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. Devices built on the Windows platform will be interoperable.
Microsoft is making its Windows Holographic platform available to its hardware partners who want to build mixed-reality displays, accessories and devices. To unpack this, we need to step back and get more precise about a bunch of terms we Microsoft watchers -- and Microsoft itself, even -- have been using (improperly) interchangeably up until now. Microsoft's HoloLens goggles are an example of an augmented reality (AR) device that is centered around Windows Holographic. But Microsoft officials said today at Computex 2016 that the company isn't just limiting the Windows 10 variant tuned to work with HoloLens -- a k a, the Windows Holographic platform -- to the HoloLens. As of today, it's official that Microsoft is opening up the Windows Holographic platform to any companies that want to build devices that can handle "mixed reality."
The sports video producer has unveiled All or Nothing, a football reality show destined solely for Amazon Video. The series will follow a given NFL team's internal drama through a whole season, starting with the Arizona Cardinals' 2015 path to the NFC Championship Game. The initial eight-episode run will be available this summer on any device that can handle Amazon's internet video services, so you'll have no shortage of gridiron action to watch on your Fire TV while you're waiting for the next season to start.
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Microsoft's "HoloLens" is a pair of mixed reality smartglasses that have a variety of applications. The glasses can be used to create holograms of 3-D objects that users can place and scale around them, can be used for immersive simulation-based training and recording short video clips for simple mixed-reality presentations. Furthermore, the device has recently received certification as protective eyewear, and thus the device can now be sold to manufacturing companies to be used by their front-line factory workers or in the field. The product will be priced commercially for $5,000, and is now able to be sold in 29 new countries, which Microsoft expects will expand its reach to an estimated total of more than two billion "first line" workers.