Microsoft Wins Contract To Supply US Army With 120,000 HoloLens Headsets


The United States Army confirmed via an official statement yesterday that it has awarded Microsoft a contract to deliver 120,000 military-grade HoloLens AR headsets designed for use in a variety of combat scenarios. ” Image Credit: Microsoft.

How Microsoft Is Leading A War On Deepfakes


Microsoft’s new tool detects digital manipulation in real-time based on nearly invisible imperfections. That’s exactly what Microsoft is worried about leading up to this year’s monumental 2020 election. Image Credit: Microsoft.


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Microsoft Signs $22B Contract with US Army to Bring HoloLens 2 Tech to the Battlefield

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Following a prototyping phase started in 2019, Microsoft and the United States Army have announced they are moving to a production phase of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), based on HoloLens 2 technology, through a contract worth up to $22 billion. Image courtesy Microsoft.

‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ Will Receive VR Support This Fall, But There’s A Catch


Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed via a joint press briefing with developer Asobo Studio that Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 will in fact be receiving official VR support, beginning with the upcoming HP Reverb G2 later this year. Image Credit: Microsoft.

Unity Hires Dr. Danny Lange away from Uber to be VP of AI and Machine Learning

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Unity announced that it has hired Dr. Danny Lange as VP of AI and Machine Learning. He joins from Uber, where he was head of machine learning. At Uber, Lange led the efforts to build the world’s most versatile Machine Learning platform to support Uber’s hyper growth. As head of machine learning, Lange will lead Unity’s efforts around AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Machine Learning.

VR Now ‘Very High’ On Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Priorities


In an interview with Austrian newspaper Der Standard, the head of Microsoft’s upcoming Flight Simulator 2020 revealed that VR is now “very high” on the list of priorities. Microsoft Flight Simulator was announced at E3 2019, for Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Personalizing Learning with Data

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Microsoft’s latest acquisition shows how combining pedagogy and technology can dramatically improve learning outcomes. They will enter a workforce where job functions, roles and even categories will be significantly altered, and will face social and global challenges beyond what we can imagine today,” says Steve Liffick, General Manager of Education Strategy and Platforms at Microsoft. The post Personalizing Learning with Data appeared first on Tech Trends.

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It’s Time To Develop A Consent Framework For Virtual Beings


With innovations in the machine learning space, virtual beings can be given characteristics that are used to generate novel, unique responses, rather than predetermined, pattern-matched ones. A scan of Sir David Attenborough in a VR app (Image Credit: Microsoft ).

Microsoft Reveals Acer Mixed Reality Headset


Microsoft is showing some commitment to the idea of Windows Mixed Reality (formally known as Windows Holographic) with not just a single headset, but with five headsets. Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo are all on board with Microsoft to put mixed reality into the hands of the consumers when Microsoft launches Project Scorpio , a high-end, 4K capable version of the XBox One. All other developers can learn about the Windows Mixed Reality program here.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Won’t Support VR At Launch, ‘Maybe’ Later On


Microsoft’s upcoming next generation flight simulator will not support VR at launch, according to a YouTuber who was given hands-on access at a Microsoft hosted event. However, Microsoft did apparently tell the YouTuber, Pete Wright, that it would “maybe” come later on, as “perhaps a longer term goal” Microsoft Flight Simulator was announced at E3 2019, for Windows 10 and Xbox One.

The XR Week Peek (2020.09.28): The debate on Facebook continues, Microsoft acquires Zenimax, and more!

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Microsoft has acquired Zenimax for $7.5B. In-between the console wars, Microsoft has bought Bethesda’s parent company, Zenimax, for $7.5B. Microsoft has not announced a VR headset for the Xbox, but could it be interested in creating more VR games for PC? Learn more.

