Microsoft HoloLens

Untethered Holographic Augmented Reality Computing Platform.
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Company Type:  Platform Developer

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Summary:  Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully untethered, holographic computer, enabling high-definition holograms to integrate with the real world.



  • HoloLens is being led by Microsoft, a leading global software and technology company

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HoloLens – an untethered holographic computing platform.

Microsoft HoloLens is made up of specialized components that together enable holographic computing. The optical system that works in lock-step with advanced sensors. The HPU that makes light work of processing a large amount of data per second. All those components and more enable you to move freely and interact with holograms.

The HoloLens is designed with an adjustable headband, with great weight distribution for a comfortable fit. Weight is distributed around the crown of your head, saving your ears or nose from undue pressure.

Though it contains more computing power than an average laptop, the HoloLens is passively cooled without fans. With no wires, external cameras, or phone or PC connection required, a user can move freely and untethered. Further, it contains advanced sensors to capture your movements and an advanced optics system to generate multi-dimensional full-color images with very low latency so you can see holograms in your world.

The HoloLens platform will allow for enterprise applications across all industries, with several industrial, education, and related examples provided by Microsoft.

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Customers:  Microsoft begins shipping development editions of the HoloLens in the first quarter of 2016 to developers in the United States and Canada. Developers must apply and be selected by Microsoft to receive development kits. 

As of January 2016, Microsoft has been showcasing select potential enterprise use cases as part of the HoloLens development edition rollout. One case study shows Microsoft HoloLens working in conjunction with Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software to improve collaboration across the entire product development process, enabling engineers and designers to iterate together in real-time. The HoloLens platform with Autodesk’s software leads to faster prototyping, more confident decisions, and more efficient cooperation in product design.

A second case study shows the possibilities for using HoloLens in education settings through a partnership with Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Clinic. The HoloLens can transform flat illustrations into 3D images that students can explore, alter, and examine from every angle.

A third case study, done in conjunction with Trimble, shows how the HoloLens platform could be used to bring innovations to the architecture and construction industries and help professionals in those fields do their jobs better.

Microsoft has partnered with a select group of companies to help drive the 3D image technology of HoloLens:

  • Unity Technologies – creators of Unity, a powerful, accessible, and affordable end-to-end development platform used by over 700,000 monthly active developers to create rich interactive experiences and connect with passionate audiences.
  • Dassault Systèmes -provides businesses and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its collaborative solutions transform how products are designed, produced, and supported across industries worldwide.
  • Sketchfab – a platform to publish and find the best 3D content, usable for 3D embeds, VR/AR, 3D printing and more. Sketchfab is integrated with all major 3D creation tools and publishing platforms, and the fastest growing 3D repository.

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