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.

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.

Developing the Future of Mixed Reality

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We talk to the first developers to join Microsoft’s HoloLens partner program about what the future of Mixed Reality looks like. It was really interesting to see Microsoft pivot towards enterprise with the HoloLens and I think it was absolutely the right move for them to make Click To Tweet.

Report: Interfaces will use voice, gesture, and other inputs

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Magic Leap Versus HoloLens — Which Is Going To Win Over Developers?

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For another, its founders Raven Zachary and Michael Hoffman (who left Microsoft to start the company) operate a very profitable business (employing about a dozen people between full timers and contractors) with no investment capital.

Magic Leap One Now On Sale To Developers For $2295

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Similar to Microsoft’s $3,000 HoloLens, the device can project virtual images into the real world that you can interact with using a remote-like controller (though HoloLens uses gesture controls). Nearly four years after it was first teased to the world, the first Magic Leap augmented reality headset is now on sale to developers. Magic Leap One, as the device is called, can be purchased through the company’s website as a Creator Edition for $2,295.

‘VertoStudio’ Is A 3D Modeling Studio For Windows Holographic

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While current VR headsets mainly thrive on gaming, Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Holographic devices certainly look like they’ll have a big emphasis on production, much like its HoloLens developer kit already does.

Hands-On: The Mira Prism Headset Wants To Be The Google Daydream Of AR

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It helps that the field of view is surprisingly large when compared to the likes of the postage-stamp sized view in the Microsoft HoloLens.

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Waveguides vs Laser Displays: What You Need To Know To Understand The Smartglasses Market

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Meanwhile, a small startup in Canada named Thalmic Labs whose most notable prior accomplishment was launching crowd-funded muscle tracking gesture control armband, discretely raised $120M from Intel Capital and Amazon’s Alexa Fund to develop laser to holographic combiner based smartglasses. Microsoft’s HoloLens is a mere ~35º FOV. In this article we will make a comparison between waveguides and laser to holographic combiners.

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. Gesture controls preclude hands-free operation. We all want to live our Jedi dreams, but the Oculus Touch controllers are not quite “the Force.”

Valve Psychologist Explores Controlling Games Directly With Your Brain

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Mike Ambinder , a psychologist and researcher at Valve, packed a room at the Game Developers Conference with a talk on whether you can control games directly with a brain-computer interface (BCI). The whole point is to cut the middleman, in this case the game controller, between the intention of the player and the game simulation. Above: Xbox One controller. There are also gesture controls — for things like swinging your arm and boxing.

Embracing Digital Transformation: Real-life Use Cases in Energy & Utilities

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It shows a side-by-side time-lapse comparison of a technician wiring a wind turbine control box the standard way and that same worker doing the wiring 34% faster guided by AR instructions in his field of view. This year, the New Jersey utility piloted vGIS, a geographic information system (GIS) visualization platform by Meenim for visualizing overhead and underground infrastructure with Microsoft’s HoloLens headset.

Embracing Digital Transformation: Real-life Use Cases in Energy & Utilities

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It shows a side-by-side time-lapse comparison of a technician wiring a wind turbine control box the standard way and that same worker doing the wiring 34% faster guided by AR instructions in his field of view. This year, the New Jersey utility piloted vGIS, a geographic information system (GIS) visualization platform by Meenim for visualizing overhead and underground infrastructure with Microsoft’s HoloLens headset.