Microsoft is one of the leading manufacturers in the field of enhanced display, but the company has yet to introduce a consumer version of the Enhanced Reality (AR) helmet. According to the latest news of foreign media, Microsoft recently disclosed, for HoloLens helmet application software has reached 150 variety.
Previously, Microsoft sold the helmet to developers around the world at a high price of $ 3,000. According to the US science and technology news website TheVerge reported that Microsoft has disclosed that these developers have submitted a total of 150 kinds of application software.
One of the software, named HoloHear, helps the deaf to quickly convert each other's words into mute words. Another software, Teomirn, is a piano teaching tool that will show virtual holographic information on the real piano keys to help students practice.
In the global technology industry this round of virtual reality and enhance the reality of the boom, the vast majority of companies concerned about the virtual reality, such as Sony, HTC and Oculus have bulk sales of full-featured virtual reality helmet, enhance the reality is relatively cold.
So far, there is no company in the world, for consumers to sell large-scale reality to enhance the helmet or glasses. The progress in this area is disappointing to the outside world. Microsoft released a long time ago, the developer version of the HoloLens helmet, and the use of Windows10 conference on the outside world show the magic of HoloLens.
According to Microsoft's plan, will first provide developers with helmets, wait until the software or feature-rich, will launch a consumer version of the helmet. However, today, Microsoft still did not launch consumer products. This means that the function of Microsoft's HoloLens demo, still stuck in the paper, and the consumer's actual life and work has nothing to do.
Microsoft has never announced sales of HoloLens helmets, but Nomura Securities analyst said earlier its sales in the doldrums, is expected to 2017 second half, sales will increase. It is reported that some developers believe that the pricing of $ 3,000 is too high.
In the global virtual reality industry, helmet manufacturers tend to encourage developers to develop their own content and software through various means, so tend to give developers version of the helmet, or cheap sales, and even launched angel investment funds, incubators and other measures Counseling help.
Microsoft has announced that it will work with a number of computer manufacturers, the price is only a few hundred dollars cheaper HoloLens helmet, but today, manufacturers are not large-scale sales.
According to reports, Microsoft also announced that the virtual reality vendor Oculus's former chief marketing officer Liz Hamren will join the Microsoft AR project, the development of mixed reality and other technologies.
Unlike virtual reality, the main function of enhancing reality is to superimpose virtual information on real-world images and provide consumers with useful features such as some vendors preparing to display information such as AR information on the car's windshield, based on Holography. In addition, last year has been swept the world of Nintendo Pokemon GO game, but also so far to enhance the reality of technology and consumers from the nearest one & ldquo; kiss & rdquo ;.
It is worth mentioning that Apple CEO Cook has confirmed that the investment in the field of enhanced display, outside the report may be developing an AR helmet, and even may be in this fall and 10 years version of the phone with the release.
Microsoft AR plans to progress too slowly, whether it will give Apple and other latecomers to bring the opportunity to overtake, will be worthy of attention.
In addition, there are news before, because there is no strong competitors, Microsoft HoloLens plans to take the "slow action" upgrade plan, next year's second-generation helmet project will be canceled, Microsoft will launch in 2019 the third generation HoloLens helmet.