mixed reality

Lenovo Windows Holographic VR headset hands-on: affordable release

Lenovo Windows Holographic VR headset hands-on: affordable release

The first of the Windows Holographic VR (or mixed reality, if you prefer,) headsets comes from Lenovo, and we're getting up close and personal this week. Lenovo's Windows Holographic headset is light, far lighter than the HTC Vive, close to the size of the Oculus Rift - and seemingly far more magical. Without even getting in to the capabilities of the headset, consider this: the front flips up. No need to take the whole headset off every time we need to see something outside of our alternate, mixed, virtual reality.

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VR trends to look out for in 2017

VR trends to look out for in 2017

Virtual reality, or VR for short, is already being hailed as the next wave in computing, but it’s still a few iterations away from becoming as commonplace as mobile devices, which is the current wave of computing. That said, proponents and advocates of VR continue to push the envelop in order to drive this fledgling market. Though delayed by a few months, VR was off to a great start this year. In 2017, we expect it to get over its teething pains and present a more mature image to consumers. Just how that’s going to happen has been laid out by our crystal ball, and here’s how it goes.

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Microsoft Holoportation makes working anywhere freaky and cool

Microsoft Holoportation makes working anywhere freaky and cool

Move over tele-commuting. Microsoft’s Holoportation will be the remote office of the future. The somewhat distant future. Microsoft has just published an update to its Holoportation idea that is making Star Wars like holographic communication a reality. And while the technology has already been proven to work, it’s far from being something you can really use anytime anywhere. In this latest iteration, however, Microsoft takes one step closer to that ideal, by allowing Holoportation to fit and be used inside a moving car.

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Linq mixed-reality headset projects games onto the real world

Linq mixed-reality headset projects games onto the real world

There are lots of virtual reality headsets on the market that will allow you to play video games that make you feel as if you are in another world. Linq has a new headset that is different from the other virtual reality headsets on the market today that it is calling a mixed reality headset. The big difference between MR and VR is that the MR headset projects the game over your environment.

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ZapBox brings room-scale mixed reality to the masses

ZapBox brings room-scale mixed reality to the masses

As fantastic as technologies like augmented and mixed reality may be, experiencing them, much less creating them, requires a sizable investment, financially speaking. It is just beyond to reach of consumers as well as your garage-type indie developer. AR and VR startup Zappar, however, wants to smash that perception. With ZapBox, you can grab a kit for less than a triple-A video game to start your journey towards mixed reality fun and fame. It’s Magic Leap meets Google Cardboard. Or as Zappar itself says, making Magic Leap, magic cheap!

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HoloLens goes up for pre-order in six new countries

HoloLens goes up for pre-order in six new countries

After being exclusive to the US and Canada for a little more than half a year, Microsoft has announced that its HoloLens headset is now available for pre-order in six new regions. Microsoft is opening up orders in France, Germany, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia today, greatly expanding the reach of HoloLens in one fell swoop.

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“HoloLens Daily” shows how to do multi-screens in style

“HoloLens Daily” shows how to do multi-screens in style

Virtual reality is great and is entertaining for a lot of things, but there are just some scenarios where a mix of virtual and actual realities is, perhaps, more productive. Hence, the augmented, or rather mixed, reality offered by platforms like the Microsoft HoloLens. One such use case, flaunted around by AR/MR proponents, is eventually replacing one or two real-world, physical computer screens with nearly a dozen virtual ones. And while we all wait for the day when such devices do become more common, the folks over at The Holo Herald are already teasing what that future might look like.

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Microsoft HoloLens brings Yu-Gi-Oh to (mixed) reality

Microsoft HoloLens brings Yu-Gi-Oh to (mixed) reality

Collectible/Trading Card Games have long been popular even before the mobile gaming revolution, but while most of the franchises n the West, like Magic The Gathering, are your run of the mill card-based games, in Japan they have taken a life of their own. There, CCGs like Yu-Gi-Oh extend to multimedia, especially manga and anime, that portray the game as more than just cards. The advent of virtual and augmented reality gear offers the opportunity to make those fantasies real, like this “real-life” Yu-Gi-Oh made possible by the Microsoft HoloLens.

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Windows Holographic is coming to Windows 10 PCs next year

Windows Holographic is coming to Windows 10 PCs next year

Partly thanks to the hype around Pokemon GO, augmented reality has become a buzzword again (which is somewhat ironic considering some AR enthusiasts don't consider the game as such). Though definitely not alone nor first, Microsoft is one of the biggest proponents of augmented reality technology which, unfortunately, is extremely limited to a select few, not to mention expensive, number of devices and developers. Come 2017, however, that will somewhat change, as Microsoft releases its Windows Holographic platform, as well as its AR shell, to any and all Windows 10 computers.

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Star Wars goes beyond VR as Magic Leap teams with ILMxLAB

Star Wars goes beyond VR as Magic Leap teams with ILMxLAB

This week the folks at Magic Leap have announced a partnership with ILMxLAB, creating technology that'll mix Star Wars with your real world reality. This is not virtual reality - though that's not out of the question for Star Wars, of course - it's mixed reality. That is augmented reality with the ability to trick your brain into thinking the objects you're seeing are really there. It's beyond what you've seen before - and it has droids, too!

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Microsoft HoloLens gets productive with Outlook Mail and Calendar

Microsoft HoloLens gets productive with Outlook Mail and Calendar

The common perception of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality is that they mostly cater to fun and games and entertainment. Microsoft, however, wants to banish that prejudice, at least for its brand of mixed reality. On the heels of the first major update to Windows Holographic, its version of Windows 10 for the HoloLens, Microsoft is proudly announcing the arrival of the Outlook Mail and Calendar app on the HoloLens, allowing users to pin their emails and calendars on a wall, almost literally, and have it always within sight.

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Microsoft updates HoloLens as second wave ships to devs

Microsoft updates HoloLens as second wave ships to devs

Virtual reality has recently taken the center stage, especially with the rollout of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Not to mention the ditch that Oculus may have dug for itself. But VR isn't the only hot thing in tech today as far as synthetic realities go. There is also augmented, or rather "mixed", reality, as envisioned (no pun intended) by the likes of Microsoft HoloLens, Magic Leap and Meta. Of those, the HoloLens was the first to reach the public's hands, and now Microsoft is rolling out its first update as well.

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