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.

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

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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.

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How Microsoft Is Leading A War On Deepfakes

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Microsoft’s new tool detects digital manipulation in real-time based on nearly invisible imperfections. It’s likely you’ve seen this technology used before. That’s exactly what Microsoft is worried about leading up to this year’s monumental 2020 election.

Engaging Audiences With Immersive Technology

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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. The grants are being put forward by the Knight Foundation for ideas that demonstrate the ability of immersive technologies, such as virtual and mixed reality, to strengthen audience engagement. The post Engaging Audiences With Immersive Technology appeared first on Tech Trends.

Microsoft to Expand Azure Kinect’s Computer Vision Tech to Commercial Market

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The technology behind Microsoft’s enterprise-focused computer vision camera, the Azure Kinect developer kit , will soon find its way into commercial products. Image courtesy Microsoft.

NVIDIA CloudXR is Launching on Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and AWS

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NVIDIA is continuing the rollout of its CloudXR technology on the three leading cloud computing platforms: AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. The post NVIDIA CloudXR is Launching on Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and AWS appeared first on Road to VR.

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. SEE ALSO Microsoft Details HoloLens Streamable Live Action Video Recording Technique.

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No, Microsoft Is Not Working On VR For The Xbox Series X

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Earlier this week, select Xbox users in Italy were treated to a series of surprise messages referencing an update for a VR headset which has since resulted in an avalanche of rumors and speculation surrounding Microsoft’s current VR efforts. Feature Image Credit: Microsoft.

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.08): Microsoft launches Mesh, HTC and Pico tease new hardware, and more!

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Microsoft announces Mesh, an XR collaboration platform. Alex Kipman promised us a Microsoft Ignite conference with an amazing level of immersion , and he kept his word. But since Microsoft owns one of those studios (and using it costs around $100K/day if I remember well!),

Fighting COVID-19 with Technology

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The technology industry has a vital role to play, pushing innovations to help us all tackle what are sure to be more difficult times ahead. Even the likes of Skype and Teams cannot interconnect irrespective of the fact that they’re both Microsoft products.

Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2

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Microsoft debuts their latest mixed reality device at Mobile World Conference 2019. The first time I tried the HoloLens I knew I was experiencing the first generation of a game-changing technology. 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 states they’ve more than doubled the field-of-view on the HoloLens 2.

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. What’s even more thrilling for them is the development of holographic technology they all marveled at in the Star Wars series.

Inside Microsoft Mesh, What Is It and How Does It Work? We Have the Answers

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When Microsoft unveiled Mesh a couple of weeks ago, the move revealed a major part of Microsoft's next steps toward dominating the augmented reality space, particularly with regard to enterprise customers.

Microsoft Edge Adds a Kids Mode for Parents Worried About Their Shared Devices

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In Microsoft’s ongoing endeavor to convert people to its rebooted Edge web browser , it’s launching a new Kids Mode that makes it easy for parents to control how their children surf the web.

Microsoft’s ‘DreamWalker’ Turns Everyday Commutes Into VR Walking Experiences

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Earlier this week during the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software & Technology in New Orleans, Microsoft unveiled a prototype system that uses a combination of VR, GPS-based inside-out tracking, and pre-authored digital worlds to create dynamic VR experiences layered over actual walking routes located throughout the real-world. “To Image Credit: Microsoft Research. Image Credit: Microsoft Research. “We Feature Image Credit: Microsoft Research.

The Latest Microsoft Hack Looks Like It Could Be Huge

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Microsoft announced this week that another one of its email products, Exchange, had been compromised by a hacking campaign. This recent hack is actually totally unrelated to the “SolarWinds” one, in which Microsoft has also played an outsized role.

Microsoft is launching new technology to fight deepfakes

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Microsoft, however, has other ideas. On Tuesday, the company announced two new pieces of technology, both of which aim to give readers the necessary tools to filter out what's real and what isn't. More about Microsoft , Deepfakes , Tech , and Big Tech Companies.

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. The Microsoft HoloLens 2 Developer Edition will include the latest HoloLens headset alongside $500 in free Azure credits plus a three-month trial of both Unity Pro and PiXYZ plugin. Image Credit: Microsoft.

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

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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.

Microsoft Announces the Next Subscription-Less Versions of Office

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Microsoft has announced an update to its productivity suite, Office 2021, for consumers along with a variant specifically geared toward businesses, Office Long Term Servicing Channel.

Augmented Reality and Hearables: Where the Two Technologies Meet

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Hearables with augmented reality features are becoming ubiquitous thanks to the overall spread of wearables, the contribution of tech giants, and the growing demand for emerging technologies. From a technical standpoint, simultaneous interpreting relies on multiple technologies.

