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.

Developer Shows Microsoft’s VR Controllers in Action

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Earlier this week we shared our first hands-on with Microsoft’s VR controllers , but at the time the company didn’t allow us to document the session with photos or videos. The post Developer Shows Microsoft’s VR Controllers in Action appeared first on Road to VR.

Microsoft Reveals Motion Controllers for Mixed Reality Headsets Coming This Holiday

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Today Microsoft has unveiled their Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers. The controllers fill in a major gap in Microsoft’s strategy to become the “most complete platform across the broadest range of mixed reality devices and experiences.”

Hands-on: Microsoft’s “Mixed Reality” VR Motion Controllers

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Microsoft debuted the lengthily-named “Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers” back in May, but until now we haven’t had a chance to actually try them out. Microsoft didn’t allow any pictures of the controllers during my hands-on time).

Microsoft Research Demonstrates VR Controller Prototypes With Unique Haptic Technology

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Microsoft Research has devised two novel methods for more realistic haptic feedback on virtual reality controllers. Haptic feedback in general-purpose controllers has been limited to vibration feedback since the introduction of the Rumble Pak for the Nintendo 64 in 1997.

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Microsoft Shows Off Haptic VR Controller, Simulates Grabbing With Thumb & Two Fingers

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Microsoft Research showed off a new haptic VR controller which simulates grabbing small objects with the thumb and first two fingers, delivering rich haptic feedback. The controller is codenamed TORC— TOuch Rigid Controller. The two fingers rest against linear actuators (also used in the Oculus Touch and HTC Vive controllers) to give targeted haptic feedback. Microsoft haptic controller microsoft research vr controllers

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Windows VR Headset and Controller Bundles Launch This Holiday Starting at $400

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Microsoft today announced that the company will be bundling its Windows VR headsets and motion controllers, and making them available for purchase this holiday season starting at $400. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft Reveals Motion Controllers For Windows VR Headsets

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In a keynote today Microsoft is revealing a long-awaited missing piece of its Windows mixed reality platform – motion controllers. The controllers will be bundled with an Acer mixed reality headset later this year for around $400. What Will These Controllers Be Good For?

Watch Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Reveal Demo from MWC 2019

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At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona today Microsoft unveiled HoloLens 2, the next iteration of the company’s standalone AR headset. The post Watch Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Reveal Demo from MWC 2019 appeared first on Road to VR.

Microsoft Shows Off Its Own Super-Sensing VR Controller

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“Future Halo experiences” Coming to Windows VR Headsets, Microsoft Says

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Microsoft today announced that 343 Industries, the studio tasked with overseeing the Halo franchise, will be creating Halo- themed experiences for the company’s lineup of VR headsets. Alex Kipman, 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.

Watch Microsoft’s New VR Controllers In Action

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We were pretty impressed with Microsoft’s new motion controllers for its Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets when we went hands-on with them earlier this week , though we weren’t able to show you them in action. Microsoft VR Industry News

Watch Microsoft’s New VR Motion Controllers Get Unboxed

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Microsoft’s new motion controllers for its Windows 10 VR headsets remain something of a mystery to us on the account of not having gone hands-on with them, but they’re finally starting to arrive at the doorsteps of developers. Microsoft VR Industry News

Microsoft Patents AR Controller, Possibly For HoloLens

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The developer kits for Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headset are controlled with basic gesture recognition, getting users to pinch the air to interact with user interfaces and more. A new patent, however, suggests a physical controller might be on the way too. What it does have, though, are pictures of a wand-like controller with a trigger on the bottom and two buttons on top. What would you want to see in a dedicated controller for the HoloLens?

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. Army thanks to a huge $479 million contract between the legendary military branch and Microsoft. Army would expect all 100,000 HoloLens devices from Microsoft.

Grasp, Touch & Trigger In VR With Microsoft’s CLAW

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Earlier this month Microsoft showcased their latest ‘Haptic Link’ technology, creating a brand new solution for the realistic sensation of tension and pressure whilst immersed in VR. This same closed-loop force control system is also responsible for the devices ability to simulate touch.

Microsoft Shows Windows in VR, Gives Acer VR Headset to Vision Summit Audience

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Brandon Bray, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, took the stage at Unity’s Vision VR/AR Summit 2017 to show a little more of what Microsoft has planned for the VR side of things when the first Windows Holographic headsets come later this year.

