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Microsoft picks Galaxy Explorer as its HoloLens 'Share Your Idea' app winner

HoloLens and Microsoft Windows logo
HoloLens and Microsoft Windows logo (Image credit: Windows Central)

The Microsoft HoloLens 'Share Your Idea' app contest has concluded and the company has selected the Galaxy Explorer proposal as the one that will be made into a real app made for the augmented reality headset.

Here's the original proposal for Galaxy Explorer:

"Explore the Milky Way galaxy and learn more about the region of space we call home.Users can navigate the galaxy at their own pace using natural gestures and voice commands. Tap on anything to get detailed facts and stats. Draw a path through the galaxy and see an animated view of how long it would take to make the trip by car, by rocket, by fictional starship, or as a light beam. Then land on a planet, and get a sense of really being there. Surfaces in your room are transformed to resemble the landscape of a moon or planet. A natural, futuristic UI makes it easy to zoom in and out over millions of miles of space, filled with the amazing natural wonders that fill the Milky Way!"

A small team at Microsoft is currently working to build Galaxy Explorer for the HoloLens, and the company has released the first of a series of videos on YouTube that will keep track of this team's progress. The plan is to release the app for free and make it an open source project so that developers can look at the code as a guide for making their own HoloLens app.

Microsoft is scheduled to start selling the first HoloLens developer units sometime in the first quarter of 2016, for the price of $3,000 each.

Source: Microsoft HoloLens (YouTube)

42 Comments
  • Yaaaaassss
  • Msft is an expert at this. Microsoft Research already has the WorldWide Telescope, just integrate the data into the HoloLens and make it Virtual Reality-ready telescope. This is going to be very interesting in the near future.
  • You just stole my words... It's a great software
  • Should we pretend like this is the first time we have seen stars and planet in augmented reality and this is a bright original idea?
  • When was the last time you had your eyes in the sky?
  • If you had idea to go out and have some overlays over the night sky, yes it would be cool and different, but this isn't it.
  • A virtual sky map, this sounds perfect. Great idea. Maybe add some trivia to it too, this way it does not get stale by just simply looking around.
  • This is really old news, guys
  • I was about to say that!
  • It's not for me, so shhhhhh
  • Hahahaha
  • Of course they cower from making what the people really want. A freaking Pokemon game.
  • That would rule but it's not very realistic, as it involves licensing and certainly Nintendo wouldn't want to give away sucha valued intellectual property as Pokemon.
  • They could always partner with them though. I preferred Yugi Yoh over Pokemon though
  • Nintendo and specifically the Pokemon Company, which retains the majority of control, would have to be willing to partner which isn't very likely.
  • Not going to happen till Nintendo decides to go more, or fully, mobile. Which will be the start of them giving licences much easier. I'm not a fan at all. In fact I hate Pokémon. But I do see realistically the concept being perfect for that.
  • I'd say there's more space nerds than Pokémon nerds.
  • No
  • Am I the only one who thought this was one of the more boring ideas? I guess I'm just not really that into space... Now, a Holo-table-top Age of Empires game? THAT I could live with :)
  • Not boring just not really surprising and I totally agree on age of empires ^_^
  • They all will come eventually. It's UWP for you. Right now they want to show power of hololens. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I liked most of the ideas, however, the idea they picked along with loads of other ideas along the same lines are pretty useless. It's a great showcase of the technology and will add loads of WOW factor but it doesn't really benefit a large amount of people. My idea was in the business category to have virtual displays that you can extend your desktop to or use continuum on phone etc which is very boring and doesn't have any form of WOW factor, but at least it was something useful to a lot of people. I would have preferred to see some kind of productivity app as the winner but either way I'm still interested in seeing how this one pans out!
  • I liked better the idea of the game that made your room be filled with traps and hazards, Indiana Jones style. I hope they still make it. Though this one should be very cool too.
  • Excuse to stay at home rather than living the life of an explorer, the real one.
  • I wanted a movie made for hololens. A horror film something like The Grudge, you watch it on your regular tv as normal but if you wear the hololens and some points in the movie the little kid could climb out of your tv or appear to run across your living room. Probable be really scary to watch if it was done right.
    It could become a whole new type of movie, cinemas could do with something new...
  • I had a same idea. But wanted a mini-house full of minions. Those creatures are the funniest. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • My suggestion was pretty simple and I hope they are doing it: A full holographic Cortana
  • People suggested this, actually, and Microsoft rejected it. It's unfortunate, as it would've been awesome (especially if it was Cortana from Halo 4, where she looked the best).
  • Good choice, this sounds awesome.
  • Looking forward to seeing the progress! Especially if they deliver on time. Man that post it note scene, work that Surface Hub instead Microsoft! :)
  • I want "Total Recall"!
  • Hololens is not targeted to gamers rather than research and businesses.
  • Wow! Wonders!
  • I still like my idea better: Look at (scan) a pile of unorganized stuff> Then look at (scan) available space to place stuff> Hololens tells you which objects to put where to pack the space most efficiently.
  • I like the idea of viewing the Milky Way ... space ... is a tad more exciting future prospect than games, which eventually go extinct. And judging by the popularity of murder and mayhem in the games, humanity most likely too will become extinct. Sure seems like a video game on this site sometimes. People appear more interested in making enemies, than sharing constructive thought. Just my humble opinion.
  • Now I can say that I feel proud to be a Microsoft fan despite being a disastrous WP.
  • Windows Phone is awesome. What are you talking about? I use it every day and have for the past 3 years. It's superb.
  • I use MS products and services almost exclusively but I had to dump the phones, they are just terrible.
  • My idea was one of the inspirational ideas. cool. Starship https://microsoftstudios.com/hololens/shareyouridea/galaxy-explorer/
  • Astrometrics in AR.
  • This is the difference between apple and msoft. If apple were to make an app they would've made it appealing to everyone while our beloved Microsoft is making an app only a minority would really want.
  • Finally, something that I voted for, wins.