Newly Revealed Microsoft Patent Points Towards HoloLens 2

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Microsoft is set to announce their HoloLens 2 in February. Do these patents show the future of Microsoft’s AR device? There’s currently a lot of discussion surrounding Microsoft’s HoloLens 2, which is rumored to be making its unveiling at Mobile World Congress in February. We don’t know too many of the details around the device as of yet, but one thing is for sure, Microsoft’s next iteration of AR headset technology is definitely on the way.

Inside Microsoft Mesh, What Is It & How Does It Work? We Have the Answers

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When Microsoft unveiled Mesh a couple of weeks ago, the move revealed a major part of Microsoft's next steps toward dominating the augmented reality space, particularly with regard to enterprise customers.

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. For larger companies looking to connect their entire team with HoloLens 2 headsets, Microsoft is offering a package that includes Dynamic 365 Remote Assist on each MR headset at the cost of $125 per user – per month. Image Credit: Microsoft. Image Credit: Microsoft.

Microsoft & Niantic Show Off Multiplayer ‘Pokémon Go’ Prototype on HoloLens 2

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If you’ve been dreaming of a proper immersive AR experience from Pokémon GO , you’ll be happy to know that Microsoft and Pokémon Go developer Niantic are experimenting with the idea. “Microsoft Mesh offers a whole new way of doing that.

U.S. Army To Receive 100,000 Microsoft HoloLens Headsets

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Microsoft lands $479M contract to put the MR headsets into the hands of soldiers in active combat zones. Army thanks to a huge $479 million contract between the legendary military branch and Microsoft. According to a Bloomberg article, Microsoft HoloLens technology will be used to increase the lethality of soldiers by enhancing their ability to detect, decide, and engage the enemy. Army would expect all 100,000 HoloLens devices from Microsoft.

Microsoft Is Reportedly in Talks to Scoop Up AI Firm Nuance Communications for $16 Billion

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Microsoft is in advanced talks to acquire Nuance Communications, an artificial intelligence firm whose speech recognition tech helped develop Apple’s Siri virtual assistant , for as much as $16 billion, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Ukrainian Military Testing Microsoft HoloLens for Battle

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The Microsoft HoloLens could be heading to the battlefield soon. Microsoft has already shown their “mixed reality” headset’s applications in medicine, architecture, space , and now, soldiers in the Ukrainian military may begin wearing the device. The technology, developed by Ukrainian company Limpid Armor , gives commanders a 360-degree thermal and optical view of a tank or armored vehicle’s surroundings.

Toyota Looks To Improve Their Kaizen Philosophy With Microsoft HoloLens

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Toyota expands the use of AR technology within its design and production departments. So, it would make sense that Toyota would look at any process or technology to explore new ways to better themselves as a company. 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.

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). Its goal is to be a platform to explore XR technology and encourage employees to develop and launch new and innovative ideas. 2017 was a busy year for Microsoft and Mixed Reality. Believe it or not, even though Microsoft is, well, Microsoft–not every employee has actually had a chance to experience AR or VR.

Mesh Is Microsoft’s Vision for Sending Your Hologram Back to the Office

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Today at Microsoft’s annual Ignite conference , the tech giant revealed a bold glimpse at the future of digital collaboration with Mesh , a new mixed reality experience set to shape how people work and socialize online.

Why You Should Ditch Google Chrome For Microsoft Edge

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But Chrome has some issues, and now that Microsoft is back with a rebooted version of its Edge browser—based on the same Chromium code as Chrome—it might just convince… Read more.

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. This news comes right after an extra special advertisement aired by Microsoft during this year’s NBA All-Star game. Of course this means loads of Microsoft devices from the Surface Studio, Dial and Pen, to the infamous Kinect.

Microsoft Employees Aren’t Happy About $479M HoloLens Military Contract

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The companies CEO & President stand by their decision to license HoloLens technology to the US military. Last week a collection of Microsoft employees penned a letter to the companies CEO, Satya Nadella, and its president, Brad Smith, expressing their open discontent regarding a $479M contract with the United States military that would introduce roughly 100,000 HoloLens MR headsets to the battlefield. — Microsoft Workers 4 Good (@MsWorkers4) February 22, 2019.

How Microsoft's Quantum Boast Went Bust

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Microsoft is an outlier among the companies investing in quantum computing research.

The New Microsoft Surface 4 Embraces Both Intel and AMD

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Microsoft’s Surface 4 laptops are finally here, and compared to its Surface 3 options, the company has expanded the number of available options—yes, that includes AMD-based models, as previous rumors suggested.

Microsoft Hires Apple 5G Chief To Develop New HoloLens And AI Products

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Now Caballero has joined Microsoft, his LinkedIn page confirms (via Bloomberg ), and his new role could be significant: He left Apple during its 5G modem development drama, and is likely to bring significant cellular and related wireless expertise to his new employer.