Microsoft HoloLens Is Headed to 29 New Markets

Microsoft HoloLens Is Headed to 29 New Markets

As demand for mixed reality grows in the modern workplace, Microsoft has announced that it has brought its mixed reality smart-glass HoloLens to 29 new European markets.

At the Future Decoded event in London on Wednesday, Microsoft outlined its vision for mixed reality in front of over 15,000 IT and business decision makers who came to talk about current and emerging trends happening at the intersection of business and technology.

“We shared how technologies like Microsoft 365, Microsoft HoloLens, Windows Mixed Reality, and 3D are helping companies, Firstline Workers, and Information Workers become agents of change in the modern workplace and digital transformation,” said Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Experiences, in a blogpost.

She said that mixed reality empowers people and organisations to achieve more and the experiences would help businesses and their employees complete crucial tasks faster, safer, more efficiently, and create new ways to connect to customers and partners.

“The era of mixed reality will serve as a catalyst for innovations in the workplace and we expect ‘Firstline Workers’ and ‘Information Workers’ to benefit significantly from solutions that blend our physical and digital reality,” she said.

With mixed reality, workers can change the content, the people, or even the location of a meeting, in a matter of seconds.

Mixed reality delivers interfaces that help workers act upon data generated from instrumented/intelligence devices, and connect seamlessly with others across physical space.

To make innovation easy and address growing demand for mixed reality solutions around the world, Microsoft said HoloLens is now coming to 29 new European markets, bringing the total number of HoloLens markets to 39.

“We are also working to bring some of the most-asked-for software updates for HoloLens to our existing customers. We are committed to delivering an update to existing customers sometime early next year,” she said.

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Microsoft HoloLens: A Fully Untethered Holographic Computer

Microsoft announced some big things at its Windows 10 preview.

New features offered by Microsoft’s latest operating system and flashy tech were highlights of the preview, but possibly the most eye catching announcement was HoloLens. Microsoft is calling this new product a fully “untethered” holographic computer.

This holographic computer looks nothing like the traditional computer with flat screen and keyboard leashed or connected to it. Instead HoloLens is in the form of goggles worn on the head. Microsoft is saying its new product will have no wires, no external cameras, no markers, and no connections to phones or PCs needed. This is what they mean by “untethered,”

The ‘screen’ is the space around you, seen through transparent glass lenses. Instead of a mouse, HoloLens is controlled by a combination of gestures and voice commands. It’s a new way of looking at computing.

HoloLens will not be displaying holograms in the classic sense. There will be no 3D images popping up in the middle of the room.

Instead, what is does is beam light straight into the user’s pupils. Only the wearer can see what’s being displayed. What makes HoloLens unique is that while the wearer can see what is being displayed, they can also see their natural surroundings.

Microsoft is claiming HoloLens takes technology and makes it more personal and interactive.

To make HoloLens work, Microsoft says it had to go beyond the GPU (graphical processing unit) and CPU (central processing unit). HoloLens has both of these, but it also requires a third processing unit called the HPU. That’s holographic processing unit.

Microsoft boasts that its new HPU processes terabytes of information gathered in real time from HoloLens’ many sensors. Capturing and tracking a user’s eye movement, gestures, and voice, there is no delay in response to commands it receives. It can reportedly spatially map your surroundings to display holograms on real world objects.

It’s debatable whether what HoloLens does can be considered actual holograms. A better way to reference it might be augmented reality. Whatever you choose to call it, HoloLens is a fascinating concept. There is no telling how well the finished product will work or how useful it will be.

Check out Microsoft’s video demo of HoloLens below:

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Microsoft HoloLens Now Available For Pre-Orders in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK

Microsoft HoloLens Now Available For Pre-Orders in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK

Microsoft HoloLens Now Available For Pre-Orders in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK
HIGHLIGHTS
It is now available in a few European markets
Australia and New Zealand are also among the new countries
HoloLens is the world’s first “self-contained holographic computer”
Microsoft stepped into the domain of mixed reality and holographic content with HoloLens back in January 2015. This year in March, Microsoft started shipping the developer edition of its HoloLens headset in the United States and Canada for $3,000 (roughly Rs. 2 lakhs). Starting Wednesday, Microsoft HoloLens will be available for pre-orders in six more countries – Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

The Microsoft HoloLens will be available for the following prices in the aforementioned countries in Development Edition and Commercial Suite (adding the volume order ability). The most common Development Edition will cost EUR 3,299 ($3,633) in Germany, France and Ireland, £2,719 ($3,335) in the UK, AUD 4,369 ($3,308) in Australia, and NZD 7,829 ($5,527) in New Zealand.

In June this year, Microsoft had already opened the gates for developers to join its HoloLens world, then foraying into PCs. HoloLens is claimed to be the world’s first standalone and untethered holographic computer.
“When we set out to pioneer mixed reality we knew that many of the best innovations would be discovered only when developers and organizations started developing with HoloLens. As a creator, there is no better feeling than empowering others to let their imagination run wild with innovation.”, said Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow for the Windows and Devices Group, in a blog post announcing wider availability of the headset.

In other news, Microsoft is expected to launch its new Surface AIO at its recently announced October 26 Windows 10 event. The event will kick off at 10am EDT (or 7:30pm IST) and will be live streamed.

Tags: Microsoft HoloLens, HoloLens, Wearables, Mixed Reality, Virtual Reality

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