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Major Takeaways:

  • Galaxy Explorer chosen from among thousands of submissions as winner of Microsoft’s “share Your Idea” contest for HoloLens
  • The app will allow users to navigate the galaxy at their own pace using natural gestures and voice commands, with the ability to tap on images to gain additional information and more augmented reality features
  • When the app is ready for release, it will be released as a free app and Microsoft will make the code open source

From the Neowin.net article:

Back in December, Microsoft launched the ‘Share your Idea’ campaign. The contest allowed HoloLens fans to submit an idea for a HoloLens app. The winner would have his app created for the HoloLens.

After thousands of submissions, the contest is over and Microsoft has chosen a winner: Galaxy Explorer. This is the app description:

“Explore the Milky Way galaxy and learn more about the region of space we call home.Userscan navigate the galaxy at their own pace using natural gestures and voice commands. Tap on anything to get detailed facts and stats. Draw a path through the galaxy and see an animated view of how long it would take to make the trip by car, by rocket, by fictional starship, or as a light beam. Then land on a planet, and get a sense of really being there. Surfaces in your room are transformed to resemble the landscape of a moon or planet. A natural, futuristic UI makes it easy to zoom in and out over millions of miles of space, filled with the amazing natural wonders that fill the Milky Way!”

Microsoft has a small team of developers working on Galaxy Explorer and they’ll be making a series of videos detailing their progress. The first video was released yesterday.

The team is giving themselves six weeks to complete the project. When it is ready for release, it will be released as a free app and Microsoft will make the code open source.