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Microsoft HoloLens: 10 Ways It Has Evolved

It has been more than one year since Microsoft announced its foray into augmented reality with HoloLens. Here's a look at how its strategy has changed over time.
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In January 2015, Microsoft surprised a room full of people at its Windows 10 launch event when it unveiled HoloLens. This marked the start of Redmond's foray into augmented reality technology.

The augmented reality headset lets users view and interact with digital images overlaid on real-world objects. Its applications range from productivity and workplace collaboration to gaming and entertainment.

HoloLens runs a version of Windows 10 designed to enable mixed-reality experiences. This edition contains perception APIs and a holographic shell and interaction model so wearers can interact with holograms using voice, gaze, and touch communication.

Microsoft isn't the only major tech company experimenting with mixed-reality technology.

[Read: 9 Ways VR Video Gaming Is Getting Very Real]

Google is planning to build a VR device that, like HoloLens, won't require a PC, smartphone, or console. Apple recently added to its staff of VR and AR specialists by hiring Doug Bowman, who formerly researched interactive computing at the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech.

This past week, Microsoft announced plans to open its Windows Holographic operating system to outside vendors building mixed-reality devices. It says it hopes by giving manufacturers and designers access to the OS, it can enable customers to eventually communicate across platforms.

While we may not see the results of this announcement for a while, Microsoft's intentions mark a big step forward for its mixed-reality strategy. Here we take a look at how HoloLens and Redmond's approach to augmented reality have evolved since January 2015.

How do you think the future of mixed reality will unfold? Do you think Microsoft has potential to become a market leader in this space? How do you think a device like HoloLens would change the way you live and work? We'd like to learn your thoughts in the comments.

(All images: Microsoft)

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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Technocrati
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6/8/2016 | 8:32:41 PM
HoloLens and Conference Calls

"...HoloLens has the potential to make conference calls not only more efficient, but even enjoyable."

 

This statement assumes that one wants to be part of the conference call in the first place.   With the current technology one can hide their displeasure with this often "time wasting technique" but thanks to Microsoft even that will be a thing of the past.  

So if you don't really want to attend a conference call, in a post HoloLens World - it will be best to get locked in a closet beforehand.

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6/8/2016 | 8:20:47 PM
Microsoft: A Leader in the VR Space ?

Do you think Microsoft has potential to become a market leader in this space?

 

Not sure if Microsoft has the potential to become a market leader but they are known to throw money at sectors they want to own, so this will be no different.

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6/8/2016 | 8:14:47 PM
Coming to Terms With Reality Before We Virtualize it......

I used to be very excited about VR and I still am to a certain extent, but I see a World that has trouble with dealing with reality so I am not so excited about virtualizing it .  

 

Rumor has it Microsoft wants to be the OS of VR.   Of course they do and I am not excited about that either.

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6/6/2016 | 7:41:53 AM
Very telling video
The recent trailer for the Hololens was very telling about its plans for VR integration, which I found very interesting. Microsoft is clearly partnering up with Oculus in a number of ways - including its controller in with the base kit, and possibly even supporting it with the Xbox Scorpio.

And yet, which VR headset showed up in the Hololens video? The Vive.
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