OpenXR 1.0 Released, Microsoft Supports on HoloLens & WMR, Oculus Plans Rift & Quest Support

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It’s a major milestone, according to Khronos Group which has overseen development of the standard by a consortium of many of the biggest names in the AR/VR sector. Today the group announced the release of OpenXR 1.0, Khronos Group says that from 1.0 openxr working group

Khronos Group Would Welcome Input From Microsoft On OpenXR Standard

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During GDC 2017, Khronos Group unveiled OpenXR as the name for their VR/AR API standard that’s currently being developed. We reported on the announcement and broke down a bit of why this standard was something for the VR industry and community to get excited about, but we also got the chance to speak with Khronos Group president Neil Trevett to get some questions answered. The Khronos Group is hoping to be able to ship the API around GDC of next year.

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OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

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It’s backed by many of the biggest names in the VR and AR industries and has been in development by the consortium for two years now, organized by Khronos Group. The group today announced the ratification of OpenXR 0.9, Image courtesy Khronos Group.

Report: Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Set To Launch Next Month

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Executive Vice President of Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, Harry Shum, reportedly said as much on-stage at Shanghai’s World Artificial Intelligence Conference today. We have, of course, reached out to Microsoft itself to confirm whether or not this is true.

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. image courtesy Khronos Group. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed.

Microsoft Exec Confirms HoloLens 2 Set to Ship in September

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Microsoft has unveiled practically every detail of the HoloLens 2 except for when eager developers and enterprise customers can expect to receive the device.

Apple Developers Join The WebVR Community Group

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You could be on Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, on a PC, Mac, smartphone, or even a Nintendo Wii and you’re still gonna see the same website. Today, Brandon Jones from Google (who is one of the chairs in the official WebVR Community Group ,) noticed that developers from Apple have officially joined the group. In the Community Group there are 147 non-Chair participants as of the time of this writing.

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Microsoft Adds Spatial App Functionality to Office 365's Teams App, Android & Web Interaction Demoed

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Months ago, we showed you some of the powers of Spatial, the HoloLens app that allows groups of workers to collaborate in augmented reality using 3D avatars.

Apple Developers Join WebVR Community Group Shaping the Future of VR on the Web

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With Apple’s newly public interest in VR , developers from the company have join the W3C WebVR Community Group to have a say in the development of the WebVR standard. The post Apple Developers Join WebVR Community Group Shaping the Future of VR on the Web appeared first on Road to VR.

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Microsoft Launch HoloLens ‘Commercial Suite’, Declares it “Ready for Business”

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Microsoft have just launched a new HoloLens ‘Commercial Suite’ which packages the augmented reality visor as ready for business with numerous new features and benefits for business buyers. Securely distribute your enterprise software to selected group of enterprise users.

Microsoft Research Demonstrates VR Controller Prototypes With Unique Haptic Technology

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Microsoft Research has devised two novel methods for more realistic haptic feedback on virtual reality controllers. Microsoft Research’s new experimental controllers bring kinesthetics into the VR space, offering two types of force-feedback applied to fully-tracked motion controllers.

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A Microsoft HoloLens Mixed Reality Mannequin Challenge

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Microsoft just used their HoloLens for the first mixed reality Mannequin Challenge. Now the large corporation that is Microsoft is bringing us their own version of #MannequinChallenge but with their own unique twist. News Actiongram Augmented Reality HoloLens Microsoft

The Australian Air Force Is Now Testing the Microsoft HoloLens

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The Australian Air Force and Saab Australia are trialing the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset as the Australian military evolves into a “fifth-generation fighting force.” The post The Australian Air Force Is Now Testing the Microsoft HoloLens appeared first on VRScout.

Microsoft Fires Shots At Rift And Vive, Calls Them ‘Less Immersive’ Than Partner Headsets

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Microsoft had a big surprise for VR fans today, revealing a new range of VR headsets alongside its latest Windows 10 update. Not only are these devices cheaper than the Oculus Rift and Vive, but Microsoft says they’re better too. Microsoft htc microsoft oculus

An In-depth Look at Microsoft’s HoloLens & Mixed Reality Ecosystem

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Microsoft is taking a holistic approach with Windows Mixed Reality being baked into Windows 10, meaning that developers can create a single application that can run on the HoloLens, on one of their partner VR headsets, on a Surface tablet, or as a desktop app.

Funding Roundup: Intel acquires Voke VR, The Future Group Raises.

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Funding Roundup: Intel acquires Voke VR, The Future Group Raises $20M, ObEN nabs $7.7M Voke will become a part of a new division called Intel Sports Group, the company tells me. Before that, he worked for Microsoft as the tech director on HoloLens and Kinect.

Microsoft Gets Behind 3D format, GLTFIn a blog post, Microsoft.

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Microsoft Gets Behind 3D format, GLTF In a blog post, Microsoft announced that it is working on an open source 3D platform. The company says it has joined 3D Formats working group at Khronos to collaborate on its GL Transmission Format (glTF).

Pixvana Raises $14M Series A Investment for Cloud-based VR Video Platform

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We are thrilled to work with this amazing group of investors backing us, to realize our vision of XR storytelling,” said Forest Key, Pixvana CEO.

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Microsoft Shows AR/VR Concept That Could Revolutionize How We Work

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Microsoft owns the enterprise computing space. During the keynote address of its annual Build conference, Microsoft invited members of the Cirque du Soleil team up on stage. The members each donned a Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset and started showing the crowd how these products can be used in enterprise collaboration. The newcomer was said to be wearing one of Microsoft’s upcoming VR headsets rather than a HoloLens.

