Microsoft Patents Wand-Like Augmented Reality Controller

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Microsoft’s HoloLens already has a physical input device, the HoloLens Clicker, but in a recently published patent, we may be getting a peek into what the company was initially planning before they decided to include each HoloLens with the tiny 3DoF device. image courtesy Microsoft.

New Jersey Utility Uses Augmented Reality to Visualise Underground Infrastructure

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vGIS, a new geographic information system (GIS) visualisation platform from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) partner Meemim , is being used to view underground infrastructure while wearing Microsoft Hololens.

The 3 Biggest Challenges Facing Augmented Reality Today

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The reality is that even today’s best portable AR headset dev kits still have very limited fields of view (far from the field of view of today’s VR headsets, which some still feel is lacking!). Image courtesy Microsoft.

Five Tech Titans Bullish on Augmented Reality

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Augmented reality (AR) became more widely known after the success of Pokémon Go in 2016. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has shaken the company up since arriving in 2014. News Apple AR Augmented Reality Disney Facebook Microsoft Snap

Google Wants Everyone to Try Scribble Art in Augmented Reality

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Available now in the Play Store, the dead-simple augmented reality drawing app makes the old Microsoft Paint app look like Adobe Illustrator. As part of its ARCore push this week, Google has promoted Just a Line from one-time AR experiment to a full-fledged app.

What ‘Pokémon Go’ Could Be Like if it Was Really Augmented Reality

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But what would it look like running on a dedicated augmented reality headset? Developer CapitolaVR decided to find out by building a Pokemon Go inspired test game for their brand new Microsoft HoloLens. See Also: ‘Pokémon Go’ is Where I Draw the Line on “Augmented Reality”.

U.S. Army To Receive 100,000 Microsoft HoloLens Headsets

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Microsoft lands $479M contract to put the MR headsets into the hands of soldiers in active combat zones. Mixed reality will be joining the ranks of the U.S. Army thanks to a huge $479 million contract between the legendary military branch and Microsoft.

Meta: Making Augmented Reality Fashionable.

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The original Meta AR headset was a great proof of concept with a great 40° field of view much like Microsofts Hololens is today. With over 600 patent claims for the technology, the Meta team now offers us a truer vision of their future of reality.

Magic Leap Teams with Sennheiser to Deliver High-End Spatial Audio for Augmented Reality

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Microsoft Wins $480M Defense Contract to Provide U.S. Army with AR Headsets

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Microsoft has won a $480 million contract with the U.S. Army which is poised to outfit soldiers with 100,000 Microsoft-built AR headsets. “Augmented reality technology will provide troops with more and better information to make decisions.

Toyota Looks To Improve Their Kaizen Philosophy With Microsoft HoloLens

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Toyota plans on using Microsoft’s HoloLens and AR technology as part of their kaizen philosophy in hopes of giving themselves a boost in efficiency and assistance them overall in how they operate as a company. News AR Augmented Reality Microsoft HoloLens Toyota Toyota Way

Pokemon Go or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying About The Definition And Love Augmented Reality

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What Apple’s Dual Camera iPhone Means For Augmented Reality

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Although there weren’t drastic changes made to the physical design of the iPhone (minus that old thing called a headphone jack), Apple’s unveiling of a dual-lens camera points to a world where millions of consumers could one day put a powerful augmented reality device in their pocket.

Apple Hires NASA Expert To Help Build Augmented Reality Glasses

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According to a Bloomberg story published this week, Apple hired Jeff Norris of NASA to work on augmented reality initiatives. Norris was the face and voice of NASA’s mixed reality projects for some time now. He has been a mixed reality visionary for some time now.

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US Army Declares Microsoft the Winner in Battle for $480M AR Headset Contract

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In their first head-to-head major contract clash, Microsoft has emerged victorious over Magic Leap, as the US Army has awarded a $480 million contract to the HoloLens maker. The US Army's vision of combat augmented reality enhances the situational awareness of soldiers in the battlefield.

