Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hololens cheaper and lighter and...

Go find any other instance of depth sensing within an image generation optical system.

MVIS's system is that.


I believe this is very powerful evidence MVIS is inside....

...and the evidence suggests that Hololens functionality will be included in everyone's Windows 10 installation in April or so.


Techradar

As the patent explains: “The disclosed optical system thus eliminates the need for both a dedicated image-generation optical system and a dedicated terrain-mapping optical system within a device that requires these dual functionalities…the disclosed optical system represents a substantial advance toward producing compact and lightweight NED devices.”

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

LiDAR for Border Security?

Maybe a border security system that recognizes who is crossing the border?


France24.com

The same technology used in self-driving cars is being touted as a potential high-tech solution to the US border wall conundrum -- with some added benefits.

At least one startup at the Consumer Electronics show is showcasing how Lidar, a laser-based detection system widely used in autonomous vehicles, could be deployed along the US-Mexico border at a far lower cost than a physical wall or fence, and with fewer environmental impacts.

Quanergy Systems, among a handful of tech firms working on Lidar border security, is showing to CES attendees its technology being deployed in pilot projects on the India-Pakistan frontier as well as a small section of the southern US border.

"We offer a solution that is more capable than a physical wall," said Louay Eldada, chief executive and co-founder of the Silicon Valley startup.

"It can see day and night in any weather and can automatically track intruders, and give the GPS coordinates in real time to patrol officers."

Eldada said such a system would cost "about two to three percent" of the price of a physical barrier for the entire US-Mexico border.

Economist biggest stories of the year

Good find by Ben
AR up first.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Hololens and Bricks and Mortar

Retail is struggling. But a lot of people miss it. Mixing the two could create some interesting and profitable efficiencies.



WinBuzzer

Microsoft has shown it is not quite ready to give up on the physical shopping experience just yet. For example, last year we discussed the company’s efforts to compete with Amazon Go. Microsoft is reportedly working on bringing an automated shopping experience to bricks and mortar locations.
As the company pushes more into retail, it could be Mixed Reality that changes the physical shopping experience. Of course, Microsoft has done more than most to develop Mixed Reality and make it viable in real-world scenarios.
A recent Microsoft Patent shows a method for placing shopping buttons within a virtual reality render. As you may know, Mixed Reality blends the virtual with the real, so this shopping button would interact with real world environments and objects.
"“Disclosed is a system and method for mixed reality that includes a holographic button (eg, a 3D object) that can be downloaded from a provider’s website. The holographic button allows a user in the mixed reality world to order the article by interacting with the holographic button. The user in the mixed reality world can place the holographic button near a relevant real object. Whenever the user interacts with the real object through its mixed reality (ie virtual interaction with the real object), the holographic button may appear so that the user can order the element associated with the holographic button.”"

Friday, January 4, 2019

Hololens Support DLLs

I'll give my best shot at explaining DLLs. (Dynamic Link Libraries) (I have just enough programming knowledge to be dangerous.)

There's a lot of functionality built into MS Windows. That functionality in terms of software are lists of instructions.

While being used, they're in the working memory of the computer (not on the hard drive). If your computer had to have all of it loaded into memory all the time, your computer's memory would be cluttered with a bunch of stuff it doesn't need. (For example, instructions to print on all the printers you don't have, as well as the one you do.)

So, Microsoft created Dynamic Link Libraries, so only the things that you're actually going to use are stored in memory - helps things run smoothly. If the programmer is good, they'll be put away when the computer is done using them, to keep things running smoothly.

Quora

Wikipedia

Developers get access to new DLLs before everyone else. They have to be able to develop software and find bugs in the new build of Windows before everyone gets it. When windows updates, they sometimes load new functions into your version of the software.

That background in necessary to understand this: The DLLs to drive Hololens 2 will be in the next build of Microsoft Windows 10.

The developers already have this, (that's how they found it) So, this will be equipping everyone who uses Windows 10 to use Hololens, sometime this spring.

I'm pretty confident that Hololens is going to make a huge splash, and that MVIS is in the display.


