Mixed Reality Weekly: Apr 10, 2017

As the ecosystem around Mixed Reality heats up it’s getting more and more difficult to keep up to date on all the latest news and changes. This weekly newsletter / link blog will include links to many Microsoft articles as well as other blogs and resources posted online by the community at large. This may also include links on occasion that are not related to  Microsoft but have relevance on Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and other related areas.

Introduction

Welcome to the second edition of Mixed Reality Weekly here on BuildHololens.com!! My name is Chris Pietschmann, and I’ve been doing a Weekly post like this over on BuildAzure.com for almost a year, and I though it was time to start doing the same thing over here for HoloLens, Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality and other related content. I really hope you find value in this weekly post / newsletter and subscribe to BuildHololens.com to get it in your email inbox every week. Thanks!

Blog Articles

Here’s a collection of some of the most noteworthy blog articles posted over the past week; both from Microsoft and the Community at large:

Microsoft HoloLens

Virtual Reality

Related

Here are some Mixed Reality related links for blog articles and news from over the past week:

Feedback

Do you have any suggestions or general feedback on the Mixed Reality Weekly blog series? Please contact me and sent it on over! Or tweet it over to @BuildHololens.

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  • What do you dislike about this series?
  • What would you change?
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Mixed Reality Weekly: Apr 3, 2017

As the ecosystem around Mixed Reality heats up it’s getting more and more difficult to keep up to date on all the latest news and changes. This weekly newsletter / link blog will include links to many Microsoft articles as well as other blogs and resources posted online by the community at large. This may also include links on occasion that are not related to  Microsoft but have relevance on Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and other related areas.

Introduction

This is the very first edition of Mixed Reality Weekly here on BuildHololens.com! My name is Chris Pietschmann, and I’ve been doing a Weekly post like this over on BuildAzure.com for almost a year, and I though it was time to start doing the same thing over here for HoloLens, Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality and other related content. I really hope you find value in this weekly post / newsletter and subscribe to BuildHololens.com to get it in your email inbox every week. Thanks!

Blog Articles

Here’s a collection of some of the most noteworthy blog articles posted over the past week; both from Microsoft and the Community at large:

Since this is the first edition of Mixed Reality Weekly, here are some slightly older, yet very relavent, articles to read as well:

Feedback

Do you have any suggestions or general feedback on the Mixed Reality Weekly blog series? Please contact me and sent it on over! Or tweet it over to @BuildHololens.

The types of feedback I’m open to hearing:

  • What do you like about this series?
  • What do you dislike about this series?
  • What would you change?
  • What would you add?

Please feel free to reach out and let me know your feedback. I post this weekly post as a service to others and really want to make it the best resource it can be for everyone!

Thanks! If you enjoyed this, please subscribe to receive it in your email every week.

Happy Birthday HoloLens!! 1 Year Old!

Today is the birthday of Microsoft HoloLens in terms of being available and in peoples hands. At the Microsoft Build 2016 conference it was announced that the first wave of HoloLens Development Edition hardware had begun shipping out to developers! It’s amazing it’s been 1 year already, and there’s only more exciting HoloLens and Mixed Reality innovation to come! Continue reading

HoloLens and Airplane Jet Engine Training Demo from WPC 2016

At the WPC (Worldwide Partner Conference) 2016, Microsoft gave yet another demo of the Microsoft HoloLens up on stage. The primary focus of showing off the HoloLens has shifted towards enterprise use. This is likely due to the upcoming Enterprise Edition of Microsoft HoloLens that supposedly coming eventually. Microsoft is looking to get companies to adopt HoloLens for innovative work and training scenarios. The Japan Airlines HoloLens demo at WPC 2016 shows off a scenario of how an airline could use HoloLens to train their mechanics without requiring the huge investment of an airplane or jet engine for training purposes.

The possibilities of Microsoft HoloLens are truly amazing! This is a new category of product that make Augmented Reality (AR) more usable than ever before. This Jet Engine training demo is really cool. It’ll be just as interesting to see how many different industries from automotive, to construction, and many others will adopt innovative HoloLens scenarios too!

Windows 10 and the Holographic World

2016MixedReality002For some time it’s been unclear whether Microsoft will “pull an Apple” with the HoloLens and be the only manufacturer or if they’ll continue with tradition and organize with their partners. On June 1, 2016, Microsoft’s Terry Myers announced they are opening up the Windows Holographic Platform to partners in an effort to usher in a new era of Mixed Reality Computing.

Windows 10 will be the ONLY Mixed Reality Computing Platform bringing together an ecosystem of both Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies. With Windows 10 these different devices will be able to communicate together to create this new era of Mixed Reality Computing. This will be an ear akin to the first personal computers; to the first laptops; to the shift towards smartphones and mobile.

The era of Mixed Reality is coming, and it is going to change our world!

The virtual reality market is expected to expand to around 80 million devices by 2020. This is tremendous growth! Especially if you compare VR to the Xbox 360 which has sold a total of 84 million units in more than twice the amount of time. Overall the growth of Mixed Reality Devices is expected to be huge, fast, and expected to reach a similar market penetration as smartphones have today. The prediction is that everyone will have some kind of Mixed Reality Device they use every single day. The era of Mixed Reality is coming, and it is going to change our world!

Here’s a short video from Microsoft that gives us a glimpse into Microsoft’s vision of life with Mixed Reality Computing:

With this announcement, Microsoft is saying that Windows Holographic is coming to devices of all sizes, shapes, and form factors from fully immersive VR (tethered) headsets as well as completely untethered Augmented Reality (AR) Holographic devices such as the Microsoft HoloLens.

Microsoft will be working with Partners such as Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, HTC, Acer, ASUS, CyberPowerPC, Dell, Falcon Northwest, HP, iBuyPower, Lenovo, MSI, and many others to create and support great VR experiences on the Windows 10 Holographic Platform.

In March 2016 Microsoft started shipping the first Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition hardware. They have shown it’s usage with some pretty cool demos from NASA and kitchen design, all the way to gaming with a holographic version of Minecraft. What we’ve seen is only the tip of the iceberg.

There is plenty more amazing ways that the Mixed Reality Computing Platform and Windows Holographic can transform the way we interact with computers throughout our daily lives. Now that the ecosystem is open to partners through Microsoft’s invitation, we will certainly see some truly amazing advances and use cases coming within the next couple of years.

We all would love to hear more news on this, and Microsoft is planning to give us more details at WinHEC later this fall.

Additionally, if you have one of the Microsoft HoloLens Development Editions, what are you building with it today? Please lave a comment on this post, I would love to hear what people are doing with Windows Holographic today!