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You must have used Augmented Reality in your Android or iPhone. But, do you know that Microsoft is also in this technological race. Yes! I am absolutely correct. And, for next 15 minutes, you will get a fantastic brief summary about Microsoft Augmented Reality. Furthermore, I will also explain about some related terminologies (e.g. Windows Holographic, Microsoft Hologram and Holoportation) that you usually find in recent news.
The A-Z of Microsoft Augmented Reality
Google is majorly concentrated on utilization of Augmented reality in Mobile devices. But, unlike Google, Microsoft is more keen to infuse this technology in its Windows platform. And, it has already implemented Augmented reality with its well-known operating system, Windows 10. OK, lets move ahead and start the journey to know A-Z about Microsoft Augmented Reality.
#1. Microsoft Augmented Reality – The two-way communication between Physical & Virtual world
Augmented reality means the real-time blending of physical and digital worlds. And, the presence of a realistic virtual object in your real world will definitely amaze you. But do you know the limitation of this technology? OK, let me tell you. Using AR, virtual objects can’t interact with physical world rather you can just visualize them as a part of your real world. But, Microsoft Augmented reality has broken the barrier and enabled the two-way communication between Physical and Virtual objects in the real-time. Thus, using Microsoft Augmented Reality, you can not only just hold a virtual ball in your hand rather can drop it on the real floor. And, it will bounce back towards you. Furthermore, Microsoft loves to call it Mixed reality instead of Augmented Reality. Do check the below YouTube video from Microsoft.
Thus, be ready to visualize, create and communicate with your imaginary world using Microsoft Augmented reality (mixed reality).
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#2. Microsoft HoloLens- The Device to feel Microsoft Augmented Reality
OK, you are now familiar with Microsoft Augmented Reality. But, how you can feel this awesome technology with your eyes? For this purpose, Microsoft has developed a stand-alone computing headset and named it Microsoft HoloLens. Yes, you have read it correctly. Unlike other headset devices, it’s a stand-alone wearable computing device that doesn’t need any wired or wireless PC connection.
- What Microsoft HoloLens does?
Virtual Reality (VR) headsets just keep you in a complete immersive world. And, after wearing them, you will become completely unaware of your surroundings. Unlike other VR headsets, Microsoft HoloLens has a pair of transparent glasses. Thus, Microsoft Augmented Reality headset enables you to see the real world in front of you. It is very similar to wear a goggle. But, there is one major difference from your fancy goggle. This Headset is capable of blending virtual objects with the real one and that too in the real-time. Furthermore, Microsoft HoloLens not just display virtual objects on the screen of the headset rather it projects them a few meters away from your sight. And, yes! you and this virtual object can mutually interact with each other in the real-time. I recommend you to check below YouTube video and see it in action.
Additionally, in order to provide a complete realistic 3D audio from a virtual object, Microsoft HoloLens has used Spatial sound technology.
#3. Other Terminologies related to Microsoft Augmented Reality
As a Tech geek, you must be familiar with few terminologies, as mentioned below:-
- Windows Holographic:- Windows Holographic is the backbone of the Microsoft Augmented Reality. And, it has been developed by Microsoft on their Windows 10 platform. This is the common platform using which Microsoft HoloLens and other AR headsets can communicate with other windows devices. Moreover, it allows the headset to blend Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the real-time. And, this is the reason, Microsoft has renamed it as Windows Mixed Reality.
- Microsoft Hologram:- As I explained above, using Augmented reality, Microsoft HoloLens projects the virtual 3D objects in front of your real view. In the context of Microsoft Augmented reality, this projected virtual object is called as Microsoft Hologram. Moreover, these holograms can be anything like a 3D scan of an internal organ of any patient, a virtual character from an AR game or even a complicated 3D model of a vehicle system.
- Holoportation:- OK, till now you have learned that using Microsoft Augmented Reality, you can create and project virtual 3D objects in your real view. But, can you transfer your 3D model to somewhere else in the world and that too in the real-time? Yes! Microsoft Holoportation can do exactly the same. More specifically, Holoportation allows you to scan someone, create realistic 3D model of him/her, compress the same and finally transmit it anywhere in the world. And, yes! these all happen in the real-time. Seems unbelievable! OK, do check below YouTube video from Microsoft for Mobile Holoportation.
#4. Latest developments in Microsoft Augmented Reality
- Microsoft Augmented reality have yet to enter into the mainstream. However, some enterprise customers have already started using it. One of the new customer of Microsoft HoloLens is Stryker, a medical device company in the healthcare sector. And, you know!, they will use it for designing Operation theater in a better way. Do check below YouTube video for details.
- Microsoft has announced that next year, it will implement Windows Mixed reality to the Xbox, a well-known game console.
- Microsoft has bought Simplygon, a 3D optimization solution company.
In summary, I can say that Microsoft Augmented Reality is the latest and most advanced technology in the field of wearable headsets. Also, interaction between physical and virtual objects is possible with Microsoft HoloLens. And, it will definitely impress you with its capability of projecting virtual 3D objects (Holograms) along with 3D realistic sound. Moreover, in order to provide a common platform for various AR headset and windows devices, Microsoft has introduced Windows Holographic (Windows Mixed reality) technology. Additionally, Holoportation enables you to virtually transmit anywhere in the world in the real-time. Furthermore, Microsoft Augmented Reality is already being used by some of its enterprise customers. And, yes! it’s just the beginning.
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