HoloLens, the augmented reality headset by Microsoft.

Microsoft held its second conference on Windows 10 and its consumer news yesterday (21st of January), announcing that this update is free for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, and Windows Phone 8.1. Plus, the Redmond company has created a nice surprise unveiling the HoloLens, a pair of glasses for viewing holograms.

HoloLens is a complete computer, 68d91e7d-0ec2-45fb-899d-612b546550ea_d815288c8d718c00ab40bc89df032faewith a processor, a powerful graphics circuit and an adapted version of Windows. It has motion sensors, like those of the Oculus Rift, which allows the user to move around the virtual object that adapts its position according to the user miovements. It also benefits from the expertise of Microsoft for capturing movement, developed with Kinect, and is supposed to allow you to easily interact with that content, just with your hands.

At the time Google announced the stop of its glasses connected sales, Microsoft comes with an object that could be the definition of augmented reality for professionals and the general public.

Watch the HoloLens presentation video, It’s worth seeing !

Stay tuned.

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Zuckerberg’s 3 predictions for Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg held a public Q&A session in Columbia two days ago (14th of January), and some answers are really juicy.
Indeed, besides focusing on a new initiative consisting in giving free basic Internet access to everyone in the country, Zuck emphasized three points, answering to the question “How Facebook would look like in 10 years?” :

  1. There will be way more people connected on the internet
  2. There will be more and more communication and sharing tools
  3. A lot of new platforms

With this third point, Zuckerberg highlighted the fact that today’s platforms are computers and smartphones for the majority of people, but technology is moving fast, and we will definitly have other platforms coming up in the next years. Here is Mark Zuckerberg full quote :

“I think it’s pretty easy to imagine that in the future we will have something that we can either wear — and it’ll look like normal glasses (so it won’t look weird like some of the stuff that exists today). And you’ll just be able to have context with what’s going on around you in the world and communicate with people and not have to disrupt your conversations by looking down.”

Clearly, augmented reality and virtual reality are the bullet points to remember from Zuckerberg thought, and it shows us that Facebook did not purchase the company Oculus VR (creator of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift) by coincidence.

You can see the full talk here, move to 44:00 for the part I talked about.

Stay tuned.