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Microsoft Debuts 84-Inch Surface Hub Touch Display, HoloLens Augmented Reality Headset

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Alongside officially debuting Windows 10, Microsoft today unveiled two new futuristic hardware products, the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset, and the Microsoft Surface Hub, an 84-inch 4K touch screen tablet with multi-touch and multi-pen support, dual camera, and advanced sensors.

The Microsoft Surface Hub runs a version of Windows 10 that's been adapted for the huge 84-inch display, and Microsoft showed the device being used in workplace meetings, as a hub for communication. The screen was used for making drawings and notes, and content projected to the Surface Hub was then shared to all people on a Skype conference call. The Surface Hub was also demonstrated using various Microsoft apps adapted for a larger screen.

Microsoft Surface Hub, image via The Verge

Microsoft has not announced pricing, but the Surface Hub is aimed at enterprise users and is likely to be quite expensive.

The company's second major product debut was the Microsoft HoloLens, which is a headset that uses holographic see-through lenses to allow its users to see and interact with holograms in an augmented reality environment. The HoloLens has spacial sound and advanced sensors to capture location information, allowing for a totally immersive holographic experience, and it has a built-in high-end CPU and GPU, as well as a "holographic processing unit" that processes information and data from the headset's sensors. "HoloLens enables native holographical computing," said Microsoft Kinect developer Alex Kipman.


There are no wires or external connections, and there is no need to have a phone or PC to use the HoloLens. Running a version of Windows 10 called Windows Holographic, the HoloLens knows where a user is looking, providing a virtual display that can be interacted with to launch apps.

In a video, Microsoft showed a holographic view that saw a virtual to-do list projected onto a real refrigerator, and a set of quick-launch apps portrayed on a wall for easy access. It was able to display virtual maps, reminders, and information like weather, all laid over a real view, with Microsoft promising it delivers "new ways to visualize work."

With HoloLens, a Skype conversation could be projected on a wall, or people could play a holographic version of Minecraft. "Imagine an architect walking around their designs while clients are viewing it from a remote location," said Kipman.

On stage, Microsoft demoed something that it calls Holo Studio, which can be used to design personalized 3D creations in just minutes, which can then be 3D printed. The Holo Studio was used to create a full-on quad copter in just a matter of minutes, which was fully functional.


Microsoft's holographic computing was also demoed with the Mars Rover, as Microsoft has had a secret partnership with NASA developing the HoloLens. "We've had the great honor of partnering with one of the most innovative organizations in history," said Kipman as an immersive image from the Mars Rover was displayed on the screen. NASA's been using the technology to allow its scientists to walk on Mars.

According to Microsoft, the HoloLens will launch during the Windows 10 timeframe, which means that it could be available for purchase at some point later this year. Attendees at Microsoft's event today will be able to give the HoloLens a try immediately in Microsoft's lab. More information on the HoloLens will be available in April at Microsoft's Build Developer Conference.

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rmsanger

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Did a double take as I thought I read Microsoft debuts 84 inch Surface Hot Tub Touch Display...

My interest was perked!
 
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KdParker

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If this works as well as the Kinect, MS could be on to something awesome.

I know there are practical uses for manufacturing and medical fields etc....

But the gaming would be sweet if this can be developed on multiple platforms.
 
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nagromme

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With AR being more applicable to (some) workplaces than to everyday life, and with Microsoft offering stereo 3D to do the job better than Google Glass, I could see HoloLens finding a successful niche with a long time to grow.
 
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evansls

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HaloLens is augmented reality as seen in Iron Man (and many other scifi movies) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux0TVLCCLOM

HaloLens promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aThCr0PsyuA

When I wore Google Glass, it felt like a TV was stuck to my eye and so it was very straining to use, because I didn't have any peripheral vision. I could never look away from what was on the screen. I thought Google Glass would project the content onto a wall, but instead when I turn my head the content would move with me.

So, with HaloLens, this is exactly what I'm expecting: the augmented TV is going to stay fixed on wall and the TV shouldn't follow me around the house unless I tell it to follow me or I can project it on a different wall. This is the future not Google Glass.
 
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ThunderSkunk

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Meanwhile in Cupertino, where Apple's sitting on more money than most countries have, they've...

...determined after years of making 11" notebooks and 13" notebooks, that really, they should make 12" notebooks.


Awwwesooome.
 
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derbladerunner

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More vaporware from Microsoft.

I don't think that's true in this case as the article (confirmed by other articles on the web) says:

According to Microsoft, the HoloLens will launch during the Windows 10 timeframe, which means that it could be available for purchase at some point later this year

Even if it's delayed and comin in early 2016, the technology looks quite unique and advanced.

Developers will need some time anyway to create compelling apps (I guess mostly games on the consumer side) for HoloLens.

I know this is a Mac/Apple site, but for once Microsoft should be given kudos for creating a new computing platform.
 
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scottsjack

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Meanwhile in Cupertino, where Apple's sitting on more money than most countries have, they've...

...determined after years of making 11" notebooks and 13" notebooks, that really, they should make 12" notebooks.


Awwwesooome.

Not that we don't know what is going on in Cupertino's secret labs but the last couple of years has been pretty boring. The MP has really limited use, a FCP dongle as it was described in a forum. The mini has as many disadvantages as advantages when compared to the previous version. There is still no Mac for hardware enthusiasts, also no current display or 17" laptop.

Other than silly social stuff and a "new look" OS X really isn't any better than it was a couple of versions ago. So sad.
 
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dmylrea

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I guess Apple will soon be buying the HoloLens patents so they can call that "theirs" too? (or, suing MS because they already have a patent for it).
 
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The Barron

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Apple knows what sells.

Meanwhile in Cupertino, where Apple's sitting on more money than most countries have, they've...
...determined after years of making 11" notebooks and 13" notebooks, that really, they should make 12" notebooks.

Awwwesooome.
Apple doesn't need to waste its time designing & attempting to make a profit with products that are DOA at the get go.
 
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Rogifan

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Meanwhile in Cupertino, where Apple's sitting on more money than most countries have, they've...

...determined after years of making 11" notebooks and 13" notebooks, that really, they should make 12" notebooks.


Awwwesooome.
And every time Apple releases something new people complain about the expanding product line and how Steve cut all this stuff when he came back to Apple. :)
 
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