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.

Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2

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Microsoft debuts their latest mixed reality device at Mobile World Conference 2019. Over these past three and a half years, Microsoft has been listening to their customers, claims HoloLens inventor and Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman as he took his turn on stage.

Microsoft Remote Assist Now Available for Android in Preview

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Just weeks after revealing plans to port one of its most vital augmented reality products from HoloLens to the smartphone world, Microsoft has finally opened the mobile software floodgates to the public.

Outings Looks Like Microsoft’s Answer To Google Earth VR For MR

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Microsoft just launched a brand new app for its Windows VR and HoloLens headsets, but you’d be forgiven for missing it. Outings was released quietly onto the Microsoft Store yesterday. It’s a new take on Microsoft Garage’s mobile app of the same name, released in conjunction with a new software development kit (SDK). A quick glance invites comparisons to Google Earth VR. Art & Science Experiences google earth vr Outings

Microsoft Joins OpenXR, Becoming a Decisive Backer in the Open, Royalty-free VR/AR Standard

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Khronos Group , the consortium behind the OpenXR project which aims to standardize the way applications communicate with AR and VR headsets, just added Microsoft to its ranks. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed.

Microsoft Reveals ‘Maquette’, a VR Tool for Spatial Ideation and Design

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Microsoft Maquette is a brand new VR tool from Microsoft which is all about prototyping spatial designs. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Google, Facebook and Microsoft Line Up For VR Standalone Push

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Over the next two weeks we are expecting major announcements related to VR from Microsoft, Google and Facebook. Microsoft. Halo is coming to Microsoft-based immersive systems. Microsoft is also expected to roll out the Xbox One X in November. Google.

Report: Google is Developing a Standalone AR Headset to Rival HoloLens

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Google is allegedly developing a standalone augmented reality headset that aims to offer users a tethereless AR experience, German tech publication WinFuture reports. ” Image courtesy Google.

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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.

Microsoft May Leapfrog Facebook and Google in VR With HoloLens Tracking

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Microsoft’s play for command of next generation personal computing can be seen today with the announcement of a series of Windows-powered VR headsets starting at $300. This is not the case with the headsets on the way from Microsoft’s partners.

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. Microsoft sees the “intelligent cloud” as the backbone of this revolution.

Microsoft Just Bought VR Social App AltspaceVR

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Microsoft is rescuing the beloved VR social network. The Silicon Valley social VR startup that has taken us on a roller coaster ride of emotions over the past months has big news—AltspaceVR has been acquired by Microsoft. Microsoft’s lineup of VR headsets.

Vive, Google, Microsoft And More To Talk At VRX 2018

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The first batch of speakers, revealed this week, include Vinay Narayan; Vice President of Product and Operations at HTC Vive, Steven Kan; Head of Global Strategy for AR and VR at Google and Mike Pell; Envisioneer at Microsoft Garage. Tagged with: VRX Facebook Twitter Reddit More The post Vive, Google, Microsoft And More To Talk At VRX 2018 appeared first on UploadVR. Big speakers are being lined up for December’s VRX conference and expo in San Francisco.

Field in View: Valve, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Sony – Who Believes What’s Best For VR?

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Google. Though Oculus and Samsung’s Gear VR might have had a significant headstart , Google’s mobile VR ecosystem, Daydream is poised to lead the smartphone charge in the coming months. Microsoft. Tagged with: Daydream , facebook , google , oculus , sony , valve , VR.

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Microsoft is Bringing WebVR Support to Edge, Windows 10’s Default Browser

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Microsoft has announced plans to bring support for WebVR to Edge, which succeeds Internet Explorer as the default web browser in Windows 10. See Also: Microsoft ‘Holographic Shell’ Aims to Immerse You in Windows by 2017.

For Once, Microsoft Got The Jump On Google and Apple with HoloLens — Will It Last?

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In terms of the enterprise market, that pie will be smaller, but will lean even more heavily toward AR and MR. Currently, at the forefront of the MR revolution is the Microsoft HoloLens. Microsoft has uncharacteristically been early to market in this sector, with the HoloLens dominating almost all coverage of actual deployments of the technology. Tagged with: microsoft Facebook Twitter Reddit More. AR microsoft

Google Acquires Eye-tracking Company Eyefluence, Reportedly Building VR Headset With Tech

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A report from Engadget published yesterday maintains that Google’s secret standalone VR headset “will integrate eye-tracking and use sensors and algorithms to map out the real-world space in front of a user.” SEE ALSO Google Goes on VR Hiring Spree Amid Daydream Launch.

