After the U.S. Army awarded Microsoft a nearly $22 billion deal in exchange for 120,000-plus custom HoloLens headsets, many wondered what the army's plans were for the gadgets. Now, we have an idea of what the headsets will be used for.
Augmented and mixed reality are often seen as the next major revolution in mobile computing. But Microsoft is the only company on the market right now literally making billions, while others are still in development. While Apple is likely to do well in the consumer market, Microsoft is poised for the rest.
In 2016, Microsoft showed off a concept of 'holoportation' using 3D scans of people to "beam them" to a virtual location. Today, the company is making it a reality with Microsoft Mesh's announcement, a new mixed-reality platform powered by its Azure cloud service. The company is also teaming up with James Cameron, Niantic, and Guy Laliberté of Cirque du Soleil to use the tech in real life.
A Microsoft employee recently shared a video of the new "swipe to type" keyboard on the HoloLens 2. The feature allows you to swipe on a virtual keyboard in a similar way to using a smartphone's digital keyboard.
Microsoft has released the MSIX installer packages of Edge Insider channels for Windows 10X and HoloLens 2 today. Microsoft previewed the new Microsoft Edge on Windows 10X earlier this year, and the availability of the MSIX allows Windows 10X emulator testers to install an Insider channel of their choice.
Microsoft's HoloLens 2 headset went on general sale at the Microsoft Store earlier this year, but now the Development Edition is available in the U.S. with free Azure credits and trials for various development tools for $3,500.
Microsoft's HoloLens 2 is now available in 14 new markets, with South Korean coming later this fall. Besides wider availability, Microsoft is highlighting some real-world use cases with HoloLens 2 by major companies as examples of how the tech can streamline production and manufacturing.
Microsoft's latest HoloLens headset, the HoloLens 2, has only been available to developers for several months. However, now it's open for anyone to order directly from the Microsoft Store — if you have $3,500 to spare.
HoloLens research mode allows you to see data from the headset's sensors. Research mode on the HoloLens 2 gets you data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer in addition to the data you can get from the original HoloLens.