Microsoft: Mixed Reality Will Revolutionize Work Away From The Desk

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While virtual reality looks to break into the mainstream within the next few years, Microsoft is playing the long game with its mixed reality device, HoloLens, which is much further away from reaching the consumer market. When it does get here, though, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Windows and devices group Terry Myerson expects it to do big things for work away from the desk. Microsoft VR Industry News HoloLens

Microsoft Hires Head Of Marketing From Oculus In Mixed Reality Build Up

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Microsoft today revealed it hired Liz Hamren from Oculus to head up marketing for mixed reality as the company begins to build out its efforts beyond HoloLens into a broad range of devices including VR headsets. Hamren was the chief marketing officer at Oculus and joins Microsoft as corporate vice president of mixed reality marketing. She’ll be reporting directly to Yusuf Mehdi, the head of marketing for the Windows and devices group at Microsoft.

Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Strategy Driven By Pioneer Who Helped Launch VR’s Renaissance

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A pioneer who helped kickstart VR’s renaissance is driving the strategy for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, spanning both HoloLens and a collection of VR headsets rolling out later this year. We knew Mark Bolas, who ran the mixed reality lab at USC, took a position at Microsoft as the company built up its efforts in mixed reality, but we didn’t know precisely what he’d be doing. It will be his first public appearance since at Microsoft last year.

Microsoft’s 6DOF Controllers Are A Reference Design, Not A Product

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We still have a lot to learn about Microsoft’s six degrees of freedom (6DOF) controllers for its Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets, including going hands-on with them for ourselves. The devices we saw when Microsoft first introduced the controllers won’t be what we get as product, however. Nadia Steer-Mobley, Principle Programme Manager of the Windows Devices Group said as much on-stage at WinHEC last month. Microsoft VR Industry News

Microsoft ‘Holographic Shell’ Aims to Immerse You in Windows by 2017

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Nevertheless, this is part of what Microsoft is promising with its planned launch of Windows Holographic Shell which it’s promised will arrive in every Windows 10 installation via an update some time in 2017.

Our First Look At The US Army’s Controversial HoloLens AR Headset

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During November of last year, it was reported that Microsoft would be entering a $479M contract with the United States military to supply the Army with 100,000 modified HoloLens headsets. News AR Augmented Reality CNBC Microsoft Microsoft HoloLens 2 U.S.

GDC 2019: OpenXR Specification And API Released Publicly For AR And VR Devices

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The Khronos Group, which is releasing the standard for developer and industry feedback , is broadly supported by companies invested in AR and VR technologies. There is also a developer preview of the OpenXR runtime from Microsoft for VR headsets using its tracking technology. Competing proprietary standards don’t inspire confidence in the consumer to invest,” said Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Working Group. AR VR VR Industry News GDC Khronos Group OpenXR

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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. AR Development AR Headset Augmented Reality Microsoft Microsoft Hololens Military Applications News army hololens army hololens 2 army ivas hololens 2 ivas microsoft military ar military training ryan mccarthy us army

VR Headsets from ASUS, Dell, HP, and More Coming in 2017, Will Run on Intel Integrated Graphics

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Today at the Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Engineering Community event in Shenzhen, China, the company announced that VR/AR (mixed reality) headsets from top manufacturers are due to hit the market in 2017. Microsoft’s HoloLens of course will also be in the mix.

AltspaceVR Announces September 12th Oculus Quest Launch

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Microsoft’s flagship social VR platform brings its unique brand of events to the Quest. AltspaceVR, acquired by Microsoft in October 2017, has a been a beloved mainstay of the social VR space since its launch in 2015. Image Credit: AltspaceVR, Microsoft.

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NASA and Caltech Alums Raise $3 Million to Create The Microsoft Excel of VR

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Now, VR is conquering one more territory, big data, thanks to a new startup from a group of founders that include alums from NASA and the prestigious California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Scott Davidoff, manager of the Human Interfaces Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Big Business Moves into Blockchain: Acord, EY, Microsoft, Maersk

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ACORD Solutions Group , accounting giant EY, technology giant Microsoft and the Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company have combined to launch the world’s first marine insurance blockchain platform. A group of European insurance companies including Aegon, Zurich, Allianz and Swiss Re is looking into its use in reinsurance. The post Big Business Moves into Blockchain: Acord, EY, Microsoft, Maersk appeared first on VR World.

Microsoft Windows VR Headset Devices Coming in April 2017

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Microsoft product lineup surprised everyone today, but the biggest surprise was planned for VR fans. Not only are these devices cheaper than the Oculus Rift and Vive, but Microsoft says they’re better too. “These headsets will be the first and only to ship with inside-out, six degrees of freedom sensors,” said Terry Myerson, Executive VP of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft.

Addition of OpenXR Support in Oculus PTC Could Smooth Cross-Platform Development

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The industry is striving for ever greater openness and interconnectivity, hence why The Khronos Group and its affiliates began working on OpenXR. At present only Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality headsets support OpenXR.

VR at E3 2017: Microsoft Drops The Ball, Sony And Bethesda Scoop It Up

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It was Microsoft that dropped the ball the hardest. This time last year Microsoft was telling us that the console, then codenamed Project Scorpio, would be capable of high-fidelity VR. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has been telling press that he doesn’t get a lot of requests for VR – or, in Microsoft’s puzzling dictionary, mixed reality – in the living room, with the company instead squarely focused on delivering the tech for PCs with its OEM partners right now.

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Microsoft Finalizing Its HoloLens, VR Headset Specifications

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In just a few days time, Microsoft will host WinHEC , its annual hardware / platform conference. Intel has 600 people here working on hardware form factors, while the similar story is with Microsoft and a few other known global players. Microsoft is not playing such tricks. This way, Microsoft will one-up the competitors from Sony, who only support their own PlayStation VR platform. Terry Myerson is the Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group.