Microsoft Schedules VR Event For Early October

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It looks like we’ll be finding out a lot more about Microsoft’s plans for VR and more in a few weeks’ time. Mixed reality is Microsoft’s broad term encompassing everything from its HoloLens augmented reality device to the new virtual reality headsets it’s soon to launch in partnership with others. On October 17th Microsoft will launch its Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, which enables use of these new headsets on the operating system.

Microsoft Adds ‘Flashlight’ Camera Feature To Windows VR Headsets

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Headsets running Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, like those from companies such as Acer, Lenovo and Samsung, can access the new feature with the latest Windows 10 Insider build. From the Microsoft blog post linked earlier: You can open a portal into your real world at any time via the Start menu, a button shortcut, or a voice command. This “Mixed Reality Flashlight” looks like a good first step for Microsoft.

Google Tango’s Engineering Director on AR Capabilities Enabled by Depth Sensors

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Augmented Reality has played a huge role at the developer conferences for Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Google, which is a great sign that the industry is moving towards spatially-aware computing. A video of one of the Tango Demos at Google I/O.

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Microsoft Wants to Power Virtual Reality Headsets

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Microsoft unveiled their vision of a mixed reality world today at Computex in Taipei. . When Microsoft first announced their HoloLens augmented reality headset, they also showed off their Windows Holographic platform, which let developers build Windows 10 apps and experiences for the device.

The smartphone will eventually die, & Apple, Google, Microsoft, & Facebook are racing to.

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The smartphone will eventually die, & Apple, Google, Microsoft, & Facebook are racing to kill it @businessinsider [link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) July 22, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

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First Videos Of Google Daydream 6DOF Controllers In Action Arrive

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A few months back Google announced that it was developing a pair of six degree of freedom (6DOF) controllers to be used with the Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset. The device, which runs on Google’s Daydream platform, needs to be fitted with a new faceplate that allows for the controllers to be tracked without the need for external sensors. Other than those issues, though, it looks like a promising start for Google’s 6DOF controllers.

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Google ‘Foveated Compression’ Patent Filing Published

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Alphabet’s Google filed for a patent for a compression system specifically designed for frames produced by foveated rendering. The patent is seemingly based on a late 2017 paper from Google Research titled ‘Strategies for Foveated Compression and Transmission’ The project was led by Dr Behnam Bastani, who led Google’s entire VR rendering research effort. Google foveated rendering google

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Google Wants Everyone to Try Scribble Art in Augmented Reality

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

Microsoft Now Lets You Film Mixed Reality With HoloLens Hack

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Showing off what Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality can do is difficult without actually putting it on someone’s head, but the company’s new camera hack is providing a helping hand. Microsoft VR Industry News HoloLens mixed reality filming

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. Microsoft’s HoloLens is a $3,000 entirely self-contained wearable computer that delivers augmented reality (AR) rather than virtual reality (VR).

Microsoft Announces Siri Competitor with Voice-Activated VR Experience

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You may not be aware of this but for years now Microsoft has been steadily working to build the world’s smartest computer brain. Today, Microsoft is announcing Custom Speech Service, the latest program to join the ranks of Microsoft Cognitive Services.

Unity 5.5 Update Brings Microsoft Hololens Integration And More

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includes a collection of new enhancements and also now comes Microsoft Hololens ready. The engine’s compatibility with in-app purchases has also been expanded to include Cloud Mulah and Xiaomi in addition to platforms like Google Play, iOS, and Samsung. Tagged with: development , game engine , HoloLens , microsoft , unity. AR Development Mixed Reality development game engine HoloLens microsoft unity

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Khronos Group Would Welcome Input From Microsoft On OpenXR Standard

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” Will Microsoft Join The Effort? The current collection of partners is dominated by those more involved in VR, including names like Sony, Oculus, Google, and more. When asked if there were any specific entities missing that Khronos Group would welcome, Trevett immediately mentioned one of the biggest faces of AR: Microsoft. ” Tagged with: API , khronos , microsoft. AR Research VR API khronos microsoft

