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Microsoft reveals the HoloLens 2, its new $3,500 holographic headset that seems to improve on the original in every way (MSFT)

It's official: This is the Microsoft HoloLens 2, the new version of 2016's groundbreaking holographic headset.  This new version will cost $3,500 when it's released later this year, but it'll only be available to businesses (at least, at first).  It fixes many of the biggest problems with the first — namely, it doubles the field-of-view, so there's a wider window in which you can see holograms.  We went hands-on with HoloLens 2 back in January, and found it to be futuristic and promising, but ...
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Say hello to Microsoft’s new $3,500 HoloLens with twice the field of view

Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its HoloLens ‘mixed reality’ headset at MWC Barcelona today. The new HoloLens 2 features a significantly larger field of view, higher resolution and a device that’s more comfortable to wear. Indeed, Microsoft says the device is three times as comfortable to wear (though it’s unclear how Microsoft measured this). HoloLens 2 will be available for $3,500 later this year. One of the knocks against the original HoloLens was its limited field of view. When w...
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Alex Kipman just hinted that Microsoft will announce a new version of HoloLens on February 24. Here's everything we know about it (MSFT)

There's a new hint that Microsoft will announce a new HoloLens at Mobile World Congress. Alex Kipman, the man responsible for the device, posted a YouTube video on Monday that seemed to tease the device. Here's everything we know so far about it. Microsoft's Alex Kipman, the man responsible for the HoloLens augmented reality device, posted a cryptic video to YouTube on Monday that gives a major hint that a rumored new version of the headset will be unveiled later this month. About a month ago...
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See this, Google? Microsoft happy to take a half-billion in sweet, sweet US military money to 'increase lethality'

Well at least someone's interested in buying Hololens Microsoft has signed a $480m contract to supply 100,000 HoloLens augmented reality headsets to the US military – literally doubling the number of HoloLenses that have been sold since its launch more than three years ago.…
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Microsoft is set to pour $5 billion into the IoT (MSFT)

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. Microsoft  revealed  last week that it plans to spend $5 billion over the next four years to develop new products and services for the IoT. With this initiative, the company will   develop products and services for three areas: IoT operating systems, cloud storage platforms, and AI-based analytics tools to derive ins...
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Microsoft Stops Making Motion-Tracking Kinect Device

Microsoft is ending production of Kinect, the motion-tracking device that captivated casual gamers when it was first released in 2010. Despite its early popularity with customers, the technology never caught on quite enough with game developers, and Microsoft slowly began to move away from the Kinect device. It was released during the age of Xbox 360 and continued to the Xbox One, but Microsoft in 2014 stopped requiring customers to buy the Kinect when they purchased a gaming console. In the n...
Tags: Microsoft, Cortana, Kinect, HoloLens Microsoft


Chatbots are coming to HoloLens – and they’ll help workers make better decisions

Soon conversational chatbots won’t just live in phones and computers, but assist industrial workers from within HoloLens. Microsoft is big on bots. Last year, during Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference, CEO Satya Nadella declared that “bots are the new apps” and the company followed suit. Microsoft launched its Microsoft Bot Framework, a platform where developers can find the tools to create conversational bots of their own. These bots can communicate with Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assista...
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Microsoft is working on an AI-powered chip for the next version of HoloLens (MSFT)

Microsoft is working on the second version of its HoloLens mixed reality headset, and on Sunday it announced that the new model will feature a co-processor powered by artificial intelligence (AI). The company decided to design (but not manufacture) its own chip — which follows the current Holographic Processing Unit — because it realised off-the-shelf components are just not powerful enough (or can't offer enough optimisation) for the kind of tasks a device like HoloLens is built for. The idea i...
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Microsoft’s HoloLens will come to China later this month

 HoloLens, Microsoft’s advanced “mixed reality” headset will launch in China later this month. The device, which started shipping to developers in the U.S. and Canada last year and has since expanded to nine countries in total, which China soon becoming the tenth. While some pundits expected that Microsoft would launch a new version of the HoloLens at its Build developer… Read More
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Why the creator of Microsoft’s craziest bet thinks its already winning the race to create tech that’s a bigger deal than smartphones (MSFT)

To hear Apple CEO Tim Cook tell it, augmented reality — the hot new technology for projecting digital images into the real world, Pokémon Go-style — is " a big idea like the smartphone." But to Alex Kipman, Microsoft Technical Fellow and chief inventor of Microsoft's pioneering augmented reality headset HoloLens, that's underselling it.  Augmented reality and virtual reality technology will have a far bigger impact than smartphones ever did, Kipman told Business Insider in an interview.  ...
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Lawsuit alleges billion-dollar startup Magic Leap is a hostile working environment for women

A newly filed lawsuit by a former Magic Leap VP alleges that the company is a hostile working place for women, a condition that has led to the company missing internal deadlines, according to the complaint. Tannen Campbell, whose lawsuit in Southern Florida District Court says she was a VP of marketing and brand identity, says in the complaint that she was hired by Rony Abovitz, the CEO by the Dania Beach, Florida-based company to "help with the pink/blue" problem, referring to the lack of women...
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Microsoft's futuristic HoloLens headset is one of the wildest bits of tech I've ever experienced (MSFT)

