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Microsoft Mixed Reality Headsets go up for sale (and not just for devs)

Microsoft Mixed Reality Headsets go up for sale (and not just for devs)

Microsoft's Mixed Reality Headsets, which first went up for preorder for developers at the start of summer, have appeared online for anyone to buy -- including the average non-dev consumer. These headsets are still intended for developers, mind, but they're not limited to just those buyers. There's an HP model that costs $329 USD as well as a cheaper Acer model that costs $299 USD.

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Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Microsoft is betting big on Windows Mixed Reality, and it turns out PC makers are rising to the challenge with a variety of designs shown off this week at Computex 2017. The software giant's decision not to make its own headset, following the Surface strategy, but throw the responsibility over to OEMs had led to some concern that we'd see plenty of me-too mixed reality visors clogging shelves come the holiday season. Happily, it looks like that's not going to be the case.

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Microsoft Research holographic display can fit in eyeglasses

Microsoft Research holographic display can fit in eyeglasses

Of the three major "synthetic" reality platforms, Microsoft's HoloLens comes closest to the dream of overlaying digital objects on top of real world ones and interact with both of them in the same way. However, it shares the same limitations as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift in terms of the bulk of the headset required for it to function. That is why Microsoft Research teams have been working on a prototype that brings a "true" holographic display to near-eye devices that almost look no different from your regular pair o eyeglasses.

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Here’s what you need to get into Windows Mixed Reality dev

Here’s what you need to get into Windows Mixed Reality dev

For the past months, Microsoft's augmented reality, actually mixed reality, projects have somewhat taken a backseat in the onslaught of VR-related news and development. But at BUILD 2017, Microsoft has picked up the slack to lure developers back into its fold. And this time, it won't be all around the Microsoft HoloLens exclusively. HP and Acer have just signed off on the start of pre-orders for their certified Mixed Reality headsets. Microsoft has also revealed the bare minimum you'll need to make your PC rig mixed reality ready.

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Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers revealed

Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers revealed

Microsoft has unveiled its take on VR controllers, with the Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers making their debut at BUILD 2017 today. Intended to pair with the Windows Mixed Reality headsets we've already seen announced from a number of companies, the controllers allow for better interaction in virtual 3D space. Meanwhile, there's also news for developers hoping to get their hands on the VR/AR kit.

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Microsoft HoloLens to serve as AR tool for doctors during spinal surgery

Microsoft HoloLens to serve as AR tool for doctors during spinal surgery

While augmented reality is often touted as the future of entertainment and mobile communication, the technology has the potential to be useful in a number of practical and professional situations as well. Case in point: Scopis, a company that specializes in technology for surgical purposes, has announced a new AR platform that uses Microsoft's HoloLens to aid surgeons operating on the spine.

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Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they're sending out Windows Mixed Reality headsets to developers. This release will prepare developers for the most forward-thinking platform to be found within Windows 10. To do this, Microsoft has partnered with device makers like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 3Glasses to create Mixed Reality headsets.

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Google tries to remove VR headsets without removing them

Google tries to remove VR headsets without removing them

Virtual reality, and really even augmented reality, is a very personal experience in the sense that only the one wearing it can really appreciate what’s happening. In fact, only the one wearing it can actually see what’s going on, with spectators left imagining. With some age-old “green screen” Hollywood magic, some 3D modeling, and eye tracking, Google has devised a way to give viewers a better sense of the virtual world and, in a way, makes it actually easier to sell the idea of VR to them.

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Microsoft HoloLens tipped to magically leap to v3, skip v2

Microsoft HoloLens tipped to magically leap to v3, skip v2

Impressive as it may be, the HoloLens you currently see right now is still just version 1, which is to say it’s a very expensive prototype. The next version of HoloLens, which might be more fit for public consumption and budgets, will be version 3. Did Microsoft suddenly forget to count? Hardly. However, it is eschewing conventional development wisdom and will leap frog over v2 right into v3. And that’s mostly because it remains uncontested in this still nascent market.

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Actiongram brings Hello Kitty characters to HoloLens

Actiongram brings Hello Kitty characters to HoloLens

It's Valentine's Day, which means it's the perfect day for all things cute and heartwarming. If Hello Kitty falls in that particular category for you and you happen to own a HoloLens headset, then good news: beginning today, Hello Kitty holograms will begin appearing in Actiongram. Actiongram, as some of you will already know, is a HoloLens app that allows you to drop holographic characters into your mixed reality world and record the results.

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HoloLens Spectator View gives others a look at your virtual world

HoloLens Spectator View gives others a look at your virtual world

Virtual and mixed reality are pretty great, but they offer somewhat solitary experiences most of the time. Microsoft is trying to change that with its HoloLens platform, improvising a way to create a mode it's calling Spectator View. With Spectator View, you can give others a third-person window into what you're seeing through HoloLens, and all you really need is a second HoloLens headset and a camera.

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Apple, Carl Zeiss tipped to be working on AR glasses

Apple, Carl Zeiss tipped to be working on AR glasses

Cars, AI assistants, and mixed reality. Those seem to be the major thrusts of tech companies of late, and Apple is no exception. But, as typical of the Cupertino-based company, it keeps its major projects under wraps, dropping hints here and there for fans to chew on. Thanks to renowned blogger Robert Scoble, we have confirmation about Apple’s next major endeavor. Well, third-party confirmation, of course. After grilling an unsuspecting Carl Zeiss AG employee, Scoble says that the two companies are indeed working on a pair of smartglasses that will become Apple’s first and formal entry into the augmented reality market.

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