Hands-On with Spatial's Remote Meeting App on Microsoft HoloLens

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However, for some, the notion of holding remote meetings using augmented reality, a medium in which you're still directly tied to the real world and not closed off in a blindfold-style VR headset, might be the better solution.

Snapchat’s Augmented Reality

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Plenty of the videos that are being viewed on the app are utilizing augmented reality because of a recent camera feature. The company has also hired many people from augmented reality groups such as Microsoft’s HoloLens , PTC’s Vuforia , and more.

Microsoft Affirms No Plans for VR on Xbox Consoles

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” Now, it appears, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer for gaming Mike Nichols has put a final nail in the Xbox One VR coffin in a recent GamesIndustry.biz interview, saying the company doesn’t have “any plans specific to Xbox One consoles.”

Microsoft Launch HoloLens ‘Commercial Suite’, Declares it “Ready for Business”

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Microsoft have just launched a new HoloLens ‘Commercial Suite’ which packages the augmented reality visor as ready for business with numerous new features and benefits for business buyers.

Microsoft Hololens Available in More Countries

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Microsoft Hololens (Developer version) has been available in the US and Canada since March for $3,000. Starting on October 12, Microsoft added availability to the following countries: Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Microsoft to Expand HoloLens Availability to 29 More European Markets in December

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Microsoft announced at their at Future Decoded conference in London that HoloLens, the company’s augmented reality headset, will be expanding its international availability to include all of the European Union in December. image courtesy Microsoft.

Report: Samsung & Microsoft Boost “MR” Partnership, Samsung Builds Wireless AR/VR Headset

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Samsung appears to be making a strategic partnership with Microsoft as it produces what Korean Times reports is a “powerful cordless headset that supports both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).” Image courtesy Microsoft.

Apple Files Augmented Reality Patent for a ‘Wearable Information System’

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In these early months of 2017 just about every major tech company has some sort of virtual or augmented reality product either on store shelves or coming in the future.

The Tantalizing Promise Of Augmented Reality Games

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CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas last week, was loaded with augmented reality smartglasses, which layer digital animations and information on top of the real world. Three times the size of virtual reality, goes their prediction. Image Credit: Microsoft.

Taking A Detailed Look Inside The Microsoft HoloLens Headset

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See Times Square Underwater in Microsoft’s AR Art Exhibit

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The Big Apple takes a dip in this location-based augmented experience from Microsoft. 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.

Microsoft Patents Mixed Reality Wand for HoloLens

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Microsoft has patented wand controllers for use with HoloLens. 2017 has been a big year for Microsoft in Mixed Reality. Microsoft Patent: Augmented reality input device [link] pic.twitter.com/TIz7KeTBbt.

Microsoft's HoloLens Morphs Paris Museum Model of Mont-Saint-Michel into Masterpiece of AR

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Amid the opulent and historic confines of Paris, Microsoft is now hosting an exhibit at a local museum that brings a historic map of a Normandy tourist destination to life in augmented reality.

Community Download: Will Augmented Reality Replace Our Smartphones?

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Virtual reality is all about immersing a person inside a digital world. Augmented reality, on the other hand, combines a lot of what makes VR work (positional tracking, stereoscopic 3D, etc.) Microsoft’s HoloLens, for example, can place virtual screens on physical walls that stay where you leave them as you walk around your living room or turn your head. We mentioned Microsoft already above but Google, Snap, Inc.,

Slowly Going The Way of the Dinosaur in Augmented Reality

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For a prime example of an imminent disruption long in the making, let’s take a look at the current state of augmented reality glasses. On display were the latest demos built for Microsoft’s HoloLens, ODG’s R8, some rare sightings of the Meta 2, and occasionally an errant appearance by Vive or Daydream. A year has passed since the Great Pokémon Craze of 2016 demonstrated the massive consumer potential for augmented reality.

