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Microsoft pitches HoloLens to businesses creating 3D models

Fred O'Connor | July 14, 2015
Microsoft is attempting to woo businesses with its HoloLens augmented reality headset, demonstrating how the device could be used to aid in 3D modelling.

Users can customize a virtual workspace with universal apps, said Alex Kipman, a technical fellow at Microsoft's Operating Systems Group who's leading HoloLens' development. During the demonstration, a HoloLens engineer launched the apps by clicking on a hologram of a globe. Instead of a menu appearing, the apps showed up as holograms around a room that was set up on stage. Some of the apps appeared as panels, or in the case of a weather program, as a 3D image of a beach scene that was placed on a side table.

The HoloLens engineer also launched a video app, placed it on the wall and watched a movie. After saying, "follow me," the engineer had the app follow her as she walked around the room. Next, she placed the app on another wall and increased its size.

The ability to move and resize windows will work on all Windows universal apps, Kipman said.

Microsoft hasn't offered pricing information for HoloLens or given an exact launch date, only saying it will be available during Windows 10's lifetime.

 

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