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Microsoft unveils more HoloLens capabilities

01 May 2015  | Jessica Lipsky

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Microsoft is also collaborating with Case Western University's Cleveland Clinic on using HoloLens to teach students about anatomy. HoloLens has potential to revolutionise education by bringing 3D content into the real world, Professor Mark Griswold told attendees.

"One of the biggest challenges for students learning anatomy is how systems work together," he said. "Using holograms, we can separate and focus on different systems."

Griswold demonstrated how a student could increase the size of a holographic heart to study its valves. Professors could also understand what students are learning when both parties are wearing VR goggles, he added.

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Kipman said HoloLens' learning and exploratory opportunities go beyond medicine and construction to art, chemistry and even paleontology. The time is ripe for holographic mixed reality, he continued, as Moore's Law and lower hardware prices drive the industry.

"All the different pieces are starting to fall into place. As we enter this decade, the amount of processing power you can get in a small form factor at a reasonable price point is stunning," Kipman said. "We are going to put a different emphasis on computing power—new workloads. We're going to start using all of this power specifically to understand humans and the world around us."

A pre-recorded video envisioned an all-in-one, untethered, hands-free device run on batteries. The company did not provide additional details on battery life or how it planned to achieve a wire-free use case.

Instead, Kipman put the onus on developers to create use cases and apps. "The holographic journey starts with you," he said.


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