Microsoft Affirms New HoloLens Headset is in Development

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Despite some reports last year suggesting that Microsoft may have discontinued HoloLens, the company has affirmed its work on a new version of the AR headset. Image courtesy Microsoft. The company says that the new, custom, HPU chip will include an AI co-processor which is designed to efficiently run deep neural networks, which are algorithms for pattern recognition and machine learning (and potentially key to solving some of the biggest challenges facing AR today ).

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Support Confirmed For Fall, But Only On Reverb G2

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Great news; Microsoft Flight Simulator VR support has been confirmed, but only for one headset right now. Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Support Confirmed. Microsoft Flight Simulator VR support has been long requested by the community following the game’s reveal.

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.

If Skynet Takes Over, Try Writing ‘Robot’ on Your Shirt

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Microsoft Announces Siri Competitor with Voice-Activated VR Experience


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. This is a suite of innovations that tackle emerging AI issues like computer vision and machine learning. Microsoft itself is not necessarily building a product around the program.

Microsoft On Flight Simulator VR Support: ‘We Will Try Our Darnedest To Make It Happen’


In an interview with AVSIM , the Head of Microsoft’s upcoming next generation Flight Simulator stated that the team will “try our darnedest” to add VR support. Last week, we reported on Microsoft telling YouTubers at their preview event that the sim will not support VR at launch, but “maybe” later on. Microsoft Flight Simulator was announced at E3 2019, for Windows 10 and Xbox One.

AR Copy Paste Lets You Digitize Real-World Objects Using Your Smartphone


Brought to us by designer and programmer Cyril Diagne, AR Copy Paste is an app available on iOS and Android devices that uses a combination of AR and machine learning to capture digital clones of real-world physical objects and automatically isolate them from their surrounding environments.

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Five Ways VR Can Be Used In Modern Education


However, the process of their adaptation is rather slow, since the clumsy bureaucratic machines of schools and universities are not able to adapt to changes quickly. And this is exactly what we strive for in the learning process. EXPAND THE BOUNDARIES OF DISTANCE LEARNING.

Celebrate Labor Day by learning something new for only $15

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If you fall into the latter category, you’ll be happy to know there are 10 different e-learning bundles on sale for just $15 apiece. So, you can learn an entirely new skill set without breaking the bank on in-person courses. What do you want to learn about?

HoloLens 2: A Look into the Technology Powering Microsoft’s New MR Headset


Over three years ago, technology giant Microsoft released its mixed reality headset. Microsoft announced the second generation model earlier this year. In the intervening months, Microsoft released loads of promotional content about what the new HoloLens can do. Now that the MR headset is ready to ship, Microsoft published an article on how the HoloLens 2 does what it does. Becoming a mixed reality expert has a steep learning curve.

Master Microsoft Excel with these 10 training options on sale for as low as $2 per course

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Microsoft Excel is beyond essential in the workplace. Learn how to master this simple, yet incredibly useful tool with one of these course options on sale. The Premium 2021 Microsoft Excel and Data Certification Bundle. The Must-Have Microsoft Excel for Business Analysts Course.

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HoloLens 2.0 to Put a Custom A.I. Chip at the Heart of Its On-board Processor

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Microsoft has undoubtedly been working on the next version of HoloLens, the company’s AR headset, but now we know a little more about what’s going into the next iteration: a Microsoft-built custom AI chip designed to carry out low-latency computer vision tasks. Using a first-gen HoloLens hooked up to a PC containing the new AI coprocessor, Microsoft showed 3 complex hand-tracking models running contemporaneously. image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft reportedly reorganizing mixed reality staff


Microsoft is reorganizing its Windows Mixed Reality team, including combining its Everyday Magic and Evoke Studios into a new organization, with resultant job cuts. Pratley, who has worked for Microsoft since 1994, currently serves as the Corporate Vice President / Studio Manager responsible for Story Remix, a machine learning and AI-empowered app that creates stories from photos and videos.

