Engaging Audiences With Immersive Technology

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“In what new ways might arts institutions engage audiences through immersive experiences?”. There is $750,000 in funding on offer by the Knight Foundation for ideas that demonstrate the ability of immersive technologies such as VR and AR to strengthen audience engagement Click To Tweet.

Report: Immersive Experiences in Education

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Humans are essentially programmed to learn best through experience, and that is just what immersive technologies enable: we’re not just learning it, we’re living it. Test scores among students using immersive technologies improved by as much as 22%.

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Creating Immersive Learning Experiences

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The benefits of using immersive technologies as teaching tools have been widely documented and extensively discussed, specially in recent years with the rapid development of Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed reality hardware and applications.

Microsoft’s SharePoint Spaces Collaborative Tool Is Coming This Year, Including Quest Support

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Microsoft has revealed that its file sharing and digital collaborative work platform, SharePoint, is getting a VR Maker Tool later this year, dubbed SharePoint Spaces. Immerse yourself in mixed reality, focus your attention, engage your senses, and spark your curiosity and imagination.

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

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.

Hands-On: Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Is A Serious Improvement, Pre-Orders Now Shipping

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Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 has officially begun shipping to pre-order customers at the cost of $3,500. It’s not perfect, but Microsoft’s next-gen MR headset has set a new standard for MR headsets. Image Credit: Microsoft. Technical Advisor at Microsoft, while speaking to VRScout.

Microsoft Partners With Unity On HoloLens 2 Development Edition

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Following the announcement of the Microsoft HoloLens 2, Unity has revealed a new partnership with the US-based multinational technology company to release a developer-focused version of the upcoming mixed reality headset. Image Credit: Microsoft.

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Microsoft Partners With VictoryVR To Bring A VR Curriculum To Schools

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Microsoft is continuing to explore what its new mixed reality platform can do for education. As part of the deal, Microsoft is offering 25 hours worth of free VictoryVR content to schools that purchase a Windows VR headset. Microsoft VR Industry News education microsoft VictoryVR

Knight Foundation Offers $750K in Grants for Immersive Tech in the Arts

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The Knight Foundation, focused on journalism and the arts, is opening a call-for-ideas from creatives and organizations using immersive technology to bring art to their audiences. How can we use immersive tech to expand the reach of the arts beyond physical locations?

Microsoft Garage Launches Reality Room For Employees

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The Garage Reality Room is a place where Microsoft employees and volunteers can learn, experiment, and hack on XR (Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality). 2017 was a busy year for Microsoft and Mixed Reality. News HoloLens Microsoft Microsoft Garage Reality Room

Microsoft Confirms Follow-Up To HoloLens Mixed Reality Headset

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HoloLens enters spotlight with new updates from Microsoft and a new ad featuring actor/rapper Common. Despite having released a developer edition all the way back in 2016, the Microsoft HoloLens has remained a relatively niche device.

Microsoft ‘DreamWalker’ Experiment Takes First Steps into Always-on World-scale VR

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Microsoft unveiled an experiment this week that explores the future of always-on virtual reality. DreamWalker: created by Microsoft researchers Jackie Yang, Christian Holz, Eyal Ofek, Andrew D. Wilson, Image courtesy Microsoft Research.

Breaking Barriers Through Immersive Technology

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Baby boomers are thrilled that the fictional Holodeck from Star Trek is now a real and functional immersive technology. Remote workers use a Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset to teleport their presence and interact with others.

Microsoft Affirms No Plans for VR on Xbox Consoles

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” Now, it appears, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer for gaming Mike Nichols has put a final nail in the Xbox One VR coffin in a recent GamesIndustry.biz interview, saying the company doesn’t have “any plans specific to Xbox One consoles.”

Microsoft Shows Windows in VR, Gives Acer VR Headset to Vision Summit Audience

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Brandon Bray, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, took the stage at Unity’s Vision VR/AR Summit 2017 to show a little more of what Microsoft has planned for the VR side of things when the first Windows Holographic headsets come later this year.

Microsoft Files Patent For VR Mat With Haptic Feedback And Pressure Sensors

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Could Microsoft’s high-tech floormat be the future of at-home 4D entertainment? This could allow the system to generate a custom experience based on your movements, further immersing you in the experience by simulating a potentially endless VR environment. .

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Microsoft Files ‘Virtual Reality Floor Mat’ Patent, Possibly Aimed at an Xbox VR Headset

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A Microsoft patent application for a ‘virtual reality floor mat’ describes a special mat which defines a virtual playspace and can be used for tracking. Microsoft’s virtual reality mat patent application is a curious one. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft Shows Off Rare Images of Early HoloLens Prototypes

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All those early prototype images Magic Leap is so fond of showing off are great, but they rank a far second when compared to a new set of images just revealed by Microsoft in relation to the HoloLens. 2015 and kick off the next phase of immersive computing in.