We're not in the future yet, but you can see it from here. Last week I had the opportunity to try out HoloLens — Microsoft's futuristic head-mounted computer. It's pretty wild. Not wild in the woah-this-game's-graphics-are-so-realistic-wild sense, or a this-computer-is-lightning-fast-and-responsive-wild. I mean jesus-christ-there's-robotic-scorpions-coming-out-of-the-goddamn-walls-wild. Yes, there are obvious limitations and flaws, and some boring caveats. But to put it plainly, it was unlike an...
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Microsoft starts selling its HoloLens in Germany, France, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand

 HoloLens, Microsoft’s $3,000 mixed-reality goggles (or “the world’s first self-contained holographic computer” in Microsoft’s parlance), was only available in the U.S. and Canada so far. Today, however, the company announced that it will also start selling the devices in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Preorders start today… Read More
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Pokémon Go success gives AR hype a boost

This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. The overnight success of Pokémon Go has given a boost to consumer awareness and excitement over augmented reality (AR), according to The Wall Street Journal. The game's players use their smartphones' geo-location feature as well as their phone cameras to find virtual Pokémon — little animated creatures — in various locations in their area in real time. Pokémon are ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Sony, Ar, MR, Margaret Boland, BI Intelligence, HoloLens Microsoft, BI Intelligence Business Insider


Microsoft adds Universal Windows Platform support to Facebook’s React Native

Microsoft and Facebook are announcing today that the Facebook-led React Native open-source software for native mobile app development is getting Universal Windows Platform (UWP) support. The new UWP development software is available now. But Microsoft will be sharing the code as part of the React Native project, said Christine Abernathy, developer advocate for Facebook’s open-source team, at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. “The new UWP support extends the reach of these native apps to a new...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Microsoft, Windows, Samsung, Open Source Software, Windows 10, Sdk, Dev, F8 2016, HoloLens Microsoft, UWP, Universal Windows Platform, Facebook 's React Native, Christine Abernathy, Eric Rozell


7 Things About the Microsoft Envision Conference

Microsoft’s major business-focused event for the year, Microsoft Envision, is taking place this week in New Orleans.  This was the first year for the event with Microsoft Envision 2016  held at the city’s Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Keynote speakers on the first day included Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, and Dan Schulman, the CEO of PayPal. Here are seven high points from the first day of the conference. Nadella Gives a Glimpse of What is Possible with Technology Nadella, in his o...
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Microsoft aims for the future of Win10 at Build event

One of the most anticipated topics for Build is Hololens, Microsoft’s cutting-edge augmented and virtual reality gear that’s still in development. The post Microsoft aims for the future of Win10 at Build event appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Microsoft starts shipping HoloLens to devs today

Microsoft is taking another step in building its holographic technology, the HoloLens. Announced at Microsoft Build in San Francisco, Microsoft’s Alex Kipman announced that the dev model would be shipped today to devs. The dev kit, which was announced last month, currently costs a hefty $3000. In addition to shipping the HoloLens, Microsoft is releasing its community-voted application — a tool called ‘Galaxy Explorer’ — on both the Windows Store and Github. So, developers who are interested in c...
Tags: Gadgets, Microsoft, San Francisco, Insider, HoloLens Microsoft, Alex Kipman, BUILD 2016, HoloLens Announced


Microsoft’s ‘holoportation’ with HoloLens is blowing my mind

You can do a lot of impressive things with HoloLens, Microsoft’s augmented reality (AR) headset. But there’s a new thing Microsoft Research’s Interactive 3D Technologies (I3D) team has developed with the HoloLens, and, uh, it’s crazy. A YouTube video posted yesterday shows people in two difference places teleporting into the same room using HoloLens and interacting with each other. Later, the video shows a person playing back the recorded footage that includes him and even miniaturizing the foot...
Tags: Business, Microsoft, Silicon Valley, Augmented Reality, HoloLens, Microsoft Research, HoloLens Microsoft, Gavin Belson, Hooli, HoloLens Development Edition


Microsoft will let you design a custom kitchen with HoloLens at some Lowe’s stores

Microsoft today unveiled its latest partnership around its HoloLens augmented reality headset. Lowe’s, a company with a chain of home improvement stores, will bring HoloLens into some stores in the Seattle area — that is, within driving distance of Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington — and allow shoppers to customize kitchens using holograms. “Lowe’s is using HoloLens to demonstrate a variety of design options for kitchen cabinetry, countertops, appliances and features like backsplashe...
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Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition up for pre-order at $3,000, shipping March 30

Months after introducing the HoloLens, Microsoft announced back in October last year that the Hololens Developer Kit will be available in Q1 2016 for $3000 (Rs. 20,4135 approx.), as promised it has started taking orders for the ...
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Microsoft is being super careful not to repeat the Kinect disaster with its futuristic HoloLens goggles (MSFT)

Microsoft is on track to release a $3,000 version of its super-futuristic HoloLens holographic goggles to app developers within the next few months.  But a full consumer version of the HoloLens is delayed indefinitely, HoloLens project head Alex Kipman said at last week's TED conference, as reported by Re/code.  The reason for this indefinite delay, at a time when competitors like Magic Leap or a revitalized Google Glass are nipping at Microsoft's heels? Kipman says he  doesn't want to repeat pa...
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The evidence is clear: Apple's next big thing will be virtual reality (AAPL)

What's Apple's next big product? A growing amount of evidence indicates that Apple is developing something with virtual-reality technology. The dream: to immerse viewers in a totally computer-generated world. VR has been a dream for futurists for decades, but the technology has never been good enough for it to take off. Apple releasing a product would obviously be a big deal for the industry. Apple is notoriously tight-lipped, but a project of this size is hard to keep under wraps.  Let's run do...
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