Minecraft Takes on a “Whole New Life” with HoloLens

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Microsoft HoloLens to take NASA scientists to Mars.

‘OnSight gives our rover scientists the ability to walk around and explore Mars right from their offices,’ said Dave Lavery, program executive for the Mars Science Laboratory mission at Nasa headquarters in Washington. To view holographic realm, members of the Curiosity mission team don a Microsoft HoloLens device, which surrounds them with images from the rover’s Martian field site. Microsoft unveiled its wireless HoloLens headset yesterday, which can project 3D images into the wearer’s field of view – making it appear as if screens, games, people and even planets are in front of them. WASHINGTON: NASA has teamed up with Microsoft to develop a new software that will enable scientists to work on Mars virtually using a wearable technology. Scientists will be able to examine the rover’s worksite from a first-person perspective, plan new activities and preview the results of their work first hand.

OnSight will use real rover data and extend Curiosity’s existing planning tools by creating a 3D simulation of the Martian environment where scientists from world over can meet. Jeff Norris, JPL’s OnSight project manager explained: ‘We believe OnSight will enhance the ways in which we explore Mars and share that journey of exploration with the world.’ Until now, the scientists have examined Mars imagery on a computer screen, but even 3D stereo views lack a natural sense of depth that humans use to understand spatial relationships. It will assist researchers in better understanding the environment and workspace of robotic spacecraft – something that can be quite challenging with their traditional suite of tools. At the unveiling of the HoloLens, yesterday, which coincided with the launch of Microsoft 10, CEO Satya Nadella described the system as ‘magical’ – but would not say how much it will cost.

For example, scientists can programme activities for many of the rover’s science instruments by looking at a target and using gestures to select menu commands. Microsoft hopes that already existing augmented and virtual reality companies, like Oculus VR, Magic Leap and Google Glass, will use Microsoft’s hologram programming for their own devices.

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