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Microsoft HoloLens 2 will have these big changes

Microsoft HoloLens 2 will have these big changes

Microsoft got a huge lead in the augmented reality, or mixed reality rather, market, showing off how its HoloLens and Windows Holographic, now Windows Mixed Reality, system could prove to be more practical and useful than virtual reality. It may have, however, rested far too long on its laurels and now a big competitor is just around the corner. That is, perhaps, why the tech giant is suddenly picking up the pace for version 2 of its HoloLens hardware, which might make a big departure from its predecessor.

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Microsoft Andromeda folding tablet would be an Android dream

Microsoft Andromeda folding tablet would be an Android dream

A set of renders of the Microsoft Andromeda tablet appeared this morning, and it looks amazing. The wallpaper the designer used got me thinking: what would it be like to have this device running iOS? And more realistically, what would it be like to have a device like this running Android?

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This is Samsung’s alleged Windows Mixed Reality Headset

This is Samsung’s alleged Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Samsung has one foot squarely in the virtual reality market with its Oculus-powered Gear VR. That doesn't mean, however, that it can't put the other foot down on the augmented reality, sometimes called mixed reality, field as well. That does seem to be the case, based on a latest leak that shows a Samsung-branded mixed reality headset. But instead of reinventing the wheel like it is wont to do, Samsung will instead be leveraging Microsoft's Windows Holographic platform.

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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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Windows 10 update for VR may mean no upgrade for many users

Windows 10 update for VR may mean no upgrade for many users

Microsoft has revealed what kind of hardware you'll need in your PC to use the incoming lineup of Windows 10 VR headsets. This new focus on virtual reality was announced back in September, during the Windows 10 event that also revealed the Surface Studio. Though Microsoft did give us a starting price point for these VR headsets, many other details were notably missing from the reveal.

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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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HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced the release of the first edition of HoloLens. This version of the headset will be sent to developers only - it'll be a HoloLens Developer Edition as such. The shipping on this developer edition will begin today, and Microsoft suggests that developers will begin to be able to develop apps immediately. They've also given a single example of development time for a standard HoloLens app - six weeks. They first app they've developed will have its code posted to GitHub soon.

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HoloLens teams with Lowes for holographic home mods

HoloLens teams with Lowes for holographic home mods

Microsoft's HoloLens holographic headset will soon be working with Lowes to visualize the future of their home repairs and modifications. While the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition is the only version of the device available now - or soon, rather, as it's on pre-order - Lowes appears to be ready and willing to jump in on the experience without delay. Now we'll see what that fridge REALLY looks like when it's crammed into a space that you know good and well is too small for it, Janet.

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Microsoft’s HoloLens is not for you (yet)

Microsoft’s HoloLens is not for you (yet)

Today Microsoft HoloLens was released for purchase - sort of - for developers, in a kit that's made strictly for those that plan on making software for the device. This version of Microsoft HoloLens is not meant to compete with the other virtual reality headsets being revealed and/or released in the next several weeks. The Oculus Rift, for example, has had several developer kits released in the past. The HTC Vive, too, has had its own developer release before now. This is just the beginning.

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HoloLens may be the next smartphone: ASUS in talks with Microsoft

HoloLens may be the next smartphone: ASUS in talks with Microsoft

This week ASUS CEO Jonney Shih has confirmed talks between ASUS and Microsoft on creating an ASUS HoloLens-like device. This headset would likely run Windows Holographic, the same system that Microsoft's own HoloLens runs. As Microsoft's goal, apparently, wasn't just to create a device, but a whole new category of devices, it should follow that a manufacturer like ASUS would jump aboard eventually. The ASUS headset wouldn't necessarily be called HoloLens - but it'd be very similar in implementation - it'd certainly be a headset, at least.

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Microsoft HoloLens release and pricing set for Q1 2016

Microsoft HoloLens release and pricing set for Q1 2016

The first Development Edition of the Microsoft HoloLens headset is set to be released in the first quarter of 2016. This headset's "development edition" will be titled as such because it'll be made for people wishing to create apps and games for the headset before the headset's first full consumer release. This is a similar release setup to Samsung's GearVR and Oculus' Rift developer edition releases, coming first with early editions to get developers interested, following up then with a real headset for consumers later.

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Project Xray is HoloLens’ truly first-person shooter

Project Xray is HoloLens’ truly first-person shooter

Microsoft shows off a game by the name of Project Xray with their mixed reality headset HoloLens. This video game shows off what virtual reality, augmented reality, and holography can do when mixed implicitly. In this game, users are invited to take part in a first-person shooter in which a new controller is introduced into the HoloLens equation, one where this controller overlays a holographic gauntlet onto its user's hand. From there, monsters begin to emerge from the walls and the blasting begins.

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