Toyota Looks To Improve Their Kaizen Philosophy With Microsoft HoloLens

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Toyota plans on using Microsoft’s HoloLens and AR technology as part of their kaizen philosophy in hopes of giving themselves a boost in efficiency and assistance them overall in how they operate as a company. News AR Augmented Reality Microsoft HoloLens Toyota Toyota Way

Microsoft Reveals VR Headsets Coming From Top Manufacturers, Starting at $299

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The number of big-name manufacturers getting into VR is going to increase substantially with the entry of Microsoft VR hardware partners, revealed on stage today at Microsoft’s hardware-focused event.

Microsoft: VR Headsets ‘Didn’t Meet High Expecations’

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A Microsoft representative said its line of Windows VR headsets has not performed to expectations. Greg Sullivan, director of communications for Microsoft’s Mixed Reality arm, said in an interview with UploadVR: “Interestingly, the immersive VR headsets were pitched as consumer devices and I think did not meet, in general, the high expectations that were set for them there,” he said. Despite the slow start, Sullivan insisted Microsoft remained committed to VR.

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.

HP Teases New VR Headset Designed In Collaboration With Microsoft & Valve

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The company promises “a more immersive, comfortable and compatible experience” than the Reverb. With all the hype surrounding yesterday’s release of Half-Life: Alyx, many may have missed HP’s announcement regarding a mysterious new VR headset built in partnership with Microsoft and Valve Corporation. Feature Image Credit: HP, Microsoft, Valve Corp. News Half-Life: Alyx HP HP Reverb HP VR Headset Microsoft Steam steamvr Valve Valve Corp.

Microsoft Reveals Asus Mixed Reality Headset, New Design from Dell

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Today at Computex 2017, the annual IT expo held in Taipei, Taiwan, Microsoft revealed more from their line-up of affordable Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ headsets, including Asus’ headset and an updated design from Dell.

Microsoft Patents Mixed Reality Wand for HoloLens

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Microsoft has patented wand controllers for use with HoloLens. 2017 has been a big year for Microsoft in Mixed Reality. Microsoft Patent: Augmented reality input device [link] pic.twitter.com/TIz7KeTBbt.

Grasp, Touch & Trigger In VR With Microsoft’s CLAW

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Earlier this month Microsoft showcased their latest ‘Haptic Link’ technology, creating a brand new solution for the realistic sensation of tension and pressure whilst immersed in VR. So what exactly does this mean in terms of more immersive VR experiences?

Microsoft’s Xbox VR Headset Put On Hold – Report

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A new report from Cnet claims what we’ve long suspected; Microsoft’s Xbox VR headset has been put on ice. The tech site cites sources familiar with the matter in saying that Microsoft was indeed working on a VR headset for its Xbox One console and had even partnered with a few developers to bring games to the system. Plans for a release were apparently put on hold in order to wait for better technology that could deliver a much more immersive experience.

Microsoft Introduces HoloLens Mixed Reality To The Job Site

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Microsoft teases practical MR worker tools for Hololens at 2018 Build Developer Conference. I was trying out the Microsoft Remote Assist feature, a HoloLens app (although the functionality also works on PCs. Image Credit: Microsoft Build.

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.

Microsoft Could Reveal HoloLens 2 At Mobile World Congress

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Microsoft sent out invites to journalists today for a press reception at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. MWC is the last week of February and the Microsoft event will be held ahead of the conference on Sunday, February 24 at 8 am Pacific (5 pm Central European Time). It’ll be hosted by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, CVP Julia White and Technical Fellow Alex Kipman. AR HoloLens 2 microsoft

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’s ‘Haptic Links’ Bring A New Level Of Realism To VR

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Could one of these intuitive prototypes deliver the immersive haptic feedback users have been clamoring for? . Allowing users to interact with the virtual world using their own two hands is a key component in truly selling an experience and immersing participants.

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Microsoft Has No Plans For ‘Xbox Consoles In VR’

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Microsoft’s messaging around VR on Xbox has been confused to say the least, having introduced its Xbox One X console to the world in 2016 stating that it would support “high fidelity VR”, then promising that ‘Mixed Reality’ experiences would come to the console this year. ” It’s definitely a shame to see Microsoft backing out of console VR after appearing so bullish on it just two years ago. Microsoft VR Industry News microsoft xbox

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.

Halo VR Is Coming From Microsoft And 343 Industries

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Microsoft confirmed today it is working with 343 Industries to bring its epic Halo series to its Windows Mixed Reality platform. Microsoft continues to use the term “Mixed Reality” to refer to the entire spectrum of immersive gadgets.

Will Mixed Reality as a Service be a Game Changer for Microsoft?

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The new HoloLens subscription service could prove a catalyst for SMEs to embrace immersive technology. Out of the 39 markets where the HoloLens is available globally, 29 are in Europe, so it makes sense that Microsoft has chosen to pilot this new model in the region.