Microsoft joins XR Association in ‘significant milestone’

Microsoft has joined the XR Association (XRA), joining Facebook, Google, HTC Vive, Samsung and Sony as members.

The trade association, which represents technology manufacturers across virtual, augmented and mixed reality, ‘further signifies the Association’s broadening scope and representation of the XR industry’, according to the press materials.

This is not overly surprising...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands, Ecosystems, Microsoft.

Microsoft launches HoloLens 2 at $3500 - but the real power is in the cloud-connected add-ons

MWC19 Microsoft has announced the launch of HoloLens 2 at MWC Barcelona, with the augmented reality (AR) headset being described by the company as an 'important milestone.'

The headset, which will be available later this year at a price of $3500,  has been launched with focus on three specific areas of improvement; immersion, comfort, and time-to-value. HoloLens 2 has a more than doubled field of view combined with holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of sight, alongside eye-tracking sensors and...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Devices, Microsoft.

Microsoft launches HoloLens ‘as a service’ with education partner

Microsoft has announced the launch of HoloLens ‘as a service’, with a subscription programme being put in place alongside UK education provider JTRS.

JTRS, which is owned by Econocom, will offer what is being described as ‘mixed reality as a service’, with customers given a HoloLens package from £260 per device, per month for two years. The service includes the device, delivery, swap warranty, and collection and recycling at the end of the term.

Alongside this, users will be able...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystems, Hardware, Microsoft.

Using MR to ‘see through’ patient tissue in operations

A team at Imperial College London have demonstrated how mixed reality can be used in complex reconstructive lower limb surgery.

The team used a Microoft Hololens to overlay images of CT scans showing the position of bones and key blood vessels onto an actual patient’s leg. This essentially allows the surgeon to ‘see through’ the limb while performing the procedure.

The key benefit of leveraging the technology in this way is to allow surgeons to better locate and reconnect important blood...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 31 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Microsoft.

AR app offers assistance to paramedics

Being a paramedic of an EMT is the definition of a high pressure, stressful job. Not only are you thrown into a myriad of complex situations, you also have to come up with a diagnosis of the particular patient’s problem and come up with a viable course of action. All in an environment where a wasted few seconds could make all the difference.

A new AR application for the Microsoft HoloLens is looking to ease this burden by providing paramedics with a range of diagnostic tools to help better treat...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 05 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Platforms.

AR surgery company raises £15 million in funding

London-based startup Touch Surgery has raised £15 million ($20 million) in funding for its AR surgery headsets.

The funding came from US venture capital firm 8VC, the company that invested in Oculus VR before it was later acquired by Facebook.

The headset, called Go Surgery, utilises the Microsoft HoloLens to give medical trainees a live video feed of a professional surgeon, which is overlaid with virtual guides and step by step instructions.

The latest round of funding brings Touch Surgery’s...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Microsoft.

Microsoft and University of Washington bring Minority Report to reality

In case you don’t remember Minority Report, the 2002 film starring Tom Cruise and directed by Steven Spielberg, the film featured a police officers using immersive interfaces to record and manipulate crime scene data.

At the time, the idea seemed to the far future of sci-fi. But 15 years later, it looks like the technology could be with us sooner then we think.

Entered into Micorsoft’s Design Expo 2017, students from the University of Washington Interactive Design Program are envisioning the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 24 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft.

Microsoft introduce their own VR controllers

Microsoft has introduced a new set of VR controllers that will accompany mixed-reality headsets in the coming year.

The announcement, made during the Build 2017 keynote presentation, came with news that Microsoft will not be building its own headsets. Instead, the company will be looking to team up with a range of other manufacturers.

The controllers will be available for the incoming Acer headset. The Acer headset represents a technological step forward as it has built-in motion sensors, so does not need...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 15 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Microsoft.

Microsoft indicates "thousands" of HoloLens units have been sold

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Microsoft launched the developer version of HoloLens last year for a cool $3000, but until now the company has not indicated how many units have been sold. Roger Walkden, Microsoft's Commercial Lead for HoloLens, has now given us some idea after saying “thousands” have been shipped.

Bearing in mind HoloLens is still expensive and designed for developers at this stage, even a thousand units would be impressive. Microsoft is happy with the number...

By Ryan Daws, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft 'exploring virtual reality options' for Project Scorpio

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Microsoft said it’s exploring virtual reality options for its Project Scorpio console, due out during “holiday season” 2017.

In an interview with USA Today, Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis said the games for the console, which will support VR, will also be able to render at 4k.

“Any games we’re making that we’re launching in the...

By Rachael Power, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Microsoft.