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Google’s 6DOF Controllers Shown With Trigger And Grip Buttons

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New photos of Google’s developer kit for 6DOF controllers show the complete button design, including trigger and a “grip” button right next to it. Google is currently accepting applications for the kit which comes with a faceplate for the headset that plugs into the side. Mirage Solo , which runs apps from the Google Play store, started shipping earlier this year with only a single pointer-only controller. VR Industry News google

Microsoft’s AR thrust is exactly what the market needs

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Holding it precariously so close to Google I/O, Microsoft’s own BUILD developer conference may have felt a bit more subdued, somber, and serious. Archive ar augmented reality Computing Microsoft Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality virtual reality vr Windows Holographic

Google Launching WebVR Support for Android Chrome in January, Desktop to Follow

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There, Google said that the company soon plans to ship a public version of Chrome on Android with support for WebVR 1.1. SEE ALSO Google Shows HTC Vive Running at 90 FPS in Chrome with WebVR. Google News Web VR Chrome google megan lindsay virtual reality web web vr webvr

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Microsoft HoloLens: Everything you need to know about the $3,000 AR headset

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Microsoft HoloLens, the company's holographic, augmented reality headset took us all by surprise when it was unveiled at a Windows 10 event at the beginning of 2015. When we first saw images of the HoloLens, we described it as "part Google Glass, part Oculus Rift, part helmet from RoboCop".

Pokemon Go On Microsoft Hololens!

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A more challenging thing is how to access the Google Maps API and enabling it within a running app. Looks like Pokemon GO is really going to push acceptance of AR. A team of developers with a Hololens dev kit were able to create a demo showcasing Pokemon GO as a Hololens App.

HoloLens 2 Hits the Ground as the U.S. Army’s Own AR “combat multiplier”

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Microsoft won a decisive $480 million defense contract with the U.S. We might not know what [the battlefield] looks like, but we can predict and take Google images and implement that into the IVAS. Army late last year to bring the company’s AR hardware platform to the battlefield.

The Ghost’s Spotlight: oVRshot, Microsoft Maquette and The Great C

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Microsoft Maquette. Microsoft Maquette is the ultimate VR tool by Microsoft to prototype fast in VR. It has a very clean interface that reminds a bit the one of another cool product used to create thing fast in VR: Google Blocks.

Microsoft aquires AltspaceVR

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AltspaceVR , the virtual reality social network that hosts events like stand-up comedy or presidential debate-watching parties, is now part of Microsoft. After a sudden shutdown due to a drop in funding in July, Microsoft obviously has now come to the rescue. Microsoft has no plans to kill off the AltspaceVR, or stop it working on rival VR platforms. AltspaceVR is available for Google Daydream, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR, but not Windows Mixed Reality.

SketchAR Brings AR Art To Microsoft’s HoloLens

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SketchAR has just hit Microsoft’s HoloLens headset for free. We can see SketchAR having a long life on plenty of other platforms like Google Tango and Apple’s ARKit too.

How To Watch Google’s I/O 2018 Keynote Live

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If Microsoft’s Build conference left you underwhelmed on the VR front yesterday then perhaps today’s Google I/O Conference will help make up for it. Tagged with: Google I/O Facebook Twitter Reddit More. Events Google I/O

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Community Download: Are Oculus and HTC The Apple and Microsoft of VR?

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For every Nintendo there is a Sega and for every Apple there is a Microsoft. There are a handful of major players already cutting their teeth in VR including Google, Sony and Samsung; but the two titans sitting at the top of the heap are Oculus and HTC. HTC/Microsoft .

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Microsoft has just what VR needsIn a move we should have seen.

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Microsoft has just what VR needs In a move we should have seen coming from a mile away, Microsoft announced that it will be opening up the Windows Holographic platform , which powers HoloLens, to other companies. vr virtual reality microsoft ar hololens augmented reality

How to enable WebVR in Google Chrome

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One of the biggest news of the last days is that finally, Google Chrome for Windows has added support for WebVR. And when the son of Microsoft Explorer gets functionalities faster than you, Google, you understand that something is not working as it should.

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