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. With the HoloLens 2, Microsoft has made what appears to be a more consumer-friendly device than its original predecessor – although the company themselves dare not utter the “c-word” just yet.

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. 3 (Tuesday morning) Microsoft will give one final overview of its mixed reality strategy before its manufacturing partners, later this month, start shipping inexpensive but surprisingly capable PC-based virtual reality headsets. Google. Google’s Daydream View.

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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

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Microsoft Edge vs. Google Chrome: Performance, design, security, and more

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Microsoft has completely revamped its Edge browser. Computing Browsers Chrome edge Google Microsoft webCan the new kid on the block compete against Chrome?

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter team up to fight election interference

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News Social Media breaking Facebook Google Microsoft TwitterBig Tech wants to make sure the election is secure this time.

Microsoft Is Shutting Down Its 3D Asset Platform, Remix 3D

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Microsoft is getting rid of its answer to Sketchfab and Google Poly early next year. ” Microsoft hopes to “streamline our offerings in this space” with this move. “Once the Remix3D.com site is no longer available, Microsoft will delete all user-generated 3D models and associated metadata from its systems,” the FAQ reads, “and users will no longer be able download it or request a copy of it from Microsoft.”

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. Announced at today’s Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco, AltspaceVR will be joining Microsoft as part of the family. The announcement comes as Microsoft prepares to launch its own VR and AR platform, called Windows Mixed Reality, on October 17.

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. The system is already used on the $3,000 HoloLens, an advanced augmented reality system, but with it employed on a low-cost VR headset Microsoft may have leapfrogged efforts by both Facebook and Google, powered by Windows. This is not the case with the headsets on the way from Microsoft’s partners.

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.

Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Now Available for Direct Developer Purchase

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Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, the company’s most recent smartglasses (or rather smart glass ), was only available to partner companies when it launched in May 2019. Now Google is allowing its third-party hardware vendors to sell the headset direct to developers. Now it seems the most recent version of Glass has fared well enough in the enterprise market that Google is now opening up sales to anyone with around $1,000. Image courtesy Google.

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Google Stadia vs. xCloud

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Google and Microsoft each have their own game-streaming service. But is Google Stadia better than xCloud? Buying Guides Gaming google stadia Project xCloud Tier 4 versus

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. Among its count of members, the OpenXR working group consisted of nearly every major player in the industry except Microsoft until now. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed. Microsoft Microsoft VR News Bits OpenXR khronos microsoft microsoft vr microsoft xr openar openvr

Developer Brings Google Lens’ AR Features To VR

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This past May during the 2019 I/O Developer Conference, Google unveiled several new features heading to their Google Search and Lens applications. These additions included 3D animated models accessible directly through Google Search, the ability to scan restaurant menus for additional information on recommended dishes, as well as automatic tip calculations. So I got google lens working in VR pic.twitter.com/rFCS7nUgbx — Phasedragon (@Phasedragoon) August 22, 2019.

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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. Now, if you have an ARCore-compatible smartphone, you can try out Microsoft's Android version of its Dynamics 365 Remote Assist app for HoloLens.

Mixer was a pawn in the high-stakes game between Microsoft and Google

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Microsoft is readying for the real boss battle in the video game industry. Gaming Google Microsoft Stadia Xbox Series X xCloud

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 Chrome Update Allows For More Powerful WebVR Experiences

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Last week Google launched the beta for Chrome 79, the latest update for its Chrome web browser. According to Google, this new-and-improved WebVR support will eventually make its way to Chromium-based browsers, including Oculus Browser, Microsoft Edge, Magic Leap’s Helio, and Firefox Reality. The post Google Chrome Update Allows For More Powerful WebVR Experiences appeared first on VRScout. With the Chrome 79 beta, WebXR Device API now runs by default.

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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. Google A65 is reportedly a collaboration between Google and the Taiwanese contract manufacturer Quanta, who built Google devices in the past, including the Pixel C Tablet. ” Image courtesy Google.

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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. Within that vision, Azure is being built as “the world’s computer,” a ubiquitous computing fabric that would allow Microsoft to meet the digital sovereignty and regulatory needs of their customers while delivering the benefits of innovation.

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 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. Maquette appeared quite suddenly this week, apparently without any official announcement from Microsoft; it seems to have been picked up by MSPoweruser after being spotted by twitter user WalkingCat. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft Store to Lead Industry in Revenue Share to non-Game VR App Devs

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Later this year, Microsoft is increasing the cut developers earn when publishing on the Microsoft Store. Microsoft says in a blog post that gaming apps won’t see the raise from the standard percentage, which at the time of this writing is a standard 70/30 split. SEE ALSO Microsoft Introduces New AR/VR Apps for Remote Assistance, Layout Visualization. Check out more details on the Microsoft blog post.

Google Sheets And Excel VR Spreadsheets Are A Thing Now

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If your dreams occasionally involve spreadsheets that extend endlessly in all directions, good news: Researchers have developed a virtual reality spreadsheet interface that could expand Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel files from flat screens into 3D spaces.

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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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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. They believe Microsoft’s tracking system in HP headsets will provide a generally superior experience at a much lower price to operators ($350K down to $200K). The stages will be brightly lit to assist with the on-board inside-out positional tracking provided by Microsoft’s Windows-based system.

Apple says cloud gaming apps like Google Stadia violate iOS app store rules

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Gaming News Apple Google google stadia Microsoft Project xCloud NvidiaThe company argues it needs to review each and every game before users play them.

Microsoft Edge Treating Browser Tabs as Separate Windows Is Oddly Exciting

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Even though Microsoft has been causing a lot of headaches lately with feature changes, bugs, and some other unnecessary tomfoolery, it seems like it will hit a few subtle home runs according to the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build.

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. Now Microsoft has announced that they want to be a major part of virtual reality too. The post Microsoft Wants to Power Virtual Reality Headsets appeared first on VRScout.

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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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.

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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Microsoft Discontinuing Major OS Updates for HoloLens 1

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With HoloLens 2 (hopefully) just around the corner, Microsoft has announced that it will no longer be providing any major operating system updates to the original HoloLens. Don't Miss: Startup Human Capable's 'Norm Glasses' AR Smartglasses Are Like Google Glass in a Regular Pair of Shades However, Microsoft isn't.

Editorial: Microsoft Partnering With Facebook Gaming Could Be Big For Xbox VR

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Earlier this week Microsoft revealed they were ending the Mixer streaming platform and partnering with Facebook Gaming instead. Microsoft’s Frustrating History With Xbox VR. ” See for yourself at this time stamp: There were promises of no exclusivity deals , stable 90fps for console VR , and Microsoft’s own Mixed Reality content getting brought over to Xbox VR. Microsoft’s Partnership With Facebook Gaming.

Microsoft Exec Peggy Johnson to Take Over as CEO of Magic Leap

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Peggy Johnson, Microsoft’s Executive VP of Business Development, is slated to take the reins as the new CEO of Magic Leap, effective August 1st. A recent $350 million funding round has ensured the company more runway as it no doubt strives to justify its already massive $3 billion funding, which has arrived from sources including Google, Alibaba, Qualcomm, AT&T, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, and Axel Springer. Image courtesy Microsoft.

3 Ways VR Could Make Microsoft Flight Simulator Even Better (And 1 Thing To Watch Out For)

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is out on PC today and, even without the impending VR support, it’s a true marvel. The camera in Microsoft Flight Simulator is a little bit of a fiddle, depending on your playstyle.

Google’s new Chrome add-on lets you create links to specific text on a web page

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It works on Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers. Computing News Google Google Chrome Microsoft Edge