Ukrainian Military Testing Microsoft HoloLens for Battle

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The Microsoft HoloLens could be heading to the battlefield soon. Microsoft has already shown their “mixed reality” headset’s applications in medicine, architecture, space , and now, soldiers in the Ukrainian military may begin wearing the device.

Microsoft Reveals HoloLens 2 with More than 2x Field of View & 47 Pixels per-Degree

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Microsoft today revealed HoloLens 2 at MWC 2019 in Barcelona. Image courtesy Microsoft. HoloLens 2 also brings hand-tracking which goes much further than the coarse gesture control in the original headset. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Windows Reveals New Mixed Reality Controllers

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These controllers look familiar. Microsoft brought their latest mixed reality efforts front and center Thursday at its Build conference in Seattle. Microsoft is clearly working to gain early ground in the headset battle against HTC and Oculus with lower pricing.

Experimental Controllers From Microsoft Research Offer A New Way To Feel Objects In VR

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We’re eager to go hands-on with Valve’s new prototype Vive controllers, but these new experiments from Microsoft’s Research division might be even more exciting. The first controller features a platform not dissimilar to analogue sticks seen on a gamepad.

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. Controlled operating system updates to devices and support for long term servicing branch.

OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

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Along with the provisional release of the specification, Microsoft is releasing an OpenXR runtime for testing, which can enable OpenXR content compatibility with Windows Mixed Reality headsets. OpenXR is a royalty-free standard for cross-platform VR and AR development.

Microsoft Research Shows Haptic VR Add-On That Links Motion Controllers

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The HTC Vive wands and Oculus Touch controllers do an amazing job of bringing our hands into VR, but they share many issues, including how to handle two-handed objects. However, a new project from Microsoft Research is addressing this issue with Haptic Links.

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Microsoft: “Holiday 2017 is Going to be Phenomenal”, E3 to See More Mixed Reality Announcements

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Microsoft Technical Fellow and chief inventor of HoloLens, Alex Kipman, took the stage today at Microsoft Build 2017 to show off a number of upcoming mixed reality hardware and software streaming out of the company and its partners.

Microsoft Reveals Asus Mixed Reality Headset, New Design from Dell

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Today at Computex 2017, the annual IT expo held in Taipei, Taiwan, Microsoft revealed more from their line-up of affordable Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ headsets, including Asus’ headset and an updated design from Dell.

Power and Responsibility: Highlights from Microsoft Build

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We need to ask ourselves not only what computers can do, but what they should do,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in his opening keynote at Build. With customers in control, privacy is preserved Click To Tweet. Microsoft sees the “intelligent cloud” as the backbone of this revolution.

Former Microsoft Senior Researcher, Now At Facebook, Recounts Haptics Innovations

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Former Microsoft Senior Researcher Dr. Hrvoje Benko gave a talk entitled ‘The Future of AR Interactions’ at the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) conference in October. Haptics Facebook Reality Labs microsoft research

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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 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.

Microsoft is Building VR MMO for Xbox and PC, Job Listing Indicates

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A job listing for a Senior Design Manager position on Microsoft’s “Xbox Mixed Reality team” says that the company is “looking to build a massively social gaming and entertainment experience for both the PC and the console.”

Microsoft’s Newest Headset Advert Focuses in on Portability, Ease of Use & Travel

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Microsoft’s special Windows “Mixed Reality” event today saw the unveiling of its latest addition to the VR family, the Samsung HMD Odyssey, and also announced that all VR headsets slated to ship before holiday season are currently in pre-order.

Microsoft Publishes New System Requirements for Windows VR Headsets, and An App to Check Your PC

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As the holiday launch of the Windows VR headsets nears , Microsoft has published a new set of system requirements and an app allowing you to see if your PC will be ready for the company’s “Mixed Reality” platform. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Presence in VR Game Design

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The Microsoft Build conference starts this week, and I expect that we’ll be learning more about the HoloLens as well as Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality operating system. The post Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Presence in VR Game Design appeared first on Road to VR.

Microsoft’s ‘Haptic Links’ Bring A New Level Of Realism To VR

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That’s why Microsoft is currently in development on a solution that would actually link two standard VR motion controllers together to simulate realistic tension and pressure. This is possible thanks to what Microsoft is calling their “Summoning” input method.

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Zero Latency’s Free-Roam VR To Use HP Headsets And Microsoft Tracking

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VR company Zero Latency is planning to roll out future locations with HP headsets running Microsoft’s inside-out tracking system. The stages will be brightly lit to assist with the on-board inside-out positional tracking provided by Microsoft’s Windows-based system.