DLLS

Windows Report
WalkingCat posted what he has spotted in HologramCompositor.dlls on his Twitter page. There WalkingCat states: “Now this in HologramCompositor.dll in 19H1: Output: Dummy, Output: Indirect, Output: Hololens and Output: Sydney.” Thus, that DLL contains a reference to Sydney, which is reputedly the codename for the upcoming HoloLens 2.
Microsoft HoloLens 2 is slated for release in April 2019. So that might mean Windows 10 build version 1903 will support HoloLens 2 after Microsoft rolls out the 19H1 update. The Windows 10 19H1 Update will roll out sometime in spring 2019. April is the usual starting month for Microsoft’s springtime build updates.

WalkingCat

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sharp Spinning off Semiconductor Business

Pretty interesting... not sure what it means, but it deserves to be watched.



Japan Times


Sharp will set up two wholly owned subsidiaries that will absorb the semiconductor-related operations to be spun off, the company said Wednesday.

One of the two units will focus on semiconductors and sensors and the other on semiconductor lasers.
Sharp Chairman and President Tai Jeng-wu told reporters that the company’s management resources are limited in the field of semiconductors so he wants to tap overseas and domestic resources, showing eagerness to forge alliances with other firms including Sharp’s parent, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. of Taiwan.

Currently, Sharp manufactures semiconductor-related products at its plants in the prefectures of Hiroshima and Nara.

Kipman - European Inventor Award finalist

Thanks Bob! great find.

My highlights and emphasis....

Not so much about Kipman, but about what can happen with his invention -- and what will happen with the company that has the key technology for the display.

You and I are not alone in thinking that this technology is going to change the world profoundly.


European Patent office


"The resulting mixed-reality experience integrates computers seamlessly into daily activities - both at work and play."


Societal benefit

Some industry insiders believe that mixed-reality devices, like the HoloLens smart glasses, could replace smartphones. Experts at Gartner predict that, by 2020, 30% of web browsing sessions will be done without a screen.**** Major drivers for the technology include consumer demand for assisted navigation, gaming and live translations. In fact, by 2020, 100 million consumers will rely on augmented reality - as mixed reality is sometimes called - for personal shopping assistance (comScore).

Developers are currently creating a host of applications for Kipman's data glasses in the Windows Mixed Reality software environment of Windows 10. For example, the thyssenkrupp industrial group includes the glasses in their metering and quality control operations, while the famous American medical institution Cleveland Clinic offers an interactive digital human anatomy curriculum. In 2017, while operating on a patient to remove a malignant muscular tumour, Spanish surgeons used the HoloLens to simultaneously view live diagnostic pictures from magnetic resonance imaging and radiography data feeds.
Economic benefit

Perfected over the course of seven years, the HoloLens was first introduced by Microsoft as a prototype in 2015. It features Kipman's patented sensors for the company's Kinect video game controller. The HoloLens is currently available as a development edition aimed at software programmers for EUR 2 556. An enterprise version costs EUR 4 260.

Microsoft has sold around 50 000 HoloLens units, relatively few compared with sales of over one million virtual-reality headsets in the third quarter of 2017 alone. But the corporation, which earned EUR 73 billion during the fiscal year 2017, is strategically "seeding" the market for mixed-reality products through strategic development partnerships with companies such as Lowe's, Boeing, Saab and Volvo.

Consulting firm Digi-Capital estimated the world market for augmented- and virtual-reality devices at EUR 3.3 billion in 2016. The firm projects that, driven by next-generation mobile augmented-reality hardware, the market will reach EUR 85 billion by 2021. Once Microsoft has built an attractive mixed-reality library, products such as the three-dimensional teleconferencing app Holoportation could well join bestsellers like the Office 365 commercial suite with over 100 million users.


**** "Without a screen" is a key phrase... currently virtually zero web browsing sessions are done without a screen -- talk about a growth opportunity.


Personal computer sales are roughly 200 Million / year (statista)  That could be 60 million units of near-eye displays or pico-projection. 

Friday, December 28, 2018

Missing Stock, Hololens Speculation

Generally the old becomes scarce or unavailable, right before the new appears....

RoadtoVR


With so much momentum, it’s surprising to see that both the HoloLens Commercial Suite and Development Edition have been out of stock from Microsoft for what appears to be several weeks now. We reached out to the company to ask when stock is expected to return, but the company didn’t offer any timeline.
“Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition and Commercial Suite are out of stock and unavailable from Microsoft Stores. For customers looking to purchase HoloLens, please visit HoloLens.com for a listing of HoloLens resellers as well as rental options,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Road to VR.
We looked into the official HoloLens reseller for the US and Canada, Insight, but found that HoloLens is out of stock there too.