Serving in the AR-my: The Evolution of Microsoft’s Hololens 2 into Integrated Visual Augmentation System

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Augmented Reality, Augmented Reality Intelligence Service, Enterprise Transformation, Head-Mounted Displays, Insights

Months after awarding its lucrative contract to Microsoft, the US Army has revealed additional details regarding some of the specifics surrounding the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), based on the new Hololens 2 AR HMD. The new platform intends to increase soldiers’ effectiveness on both virtual and actual battlefields. Much like traditional VR, augmented reality is seeing meaningful adoption and … Read More

Meet Valve Index: SteamVR’s Latest Flagship Joins Next-Gen Virtual Reality Lineup

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Devices & Technology, Head-Mounted Displays, Insights, Virtual Reality, Virtual Reality Intelligence Service

After official confirmation of the validity of several leaks published this week, Valve has announced its intent to release its new VR HMD, called Valve Index, to the public on June 15. In addition to the device’s name and certain physical features like a manual IPD adjustment switch, which an earlier teaser revealed, other key features including a 90Hz refresh … Read More

The Amazing Race: How Stakeholders are Readying xR Platforms for Mass Adoption

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Augmented Reality, Augmented Reality Intelligence Service, Head-Mounted Displays, Insights, Software, Virtual Reality, Virtual Reality Intelligence Service

The importance of platforms, defined here as centralized groups of apps, first-party services, operating systems, and hardware, cannot be overstated in evaluating the progress of companies driving the next wave of xR adoption. Many major companies in the VR and AR space have begun 2019 by making important advances in the race to build a complete and compelling platform for … Read More

Microsoft Unveils Hololens 2, Shows The Path to the Third Wave of Computing

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Augmented Reality, Augmented Reality Intelligence Service, Devices & Technology, Enterprise Transformation, Head-Mounted Displays, Insights

The following is part of our Augmented Reality Intelligence Service, which includes data, analysis, and insights about augmented reality and related technologies. At a press event in Barcelona, during Mobile World Congress 2019, Microsoft executives and partners representing Trimble, PTC, Epic Games, and other virtual and augmented reality (“xR”) stakeholders, unveiled the successor to Microsoft’s breakthrough augmented reality HMD, simply called Hololens … Read More

Microsoft and GE Drive Industrial XR With IoT Innovation

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Enterprise Transformation, Insights

Microsoft’s new partnership with GE has major implications for the company’s future. The union is poised to affect General Electric’s customer facing IoT business, as well as its backend IT operations. As major global leaders on opposite ends of industrial IoT, both companies have ample experience in innovating new platforms and ecosystems which enable efficient and productive piloting piloting of new … Read More

The Pros & Cons of Microsoft’s New Strategy for Virtual Reality on Xbox

Alexis Macklin, Research Manager Alexis Macklin, Research Manager Insights

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When Phil Spencer, Executive President of Gaming at Microsoft, announced that Project Scorpio would become VR compatible, gaming and VR fans have been anticipating what the compatibility and ecosystem would look like. Will Xbox be Oculus Rift compatible? Or will Xbox become a part of the ever-growing Micorosft MR platform? Since that announcement, there have been doubts as time has … Read More

Microsoft Layout and Remote Assist: Consolidation, Disruption, Or Both?

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Augmented Reality, Enterprise Transformation, Insights

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The announcement of two new apps coming to Microsoft Hololens users represents a significant shakeup in the current content market for the company’s holographic computer. Microsoft Remote Assist and Microsoft Layout are indicative of yet another bold refocusing of priorities at Redmond. Lorraine Bardeen of Mixed Reality Workplaces noted that the apps came about as a result of “…expanding our … Read More