It's a supply contract potentially worth $21.9 billion over the next 10 years, Microsoft confirmed to CNBC .In its press release, the US Army confirmed its order of HoloLens AR headsets for its infantry and stated that the program is aimed "to deliver next-generation night vision and situational awareness capabilities to the Close Combat Force (CCF) at the speed of relevance."
Dozens of Microsoft employees have signed a letter protesting the company’s $480 million contract to supply the U.S. Army with augmented-reality headsets intended for use on the battlefield.
HoloLens creator Alex Kipman tried Valve’s upcoming VR title Half-Life: Alyx and shared some choice words about his experience.Alex Kipman, the chief visionary behind HoloLens, had some serious praise to share after trying the game just last week.
Most recently, Lenovo launched its ThinkReality A6 HMD back in May, an AR headset, that like HoloLens, is targeting business applications.
What makes the ThinkReality more than just a HoloLens wannabe is the software platform that Lenovo is launching alongside. Microsoft hinted that it wanted its platform to be "open" when it launched the HoloLens 2, including features like open app stores and open web browsing models, aiming to "transition from walled gardens to a communal garden."
However, the Hololens was clearly a prototype device, despite Microsoft selling to whoever was willing to fork out the $10K asking price. So don’t think of the new Hololens as a competitor to the consumer-grade VR and MR devices we know today.
But if someone is walking around with Bose AR or some future version of Magic Leap or Hololens that’s wearable all of the time, they will likely have an endless stream of context-sensitive data streaming to them, and will need to actively disable (or remove) those devices to have a proper one-on-one with you.
With the ability to interact "person to person" with someone who is halfway across the world and interact on a personal level with the likes we've never seen before, Hololens aims to be next in line following technological revolutions like the mouse, computer, internet, social media, and many other software solutions and devices that we've grown accustomed to and don't think twice about.
With its new hand tracking system and voice recognition technology, the Microsoft HoloLens 2 far surpasses the Magic Leap One in terms of tracking and control options.
Hands-on: HoloLens 2 is a More Than Just a Larger Field of View Kuo, an analyst at TFI Securities in Taiwan, is known for his many accurate predictions surrounding Apple products, something Mac Rumors says is done by gathering intelligence from his contacts in Apple’s Asian supply chain, and translating that information into research notes for clients.
The company demonstrated this at the product's launch as it showed how the same model could be viewed by both a HoloLens 2 and an iPad. In this instance, the iOS or Android device uses its native rendering capabilities (ARKit or ARCore), but Microsoft's Azure infrastructure can manage the anchor points and room mapping that Microsoft says has been a challenge for mixed reality developers.
"From what is known of the contract, there is nothing inherently 'weaponized' about the intended HoloLens usage, although tangentially it could be leveraged in that way," said Eric Abbruzzese, senior analyst with ABI Research , a technology advisory company headquartered in Oyster Bay, New York.
When I took to Twitter to air my frustration at the lack of clarity (especially considering that the stated “more than double” was relative to the HoloLens 1 FOV which Microsoft had also been coy about sharing) Alex Kipman responded by pointing to a huge Wired pre-reveal feature article published this week where he confirmed a 34 degree diagonal field of view (16:9) for the original headset, and a 52 degree diagonal (3:2) for HoloLens 2.
Microsoft will allow businesses to customize HoloLens 2 before purchasing a fleet of headsets. Microsoft says it will work with other companies and launch more bespoke headsets over time. Like the original HoloLens, this headset is clearly meant for developers to experiment with and start building applications.
HoloLens visionary Alex Kipman took to the stage in Barcelona to introduce HoloLens 2 which addresses many of the key criticisms of the original headset: field of view, comfort, and hand-tracking.
Smartglasses enterprise revenue Smartglasses enterprise pilot projects and full-scale rollouts have been symptomatic of an early-stage tech platform, but real-world productivity results are now being delivered with companies like Lockheed Martin reducing satellite building activities by more than 50 percent using HoloLens/Scope AR .
An experienced VR creator, Denton has worked on tie-ins for projects like Guillermo del Toro’s film Crimson Peak and the Syfy series Nightflyers as well as the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality experience for Legion that ran at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. That HoloLens project also incorporated live actors who interacted with participants, but with Chained, Denton wanted to blend live performance with VR’s ability to transport audiences to wildly different locations and environments.
The United States Army awarded a $480 million contract to Microsoft that will equip military personnel with prototype versions of HoloLens intended to increase “lethality, mobility, and situational awareness.”
Now that VR headsets, Microsoft HoloLens, smart glasses from vendors such as Vuzix, and AR support in phones and tablets are making AR/VR hardware more widely available, augmented and virtual reality are primed for enterprise projects aimed at improving productivity, collaboration and customer support.
Efficiency gains are exactly what Ford was looking for when it approached Microsoft in 2016 to embark on a HoloLens proof-of-concept test, ideally to improve workflow for designers who make thousands of decisions in modeling Ford's cars, trucks and SUVs, Craig Wetzel, Ford's design technical operations manager, tells CIO.com.
Although the product is different from HoloLens in many ways — it’s more steampunk goggles than futuristic visor, and you need to carry around a small hockey-puck computer to make it work — most people who had hands-on time with the device had similar observations: Here was a very promising augmented-reality experience that also suffers from field-of-view limitations and a lack of compelling software (although the latter criticism may have changed on Wednesday, with the release of a Magic Leap version of Angry Birds).
A new series of reports from analyst firm Strategy Analytics, one focused on AR device market and outlook and another from forecast by device type until 2023, notes that slot-in AR devices will account for the majority of shipments and users today, but binocular units, such as HoloLens, will increase in importance as the market evolves towards devices with higher quality experiences.