HoloLens insider knowledge

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Ben Gilbert’s Road to Fortaleza

We were quite staggered by HoloLens after the Windows 10 live event in January 2015. But if we take a closer look at Microsoft’s corporate history, we notice that the innovation is actually not that suprising remembering several rumours and leaks in June 2012.

That time, a confidential business presentation was uploaded to Scribd. The document contains important information about various Microsoft products and their future plans. Engadget’s Ben Gilbert traced the rumour to its source and summarized his insights:

“The document is largely focused on this next console and sensor (what became the Xbox One), as well as one more big hardware announcement: HoloLens. The alternate reality headset Microsoft announced a few weeks back was originally planned for announcement in 2014, and it’s been known by a few different names (“Kinect Glasses,” “Project Fortaleza” and “Screen Zero” all show up in several places on and off the document).

I’d wager it’s had a few other names since — every time I’ve asked Microsoft reps about Fortaleza since this document first leaked in 2012, they’ve clammed up and said nothing.”

via Microsoft leaked the Xbox One, HoloLens and more way back in 2012.

Besides this, Gizmodo’s Darren Orf refers to Gilbert’s article adding that

” At first, it seemed that HoloLens was destined to be an Xbox peripheral, or at the very least gaming focused.

Although Microsoft did have a neat (in theory) concept of Minecraft using the headset, the company seems more focused on the HoloLens becoming the next evolution in computing than just an Xbox One add-on.”

via So Long: RadioShack Officially Goes Bankrupt.

If you are interested in further insights into Microsoft’s leaks, read Ben Gilbert’s article here or his original article from 2012 here.

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Mixed Reality (MR)

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Reality- Virtuality Continuum

Currently we are talking about AR and VR. But there is still another buzz word that encompasses both terms and has to be considered: Mixed Reality (MR).

But what exactly is MR?

According to Wikipedia, MR is described as follows:

MR refers to the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualisations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.

Not taking place only in the physical world or the virtual world, but a mix of reality and virtual reality, encompassing augmented reality and augmented virtuality

via Mixed reality – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

So much for the theory. But what does Microsoft actually mean when talking about MR?

Therefore, Alaina Yee, tech editor from IGN, provided another Hands-On Review that explains HoloLens, Mixed Reality and her experiences with the new gadget.

Especially for those who prefer videos over reading Hands-On Reviews!

More detailed: Watch Alaina Yee’s “Behind the Scenes of Windows 10 / HoloLens Event” Podcast here

Minecraft 2.0

Microsoft bought Minecraft for $2,5-billion in September 2014. For those of you who don’t know what Minecraft is all about – watch the Minecraft Trailer [2014]!

Up to now it looked like this. Then HoloLens came out and opened up a completely new dimension of Minecraft: an AR Minecraft version. Only imagine the upcoming possibilities!

The aquisition was confirmed by Mojang in the following way:

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Minecraft Creeper

Yes, the deal is real. Mojang is being bought by Microsoft.

It was reassuring to see how many of your opinions mirrored those of the Mojangstas when we heard the news. Change is scary, and this is a big change for all of us. It’s going to be good though. Everything is going to be OK. ❤

via Yes, we’re being bought by Microsoft.

 

In the light of the above, TGN reacted on Microsoft’s HoloLens demo and speculates about where Microsoft might take Minecraft prospectively:

What do you think of an AR Minecraft version? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below!

If you can’t get enough from Minecraft, also watch Minecraft’s Xbox One version trailer.

Or read Mojang’s official statement here.