Microsoft could build a life-sized Cortana for HoloLens

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft Brings Cortana to More Mobile Devices.

One of the more interesting parts of the Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality initiative is the way Microsoft is listening to the public to direct some of its early-stage app development for the platform, through the Share Your Idea website launched earlier this month. Cortana, ’s voice-assistant has now been rolled out for select iPhone and Android devices and Cyanogen OS powered devices, the company said in a blogpost.The new interoperability between devices provides users with several new features, including setting reminders across devices, responding to missed calls via PCs, and advanced location tracking capabilities.This week was all about the new app that is having a hard time trying to rival other digital assistants, but people expect Microsoft Cortana to improve.

The next major release of Windows 10 codenamed Redstone is Cortana expected to be more smarter with deeper integration of Cortana, while Action Center to come with more functionality as well. For example, a user can tell Cortana via a PC to send a reminder to pick up a bottle of wine the next time the user is near a wine store, and have that reminder sent to a smartphone. The Halo-inspired digital assistant made its debut on Windows 10 when the OS launched back in July, and now the Redmond giant is working to make Cortana more functional and powerful.

She’s a Siri competitor that, as gamers will know, was derived from the Cortana artificial intelligence character in the Halo series of games. “Hologram of Cortana from Halo who you can talk to and interact with,” forum user LookItsKris wrote in his description of the idea for Cortana in Person. “Works in the same way as Cortana on desktop/phone. The comparison between the two apps started when Microsoft launched the application for iOS, making people curious of whether the new Cortana could replace Siri.

While for smartphones, Microsoft is developing an on-tap service for Cortana, which would be something similar to how Google Now functions allowing users to find useful contextual information when searching. In addition, the company is also planning to further integrate Cortana with its Office 365 suite of apps, facilitating with tasks across the different smartphone platforms and provide contextual information. Possibilities are endless.” Because Microsoft will actually build the top three ideas from the site, there is a chance that Microsoft will bring the idea to life for HoloLens, whose $3,000 development kits will be shipping in the first quarter of 2016. Apart from making Cortana more powerful, the report also adds that Microsoft is planning to strengthen the Windows 10 Notification Center (Action Center) with added functionality.

Given that the HoloLens headset will be running Windows 10, just like Windows-based PCs and eventually phones, it’s not hard to imagine Microsoft getting behind the idea of bringing Cortana to HoloLens. Cortana will, however not offer features like toggling settings, or opening apps and invoke Cortana hands-free by saying “Hey Cortana” on Android and iOS as it does on Windows Phone devices. Microsoft in its official blogpost said, “In addition, as a result of our close partnership with Cyanogen, we created a more integrated experience to enable Cortana’s voice activation ‘Hey Cortana’ on Cyanogen devices so you can call on her while on any screen or when you’re immersed in an app.” “The custom integration includes the ability to ask Cortana to toggle network modes, power down your phone, and turn on Quiet Mode amongst other features. While Android users already have the Google Now assistant and iPhone owners have Siri, many of them – particularly office and knowledge workers – probably also use Microsoft software, so Cortana can provide them with some integrated functionality they might not otherwise have.

He said the news marks a “big step” in delivering on Microsoft’s vision to make Cortana’s assistance available to users regardless of their devices of choice. Thus, we can see Microsoft continually trying to evolve some of the key highlights of its Windows 10, which include Cortana, Universal apps along with the Continuum feature.

The Redstone update is expected to arrive early next year, and is deemed to be a massive update that’ll significantly improve the overall Windows 10 experience.

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