【Windows Holographic来袭:微软要抢占VR操作系统的生态圈】

【Windows Holographic来袭:微软要抢占VR操作系统的生态圈】微软宣布将向包括HTC、联想、华硕、惠普等第三方开放其操作系统,借助这款称为Windows Holographic的系统,不同厂商的产品可获得相类似的操作方式。让谷歌在智能手机操作系统领域获得了先机,微软这次貌似要抢先搭建虚拟现实设备操作系统的生态。

The HoloLens combines gestures, voice and its 'gaze' feature and also integrates with OneDrive and exports to 3D printers or Sketchfab. Users will also have the chance to try out Skype with the HoloLens, which allows people to communicate with each other through holograms

Microsoft is letting others in on their virtual reality platform: Windows HoloLens now open for anyone to build devices

  • Windows opening up the holographic platform to third parties 
  • Partners working with Microsoft include HTC, Lenovo, Asus, and HP
  • Devices built on the Windows platform will be 'interoperable' 

Microsoft’s HoloLens is taking huge steps in bringing teleportation closer to reality. A recent Microsoft Research video shows how the $3000 augmented reality system can be used to transmit 3D models of people anywhere in the world for face-to-face communication

Microsoft's HoloLens aims to 'to break the walls between humans and technology' by superimposing a holographic display onto a wearer's vision.

Orders for the augmented reality goggles started at the end of March, and now Microsoft is hoping to make them available to a wider audience.

Its operating system, named Windows Holographic, is being opened to partners interested in building devices for 'mixed reality' experiences.

Microsoft's HoloLens aims to 'to break the walls between humans and technology' by superimposing a holographic display onto a wearer's vision. Orders for the augmented reality goggles started at the end of March, and now Microsoft is hoping to make them available to a wider audience

Devices built on the Windows platform will be interoperable.

This means that someone wearing HTC Vive virtual reality gear would be able to virtually visit and collaborate with someone using HoloLens virtual reality goggles, Microsoft executives told AFP.

Users strap on their HoloLens to defend their home from an alien invasion by shooting targets. Similar to other games, RoboRaid (pictured) combines gaze, gesture and regular voice input for a first-person shooter experience

The list of partners already working with Microsoft include HTC, Lenovo, Asus, and HP.

Microsoft said it built HoloLens to showcase the potential for the technology, which is based on the same Windows operating system that powers computers, smartphones, Xbox consoles and more.

Sharing the Windows platform will mean that augmented or virtual reality gear from various manufacturers will be able to work with one another, the same way Windows computers do.

'We are bringing the software that lights up HoloLens to the entire ecosystem of mixed reality devices –- and inviting partners to join us in this platform,' Microsoft spokesman Greg Sullivan told AFP.

While virtual reality devices such as those from Facebook-owned Oculus and Sony's PlayStation unit immerse users in fantasy worlds, HoloLens 'augments' reality by overlaying holograms on the real world in view.

HoloLens lets users interact with virtual objects using hand gestures.

Microsoft would not disclose details regarding how it will make money from the move.

But it is expected to pursue the kinds of licensing deals it negotiates with companies that make Windows-powered computers.

Creating a common platform for a wide range of companies to create and market mixed reality gear promises to bring down prices for altered reality gear while enriching variety in the marketplace.

Microsoft in March began its first shipments of its HoloLens to application developers, staking its place in what is expected to be an emerging computing platform.

 

At a recent Microsoft Build developers' conference, the company showed some of the possibilities for HoloLens.

This includes giving users a view of Mars that up to now could only be seen by space vehicles, and an inside view of the brain by medical specialists aiming to deal with a cerebral tumor.

Aiming to encourage new applications for the device, Microsoft noted that developers can create 'new mixed reality' with holograms to enable users to see and experience things in new ways.

The holographic capabilities in the Microsoft gear can open doors for developers to augment tasks from complex surgery to motorcycle design, according to the company.

Marketers predict virtual headsets will soon top wish lists for kids and young adults from Silicon Valley to Hong Kong.

But some analysts say virtual reality will be eclipsed by augmented reality within a few years.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3619273/Microsoft-wants-Windows-open-mixed-reality.html


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