When we began 2017 few would have likely predicted that Microsoft would have as busy a year in the field of immersive technology as they have had. Whilst their Hololens head mounted display (HMD) remains a highly expensive commodity for businesses and organisations and not one necessarily meant for the home that hasn’t stopped its target audience picking up the headset and using it in a number of creative ways, such as in sports and, as reported yesterday, the Hololens has been used in the medical sector so that surgeons across three continents could consult during a procedure.
Microsoft themselves have recently highlighted some of these other project, including videos from the Ford Motor Company showcasing how they are utilizing it when designing the cars of the future. As well as how police in the UK are using Hololens as the latest crime fighting tool.
The big continued developments have though been around Microsoft’s Mixed Reality (MR) platform and the array of HMD’s on offer to consumers. Including the recent reveal of the Samsung Odyssey, the Lenovo Explorer (which VRFocus was able to get an early hands-on with), as well as the likes of the DELL Visor and Acer’s MR HMD. With the release of many of the headsets – you can read our guide to everything Windows MR related here – being made earlier this month, Microsoft have also had to worry not just about the hardware but the software side as well.
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update arrived at the same time as the product launch on October 17th, but what exactly can you do with it? A recently released video presented by Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow of the Operating System Group at Microsoft, goes through these new features for developers, including those who are already building MR apps for the HoloLens and the line of Windows Mixed Reality HMDs. With Microsoft seemingly eying the platforms becoming one.
You can see the video below. VRFocus will continue to bring you the news throughout the immersive technology sector. Check back regularly for the latest on the fields of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and, of course MR.