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Just after Meta demoed the latest model of its augmented reality headset, Microsoft was not one to be upstaged. HoloLens manufacturer Alex Kipman took to the floor of the TED2016 conference to virtually teleport a NASA onto the stage of the actuallyt, while simultaneously projecting him onto the surface of Mars.


At the auditorium in Vancouver, NASA’s Jeff Norris, of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, appeared on stage. But Norris was physically across the street of the actuallyt, Kipman may see, through his mixed reality headset, a “hologram” of Norris walking and talking in front of him and, at a lower place his feet, the surface of the Red Planet. Norris said to the TED audience, “I’m in fact in three places. I’m standing in a room across the street, while I’m standing on the stage with you, while I’m standing on Mars a hundred million miles away.”

The Martian environment was created through data collected by NASA’s curiosity rover, enabling for a startlingly real replica of the planet’s surface. And, as amazing as that may be, the real gem of the show was this new application of Microsoft’s HoloLens: the competence to overlay multiple “holograms” into the same space and actually project entirely new settings around a user. The benefits for researchers, who may frequently be located in completely various parts of the world, is obvious, as remote team participants can virtually share the same data. And, additional than that, they can completely immerse themselves in this data.

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NASA is one of Microsoft’s initially users of the HoloLens, developing what they call OnSite, a platform to allow scientists to explore planets virtually. Outside of NASA, yet, Case Western University is via the innovation to turn it into virtual anatomical models for medical education and Volvo is via the headset to create cars. Perhaps the many amazing application may be the use of the HoloLens aboard the International Space Station, that allows for crews back on planet Earth to assist the ISS team.

“Today a group of scientists on our undertaking are seeing Mars as never preceding, an alien world created a little additional acquainted for the reason they are finally exploring it as humans should,” Norris said of OnSite project. “But our dreams don’t have to end with building it only like being there. If we dial this real world to the virtual, we can do magical things. We can see in invisible wavelengths or teleport to the top of a mountain. Perhaps a few day we will feel the minerals in a rock only by touching it.”

Kipman explained his take on the future for this innovation, “Put just I want to turn it into a new reality. A reality where innovation brings us infinitely nearer to every other, a reality where folks, not devices, are at the center of all things. I dream of a reality where innovation senses what we see, touch and feel, a reality where innovation no longer gets in the way but instead embraces who we are.” He introduced, “This is the future step in the evolution. This is Microsoft Hololens, the initially fully untethered holographic desktop. I’m talking of freeing ourselves of the 2D confines of traditional computing.”

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The HoloLens utilizes a variety of sensors, a fish-eye lens, and what Microsoft refers to as a “holographic processing unit” to power its device. Altogether, this allows for the HoloLens to perform spatial mapping at five frames per 2nd. Whilst Microsoft emphasizes the new digital objects with that you will be able-bodied to populate your environment, there are implications for 3D printing abound. You may be able-bodied to 3D scan items around you to modify them virtually preceding 3D printing them into reality.

Michael Molitch-Hou

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Michael is Editor-In Chief of 3D Printing Industry and the founder of The Reality™ Institute, a service institute dedicated to determining what’s real and what’s not so that you don’t have to. He is a graduate of the MFA Critical Studies & Writing Program at CalArts, and a firm advocate of world peace. Michael already resides in San Pedro with his magical wife, Danielle.