Microsoft’s Battlefield AR Headset in Jeopardy After Deep Budget Cuts

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Microsoft’s big defense contract that looks to supply the US Army with modified HoloLens AR headsets isn’t going so well. Even then, that was allegedly $200 million short of what Microsoft needed to recuperate development costs.

Report: Microsoft Braces for Negative Field Tests of Military HoloLens

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Microsoft is supposedly gearing up to field test its HoloLens-based military AR headset, however a new report contends the company is bracing for impact, as it’s expecting negative feedback from soldiers.

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Microsoft’s Metaverse Ambitions Grow as Teams Platform to Include 3D Avatars & Immersive XR Meetings

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Microsoft is making a strong bid to bolster its version of the metaverse as it looks to roll out 3D avatars and immersive meetings for its Microsoft Teams communication platform. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Spatial Beats: Meta, Microsoft & Xiaomi

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Welcome back to Spatial Beats, AR Insider's weekly series that features observations and insights of author and futurist Charlie Fink. This week, we look at Meta's ongoing metaverse maneuvering, Microsoft's military challenges, and Xiaomi's new smart glasses.

Qualcomm & Microsoft Partner on “custom AR chips” for Next-gen, Light-weight Glasses

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Today during Qualcomm’s CES 2022 press conference, the company announced a partnership with fellow tech-giant Microsoft which will involve “designing custom AR chips and integrating software platforms.”

Report Casts Doubt on HoloLens 3, Microsoft Says AR Headset is “doing great”

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Microsoft’s enterprise-focused HoloLens 3 may be dead in the water, as a recent report maintains that internal divisions have hobbled the company’s efforts to release its next AR headset as planned. Alex Kipman wearing HoloLens 2, Image courtesy Microsoft.

HoloLens Chief Alex Kipman to Leave Microsoft Amid Misconduct Allegations

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Alex Kipman is leaving Microsoft amid what an Insider report alleges to have stemmed from misconduct allegations leveled at the HoloLens co-creator. ” Military version of HoloLens (IVAS) | Image courtesy Microsoft.

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

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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.

Reality Bytes: Apple, Microsoft & Best Buy

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This week on the Reality Bytes Microsoft ‘blocks’ blockchain technologies in Minecraft, Apple opens its Ultra Wideband chip (U1) to developers, and Best Buy plans to launch mini-retail stores. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Spatial Beats: Apple, Microsoft & Meta

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Welcome back to Spatial Beats, AR Insider's weekly series that features observations and insights of author and futurist Charlie Fink. This week, we look at Apple's AR plans, Microsoft's AR reorg, and Meta's Horizon Home. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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

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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.

VR Coworking Platform ‘Spatial’ Launches Mobile AR Workspace

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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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AR Tech Could Disrupt The Gambling Industry

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A new video featuring a unique AR (augmented reality) filter is turning heads online and kickstarting discussions around the impact of immersive technology on the gambling industry. That said, as AR continues to evolve so too will the design of the devices themselves.

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.

Microsoft and Samsung could team up on new AR headset

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Microsoft and Samsung are rumored to be working together on a new augmented reality headset for launch in 2024. Computing News AR headset Augmented Reality Microsoft mixed reality Samsung Virtual Reality

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.

Microsoft Announces Release Date For Minecraft Earth AR Sandbox Mobile Game

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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.

NuEyes’ AR Glasses Are Made For Hardcore PC Gamers

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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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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.

XR Talks: Microsoft Doubles Down on AR

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A mong tech giants investing in AR, Microsoft continues to show strong signs as a leading platform for enterprise productivity. That not only includes its best-of-breed hardware in the Hololens 2, but an expanding suite of software (it is Microsoft after all) for enterprise AR.

Spatial Beats: Meta, Microsoft & Apple

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Welcome back to Spatial Beats, AR Insider's weekly series that features observations and insights of author and futurist Charlie Fink. This week, we look at Meta's ongoing challenges, Microsoft's Quest 3 fate and the latest Apple glasses rumors. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

Newly Revealed Microsoft Patent Points Towards HoloLens 2

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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.

Spatial Beats: Microsoft, Meta & Digilens

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Welcome back to Spatial Beats, AR Insider's weekly series that features observations and insights of author and futurist Charlie Fink. This week, we look at Microsoft's metaverse moves, Digilens' big funding, and more Meta backlash.

Reality Bytes: Microsoft, TikTok & Netflix

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What are the biggest insights and observations in AR and adjacent sectors this week? Welcome to Reality Bytes, featuring lightning-round video commentary from AR Insider partner, M7 Innovations – this week from AWE.

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

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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.”

HoloLens Optics Chief Joins Google Amid Reported Push for Upcoming Google AR Headset

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Bernard Kress, principal optical architect on Microsoft’s HoloLens team, has left the company to take on the role of Director of XR Engineering at the recently formed Google Labs. Now Kress is back at Mountain View working on Google’s next AR headset.

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We Tried Snap’s AR Glasses And Had Our Minds Blown

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Snap Inc’s AR Spectacles glasses are nothing short of black magic. The latest Spectacles design was the first to include built-in AR (augmented reality) functionality, allowing the wearer to interact with existing Snapchat AR Lenses straight from the glasses in real-time.

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

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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

Google Acquires MicroLED Startup Raxium to Bolster AR Ambitions

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The acquisition was previously reported by The Information in March, however now Google has confirmed in a blog post that it has indeed acquired Raxium, a five-year old startup building microdisplays for use in AR and VR headsets.

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Inside Microsoft Mesh, What Is It and How Does It Work? We Have the Answers

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When Microsoft unveiled Mesh a couple of weeks ago, the move revealed a major part of Microsoft's next steps toward dominating the augmented reality space, particularly with regard to enterprise customers.

Microsoft’s HoloLens Now Helps Elevator Technicians Work Smarter

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How Astronauts Are Using VR & AR Aboard The ISS

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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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Microsoft Research Reveals New, Slimmed Down AR Glasses

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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

Airbus Partners with Microsoft to Begin Selling HoloLens 2 Software After Successful AR Pilot Program

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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is so impressed with the boost in productivity it has gained from Microsoft's HoloLens, the company will begin offering augmented reality software to its customers. On Monday at the Paris Air Show, Airbus announced that it will begin selling off-the-shelf applications, including training, remote collaboration, and maintenance solutions, that the company has built through its own experience with the AR headset.

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!),