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)

John Callaham