Microsoft HoloLens gets real with robotics, surgery, architecture

By Jared Newman
PCWorld, Apr 29, 2015

PCWorld_MS_HololensAt the 2015 Build conference, Microsoft tried to prove that HoloLens is more than just a neat gimmick.

The company showed off several new demos for its “mixed reality” headset, which can map digital imagery onto the user’s physical surroundings. While previous demos had focused on fun ideas like a virtual Mars walk and a living room-sized version of Minecraft, the Build presentation emphasized real-world applications for businesses and education.

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For instance, Microsoft showed how architects could use HoloLens to interact with 3D models, laid out virtually in front of them on a table. They might also be able to examine aspects of a building site at full scale, with virtual beams and walls rendered before their eyes. Read more…

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