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. According to a Bloomberg article, Microsoft HoloLens technology will be used to increase the lethality of soldiers by enhancing their ability to detect, decide, and engage the enemy. 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. Now with full hand-tracking, users can interact much more directly with applications by touching, poking, and sliding controls directly rather than using abstract gestures. Image courtesy Microsoft. Microsoft Hololens MWC 2019 News hololens 2

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

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Press release: Voice Control, Gesture Control, and See-through Displays Are Top Electronic User Interface Innovations BOSTON, MA – With Apple, Google, and Microsoft sharpening their focus on electronic user interfaces, voice control, gesture control,... News Lux Research natural user interface user interface

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. By pivoting towards the enterprise market early on, Microsoft managed to create strong and sustained demand for Mixed Reality tools among companies looking to solve real business needs.

AWE Day 3: The Most Wholesome Day in the History of XR Technology

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There were also huge announcements from Unity, HP, Microsoft, and others. For example, how does someone with Parkinson’s navigate gesture controls? HP and Microsoft. Meanwhile, Joanna Popper and John Ludwig of HP, and Mark Bolas of Microsoft announced the HP Reverb Gen 2 , which was developed in collaboration with Valve. Later in the day, Popper and Ludwig were joined in Altspace by Spike Huang of HP and Alex Kipman of Microsoft.

The Future Of The Royal Navy’s Combat Systems Is AR

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Instead, these crewmen will receive AR data through a Microsoft HoloLens that BAE hopes to scale down to something more lightweight and easier to wear during a typical bridge watch officer’s shift. As a matter of fact, other forms of technology outside of AR and AI are actively being explored in the hopes of enhancing military activity within the Royal Navy, such as VR, touch control, gesture control, and voice activation.

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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. By pivoting toward the enterprise market early on, Microsoft managed to create strong and sustained demand for Mixed Reality tools among companies looking to solve real business needs.

Developing Better Haptics With Interhaptics

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The other product is an “interaction builder” for creating gesture controls. These controls are showcased to many XR users in a gaming environment but have huge practical implications in enterprise training.

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What to Expect from Apple in the AR/VR Space

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iDropNews/Martin Hayek Prosser suggested those will be called “Apple Glass” and be offered at a starting price of $499, significantly more affordable than some of the existing alternatives, by Google and Microsoft , for example, which are more enterprise-focused. © Apple, Inc.

‘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. It’s a just-released 3D modelling app that allows you to either create or import 3D files, present them in mixed reality on HoloLens, and then manipulate them using the headset’s gesture controls.

A Closer Look at the HP Reverb G2

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Where the Reverb really comes into its own is gesture control. Both Valve and Microsoft collaborated with HP on the headset. HP Might not be the first name that you think of when you think of VR headsets , but that might be about to change with the upcoming HP Reverb G2. The company’s original Reverb headset is well known to industry users, but is less popular among casual users than models by companies like VIVE and Oculus.

NoUI/ Zero UI Concept: What Can Stimulate AR and VR Further Development?

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Why should we invent another joystick, gamepad or controller, if we already have, thanks to millions of years of evolution, the most perfect controller for interaction with the environment – hands? After significant breakthroughs in the sphere of AR and VR technology happened in recent years, and creation of relatively wide and available-for-mass consumer line of products, pent-up demand for more user-friendly interfaces (rather than for traditional controllers) began to form.

AR and MR Headsets and Glasses 2019 and 2020 Overview

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Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 is one of the most advanced MR headsets on the market. While there’s an affordable leasing option, Microsoft prioritizes working with companies and serious developers. Microsoft set machine learning to design the MR headset to be as usable as possible despite the fact that it works entirely using gesture controls. It also has access to Microsoft’s cloud computing platform.

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.

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. Instead of relying on hand-based gesture controls every Prism will come with a controller you hold in your hand similar to the Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream controller.

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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. In the 1970’s scientists at the University of California popularized the term “brain-computer interface” or BCI , referring to a hardware and software system that uses brainwaves to control devices. 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.

Making AR Focals Functional and Fashionable, with North’s Stefan Alexander

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So originally when North was founded, it was actually called Thalmic Labs, and the product was a gesture control armband. You could make motions with your hand and it would detect your muscle movements and you could control computers, music, do presentation control. But one of the things that they were really passionate about was controlling heads-up displays like Google Glass, which had just come out at the time. The ring that controls your interface.

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.

Using XR to Change Everything (Without Changing Anything) with Lance-AR's Lance Anderson

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Alan: We've got to call out Microsoft on making videos that people will go, "We want that!". Lance: It was Microsoft, SAP did one in 2014. Hand gesture control, hand using hand gestures. So, yeah, we're gonna enable some gestures and it's super limited and all that stuff. I was in my friend's BMW the other day, and he was just swinging his hand around, changing the radio station, using gesture control.

Shaping the Digital World with Our Hands, with Clay AIR’s Varag Gharibjanian

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That’s why we need gesture controls ASAP, according to today’s guest, Clay AIR’s Varag Gharibjanian. Today we're speaking with Varag Gharibjanian, the chief revenue officer at Clay AIR, a software company shaping the future of how we interact with the digital world, using natural gesture recognition. Varag: So Clay is a software company, we're specializing in hand tracking and gesture recognition, mostly in the AR and VR space. And they're in app control as well, too.

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

EnterpriseWear

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.