Packaging the Future

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At a 1961 press conference in Switzerland, the company presented the first machine for aseptically filled bacteria-free milk, but they haven’t stopped innovating in the decades since, and are now at the forefront of implementing technologies that will enable it to continue to scale its global operations in a much smarter way. By connecting packaging lines to the Microsoft Azure Cloud, Tetra Pak can collect operational data to help predict informed maintenance timing Click To Tweet.

Conversational Gameplay & Interactive Narrative in ‘Starship Commander’

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Developer Human Interact announced this past week that they are collaborating with Microsoft’s Cognitive Services in order to power the conversational interface behind their Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, interactive narrative title named Starship Commander. Here’s a Trailer for Starship Commander: Here’s Human Interact’s Developer Story as Told by Microsoft Research: Support Voices of VR.

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Exclusive: First-Ever Impact Reality Summit Announces 2020 Lineup


Some of the biggest names in social impact will be in attendance, including: Participant Media, Conservation International, the Rainforest Alliance, Connect for Climate/World Bank, and the Milken Institute, as well as tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and Oculus.

HoloLens 2 Review: The Best In Class For AR, But…

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For instance, in the box I’ve found a cleaning cloth for an Oculus device… and I don’t think it actually comes with a Microsoft HoloLens! So, Microsoft has made whatever it could to make the limited FOV more acceptable and we have to appreciate that.

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A Mysterious 212-Story Citadel Reigns Over Melbourne in Flight Simulator

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Players have applauded Microsoft’s updated Flight Simulator for realistically recreating all of the splendor the planet has to offer—including 550 cities, nearly 197 square miles land and sea—using machine learning to model 3D structures via satellite imagery from Bing Maps.

Alex Kipman Nominated for Inventor’s Award

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The Brazilian-born inventor gets recognition for his groundbreaking work with the Microsoft Hololens. Kipman started his professional career at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, right after graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2001. Built-in machine learning and AI-algorithms enable the HoloLens to be contextually aware of its surroundings and interpret user commands Click To Tweet.

The XR Week Peek (2021.10.19): HTC launches Vive Flow, Magic Leap 2 announced, and more!

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HTC advertises it as a headset for relaxation and productivity because it wants to position it as a different product than a gaming machine like Oculus Quest 2. Microsoft X-Rings is a controllers that can change its shape. Donate to help her in this noble cause Learn more.

AR Copy Paste Uses AI To Transfer Real Objects Into Productivity Apps


Now a developer is using AI-backed phones to pull real-world objects into the digital realm, enabling users to instantly transfer physical items into professional apps, such as Adobe’s Photoshop , Microsoft’s Powerpoint , and Apple’s Keynote.

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This OpenAI GPT-3 Powered Demo Is A Glimpse Of NPCs In The Future

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The developer’s recent test using two state of the art machine learning services – OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model and Replica’s natural speech synthesis – is nothing short of mind-blowing.

Facebook’s Ray-Ban Smart Glasses Don’t Support AR, And That’s Okay


Using a combination of HDR and low light fusion, video stabilization, and denoising, Facebook and Ray-Ban promise high-quality images and video, enhanced even further by machine-learning technology.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.08.02): Facebook creates Metaverse group and prepares to launch its smartglasses, and more!

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If I had known people could like it, I would have not made it in 5 minutes with Microsoft Word, lol. VR is not the ultimate empathy machine. “VR Learn more. Learn more. Learn more. Learn more.

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AR Apps With Artificial Intelligence in 2021


Augmented reality apps are becoming more and more powerful with the help of artificial intelligence, which learns context and awareness about what you are trying to achieve. Artificial Intelligence is the use of machines, especially computer systems, to simulate human intelligence.

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Are Publishers Ready to go Virtual?

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Mark Christian’s job title is rather unique for his industry –Global Director of Immersive Learning – but when I met him at Pearson’s central London office he seemed somewhat bewildered by that: “I’ve actually challenged my competitors to show me where my peer is in their companies, but I don’t see them yet,” he tells me. it makes strategic sense that Pearson has partnered with Microsoft to develop content for the HoloLens Click To Tweet.