How Augmented Reality Will Put People Back to Work

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Augmented reality (AR), however, may become the tool that delays this fate by evolving the role of workers in a post-automation world, creating opportunities for continued employment across a more diverse set of occupations. A worker using a Microsoft HoloLens performs inspections on a car door. AR augments the ability of veteran workers by helping them complete jobs more quickly or taking on more complex tasks, potentially increasing their earnings per day.

Microsoft Planning VR/AR Headset for $299

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During the Microsoft Surface event today, it was not just all about the massive Surface Studio Desktop. Microsoft discussed plans for their $299 (£245, AU$295) VR/AR headset. VRCircle will be there, so here is hoping Microsoft!

Microsoft $299 Headset Will Be Tethered

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On Wednesday this week, Microsoft announced they are working on a new $299 VR/AR headset. However, it now appears Microsoft will be shackled to the PC just as with Oculus and HTC. Augmented Reality Hardware

Microsoft Confirms Follow-Up To HoloLens Mixed Reality Headset

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HoloLens enters spotlight with new updates from Microsoft and a new ad featuring actor/rapper Common. Despite having released a developer edition all the way back in 2016, the Microsoft HoloLens has remained a relatively niche device.

Akonia Uses Holography To Create Transparent Augmented Reality Display

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The company now plans to use holography to make inexpensive transparent displays for augmented reality smartglasses. Augmented reality is expected to be a $90 billion market by 2020, according to tech advisor Digi-Capital. The company has 165 patents, including a few dozen related to augmented reality. “It’s Akonia Holographics , a startup in Longmont, Colorado, spent years trying to make holographic data storage work.

Microsoft Japan Concept Video Demos How HoloLens Will Help Pilot the Drone Ships of the Future

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Although the HoloLens is still primarily the domain of developers and researchers, the device is nevertheless on the cutting edge of showing us what will be possible with augmented reality in the coming years.

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First Images Captured by Microsoft's Project Kinect for Azure Surface Online

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Images captured by Microsoft's next generation Kinect depth-sensing camera that will facilitate augmented reality experiences in the next version of the HoloLens and give computer vision to untold multitudes of connected devices in enterprise facilities, have made their way into the wild.

Mixed Reality versus Virtual and Augmented Reality

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Unless you’ve been studying immersive technologies very closely, you may not have seen the rising use of the term Mixed Reality. Everyone probably has a good idea of what Virtual Reality is all about. The term Mixed Reality (MR) has a number of meanings.

A Microsoft HoloLens Mixed Reality Mannequin Challenge

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Microsoft just used their HoloLens for the first mixed reality Mannequin Challenge. Now the large corporation that is Microsoft is bringing us their own version of #MannequinChallenge but with their own unique twist. News Actiongram Augmented Reality HoloLens Microsoft

Microsoft to Host Women in AI & Mixed Reality Hackathon in San Francisco

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Over the last few years, the virtual reality space has earned a welcome reputation for fostering better representational balance with regard to gender compared to the general tech industry, with women like Nonny de la Peña and many others leading the charge.

Microsoft Video Shows Off BAE Systems' HoloLens-Powered Manufacturing Training Solution

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While some in the augmented reality space are tweeting about future amazing immersive experiences and others are showing off cool experiments, Microsoft continues to move forward with tangible business solutions right now that show how the HoloLens can improve business.

HoloLens 2.0 to Put a Custom A.I. Chip at the Heart of Its On-board Processor

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Microsoft has undoubtedly been working on the next version of HoloLens, the company’s AR headset, but now we know a little more about what’s going into the next iteration: a Microsoft-built custom AI chip designed to carry out low-latency computer vision tasks.

Microsoft is Adding Pass-through Video to Windows VR Headsets

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This week Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17723 to users who are part of the Windows Insider Program. Microsoft says the video portals are “low-latency,” but doesn’t offer more detail.