Microsoft unveils amazing HoloLens demonstration at the Build 2015
This week the largest software company in the world is showcasing the newest HoloLens demo, running on Windows Holographic platform, at the 2015 Build Conference in San Francisco.
Head of the Microsoft HoloLens project, Alex Kipman, unveiled the Windows Holographic Platform, which enables developers to create app on Windows 10 to work along with the Hololens headset.
What’s super exciting is that Microsoft is about to turn any room into fully interactive virtual desktop. “All universal apps can be made to work on Windows Holographic, and everything you’ve seen here today is a universal Windows app.”
Unknown cost and release date. All we know is that they are aiming to release the HoloLens sometime during the Windows 10 timeframe.
Microsoft provided hundreds of demo units of the the headset for audience demonstration at Build, illustrating the potential applications of the device, such as for medical education purposes.
Microsoft brought a student on stage to illustrate how to use the augmented reality device to learn about the human body anatomy, peeling through layers of tissues, bones, and organs.
I really love the idea of how your personal virtual browser can follow you wherever you go, in whichever size you prefer with a simple voice command.
No more worrying about a near exploding bladder watching the final moments of a NBA championship finale, because you can take the game to the bathroom and watch it while you pee!
Furthermore, Unity is also joining Microsoft HoloLen to fully support interactive 3D imagery development for free, which significantly decreases barrier to entry for developers to enter the development process. Unity for HoloLens tools will be included with Unity Pro and Unity Personal Edition with no additional cost.”
“The Unity toolchain and pipeline are being augmented to leverage the unique characteristics of the HoloLens such as spatial mapping, spatial audio, gaze, gesture, voice recognition, and the ability to anchor holographic objects to specific locations in the real world.” — Unity Lead Developer Scott Flynn
Autodesk, leading player in the graphics art and design sector, will embed its Spark 3D platform into Windows 10. Spark APIs will be available for free to Microsoft developers. Furthermore, Autodesk joins Microsoft to become a founding member of the 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) Consortium in an effort establish standards in 3D interchange and printing format.
The Spark aims to provide Windows users access to reliable, optimized and streamlined 3D printing processes designed to augment additive manufacturing process related to software, material and printers.
The virtual reality environment of digital models created with software such as Autodesk Maya or Fusion 360 would be viewable in the mixed reality HoloLens environment.
This significant opens up potential opportunities for game developers, film producers, designers and engineers, enabling the possibility to digitally preview a full scale model during the design phase.
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