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. image courtesy Microsoft.

Taser manufacturer Axon bolsters VR efforts

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Public safety technology company Axon announced last week that it has hired an imaging engineering team that will work from a new R&D office in Tampere, Finland. ” The new team will be led by industry expert Juha Alakarhu, who has led camera technology teams at Nokia and Microsoft. The engineers will focus on improving Axon’s wearable and in-car products, in addition to building solutions that utilize AR, VR and AI.

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Oculus For Business is now available for all companies

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At the time of writing they are: United States Canada Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Iceland Italy Netherlands Norway Poland Republic of Ireland Spain Sweden Switzerland UK Australia Japan New Zealand Taiwan.

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Varjo Promises Human-Eye Resolutions For VR This Year

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Varjo is a startup of 19 employees that is only 10 months old based in Helsinki, Finland. The talent comes from the likes of Microsoft and Nokia. A video of a prototype back in Finland showed how this tech can work with AR. I am standing in a virtual living room rendered via Unity. Except I am seeing things I never have before in VR. There is a virtual television on the wall to my left displaying a 4K video of a city.

The World’s Largest WebXR Hackathon Returns Next Week

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Last year, Virtuleap ran the first edition of the Global WebVR Hackathon to champion the open web as the best platform for mixed reality and to rally and catalyze content creators alongside partners like Mozilla, Google, Samsung Internet, Oculus, Microsoft, as well as dozens of other community partners from around the world.

The XR Week Peek (2020.02.17): Half-Life Alyx will launch on March, 23rd, MWC has been canceled and much more!

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Image by Microsoft). Both Sony and Microsoft have not given clear plans on their VR offerings for their next-gen consoles , the PS5 and the Xbox Series X, but we have some interesting hints. On this special day, let’s all talk about AR and VR! Top news of the week.

How Brain-Computer Interfaces Can Deliver On VR’s Promises

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Meta is working on an AR headset, which puts them in the same league as Microsoft and Magic Leap. Researchers in Finland are experimenting with brainwave analysis as a method for content curation.

Holographic Waveguides: What You Need To Know To Understand The Smartglasses Market

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The waveguides used in Microsoft’s HoloLens, are of Nokia’s design, modified with the housing turned upright, with the micro-displays placed above the eye. Dispelix of Finland has not only produced a surface relief waveguide, they’ve made a significant contribution to the manufacturing process. Grayson has been a speaker on augmented reality and smartglasses at SXSW, Microsoft Cambridge, New York Fashion Week, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and most recently at MIT Media Lab.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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You’ve been able to pop on a VR headset and watch any Netflix content on a flatscreen TV in a virtual living room for a year and a half, and according to a recent job posting you’ll soon be able to do the same with the Microsoft Hololens. Based in Helsinki, Finland, Vizor raised $2.3M

Branson: Basic Income is crucial for the rise of AI

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In Finland you are experimenting with it in at least one city at the moment,” says Branson, who recently announced his support for the idea. ” Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, on the other hand, isn’t panicking. Richard Branson has backed the introduction of a universal basic income and said it is crucial to tackling the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). The billionaire said it could help protect people whose jobs will be lost as a result of new technology.

Dress for Success: Talking Headsets and Haptic Suits with Skarred Ghost Antony Vitillo

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or Finland? Antony: Varro is from Finland. Alan: Finland, sorry. Antony: My thought is that Microsoft is doing a great job, because it has created the AR market with the first Hololens, and now after some years, it has created the new Hololens 2, that is a big improvement over the previous one. There is a demo by Microsoft, that you are reading a text.