn post, Johnson says she’ll speak a bit about her experiences as CEO at Magic Leap and “share a glimpse of what lies ahead for AR and our organization.”

Microsoft HoloLens 2 & Unity Used to Highlight the Threat to Endangered Whales at the Smithsonian

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Although the enterprise use cases for the Microsoft HoloLens 2 continue to impress, the arts community just can't stay away from the best augmented reality headset on the market.

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Watch: Microsoft Mesh’s Amazing Social AR In Action On HoloLens

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A few weeks back, we reported on Microsoft Mesh , a new framework for enabling social and collaborative AR experiences on its HoloLens headset that also works cross-platform with other devices. Microsoft Mesh In Action. AR Apps ar HoloLens 2 Microsoft Mesh top stories

Microsoft Introduces New HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition

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Microsoft introduced a new edition of the HoloLens 2 this week, which is “designed, built, and tested to support regulated industrial environments.” ” The HoloLens 2 started shipping in November 2019 as an enterprise-level, standalone AR headset, priced at $3,500.

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.08): Microsoft launches Mesh, HTC and Pico tease new hardware, and more!

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Microsoft announces Mesh, an XR collaboration platform. Alex Kipman promised us a Microsoft Ignite conference with an amazing level of immersion , and he kept his word. But since Microsoft owns one of those studios (and using it costs around $100K/day if I remember well!),

Microsoft: The Path To Consumer AR Is ‘Measured In Years’


Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 reveal event last week made one thing clear: this is an enterprise-driven device. But consumer AR is an increasingly popular topic. According to Greg Sullivan, Director of Communications for Microsoft’s Mixed Reality arm, it could still be years. ” I did ask Sullivan if Microsoft might be planning any type of consumer stop-gap for HoloLens. Microsoft did launch the original HoloLens with some gaming applications.

Microsoft & Niantic Show Off Multiplayer ‘Pokémon Go’ Prototype on HoloLens 2

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If you’ve been dreaming of a proper immersive AR experience from Pokémon GO , you’ll be happy to know that Microsoft and Pokémon Go developer Niantic are experimenting with the idea. “Microsoft Mesh offers a whole new way of doing that.

Microsoft ‘Absolutely’ Working On Consumer HoloLens – ‘It’s A Very Important Part Of Our Strategy’

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Microsoft reconfirmed it is “absolutely” working on a “consumer journey” for its HoloLens AR headset, even if that’s some ways off.

The AR Space Race, Part VII: Microsoft


As you likely know, one of AR’s foundational principles is to fuse the digital and physical. Synthesizing these factors, one of AR’s battlegrounds will be in augmenting the world in location-relevant ways. How else will geospatial AR materialize? continuing here with Microsoft.

Microsoft Teases Minecraft AR, But Not For HoloLens 2


A new teaser trailer released by Microsoft this week basically confirms that Minecraft AR is in the works. The short clip sees someone pick up another person’s phone only to discover an AR version of the game. If so, will other Minecraft players get to connect with those in AR? It’s interesting to see this app teased for smartphones and not Microsoft’s latest AR hardware, HoloLens 2. AR Experiences Gaming microsoft Minecraft AR

Microsoft’s Minecraft Earth AR Experience Is Straight-Up Black Magic


Last month, Microsoft celebrated the 10th anniversary of Minecraft with the reveal of Minecraft Earth , an upcoming Pokemon Go-like AR mobile game that brings all the crafting, exploration, and adventure of the original PC game to the real world. Based on the incredible tracking demonstrated and the amount of content offered, it appears as though Microsoft is swinging for the fences with Minecraft Earth. News AR ARKit 3 Augmented Reality Minecraft Earth

HoloLens 2 Now Shipping, Microsoft Announces


HoloLens 2, Microsoft’s second enterprise-level AR headset, is now shipping. If this is AR’s DK1, I’m very much looking forward to what the future holds.” At that price, it’s over $1,000 more than the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, a similar type of AR heaset that has aspirations of bringing AR to consumers. Rumors also continue to persist about a possible Apple AR headset to release in the years ahead.

Microsoft to Talk About the Future of XR in Ignite 2021 Keynote Hosted in ‘AltspaceVR’

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Microsoft is looking to make good use of its social VR platform AltspaceVR next week as it hosts its first Ignite keynote in virtual reality. ” Register here for @Microsoft ‘s virtual event (Mar 2-4): [link]

Microsoft Mixed Reality Dev Days Names Keynote For AltSpace VR Event


Microsoft announced more details and plans for their Mixed Reality Dev Days, which will now take place fully online in AltSpaceVR. Therefore, Microsoft made registration open to anyone and available now for free. Kipman is also known for his work on the enterprise AR headset HoloLens.

The AR Space Race, Part VII: Microsoft

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A s you likely know, one of AR’s foundational principles is to fuse the digital and physical. Synthesizing these factors, one of AR’s battlegrounds will be in augmenting the world in location-relevant ways. How else will geospatial AR materialize? continuing here with Microsoft.

Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2


Microsoft debuts their latest mixed reality device at Mobile World Conference 2019. Over these past three and a half years, Microsoft has been listening to their customers, claims HoloLens inventor and Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman as he took his turn on stage. With the HoloLens 2, Microsoft has made what appears to be a more consumer-friendly device than its original predecessor – although the company themselves dare not utter the “c-word” just yet.

See Times Square Underwater in Microsoft’s AR Art Exhibit


The Big Apple takes a dip in this location-based augmented experience from Microsoft. That is where AR comes in. Accessible via your smartphone or a Microsoft Hololens headset, Unmoored is a new mixed reality experience that transports you to a surreal, post-apocalyptic viewpoint of a sunken New York City. He worked in partnership with Microsoft to create this Microsoft HoloLens experience. Image Credit: Microsoft.

Watch: Pokemon Go HoloLens Demo Uses Microsoft Mesh For Multiplayer Battles

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Microsoft and Niantic demonstrated a Pokemon Go HoloLens demo at Microsoft Ignite today. This demo was purely proof of concept; Microsoft made it clear this doesn’t represent a consumer product at this stage.

Microsoft’s HoloLens Now Helps Elevator Technicians Work Smarter


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Microsoft Research Reveals New, Slimmed Down AR Glasses


The Microsoft Research Team revealed a new pair of augmented reality glasses today that offer an exciting form factor, even if their performance isn’t up to snuff. The new lenses were made known to the world in a research paper titled Holographic Near-Eye Displays for Virtual and Augmented Reality penned by Microsoft’s Andrew Maimone , Andreas Georgio and Joel Kollin. AR Microsoft VR Industry News SIGGRAPH

Report: Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Set To Launch Next Month


Reuters reports that the AR headset will go on sale in September. We have, of course, reached out to Microsoft itself to confirm whether or not this is true. It is, as the name suggests, an updated take on Microsoft’s augmented reality headset, projecting virtual images into the real world and letting you interact with them. The post Report: Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Set To Launch Next Month appeared first on UploadVR.