The HoloLens could receive a major cloud-powered boost

The HoloLens could receive a major cloud-powered boost

To achieve mass-market appeal, an augmented reality headset must be compact and light enough for regular use, which limits the amount of hardware that can fit inside. It’s a restriction that often makes it difficult to perform the complex rendering involved in generating 3D content. Microsoft, however, isn’t about to let that get in the…

Microsoft is trying to get into 3D printing

Microsoft is trying to get into 3D printing

Look no further than a company’s patent trail to understand its expansion plans. If some moonshot technology suddenly comes up in a filing and never resurfaces again, it’s likely just the legal department trying to make the most out of employees’ overflowing imagination. But if that technology starts appearing in more applications over time, then you may have just stumbled…

Microsoft has found a way to halve the size of mobile cameras

Microsoft has found a way to halve the size of mobile cameras

Microsoft’s mobile engineers appear to be paying close attention to the work of their peers over at its application development business. In that world, if a certain component is used multiple times throughout a project, you simply split it off into a standalone library that is shared among the other program files to avoid burdening…

Microsoft is developing 3D folders for Windows 10

The rows of folders you see in Windows Explorer may soon be replaced by interactive 3D cubes with contextual navigation aids to help you find files and applications judging by a recent patent filing from Microsoft that was published last week. The new scheme aims to address what Redmond perceives as a fundamental problem with the present arrangement.…

Microsoft is helping developers build robot brains

As a $340 billion company, Microsoft naturally has its activities spread out over a great many areas, the least advertised of which is probably robotics. Its vast developer division includes a little-known unit focused exclusively on autonomous control software that is quietly toiling away at the most fundamental challenges standing in the way of pervasive…

Microsoft’s HoloLens will closely guard your privacy

It can sometimes seem as if the more entwined technology grows with our lives, the less privacy  is left, a cycle Microsoft now hopes to break with its HoloLens. One of the newest patent fillings to have come out of its augmented reality unit reveals that the forthcoming headset will feature a special mechanism designed to prevent software from directly accessing…