What are the non-gaming applications for AR? Microsoft is keen to find out


Microsoft is turning to the world of academia to explore the potential of HoloLens, offering five $100,000 grants to universities and research institutions.

While HoloLens played a critical role in Microsoft's E3 conference, this new initiative suggests that the applications for the hardware remain unclear. Microsoft is offering five grants of $100,000 - each with two HoloLens dev kits - to appropriate non-profit organisations, in order to, "better understand the role and possible applications for holographic computing in society.

"Additional goals are to stimulate and advance academic research in mixed reality and encourage applications of holograms for novel purposes."

In a post on the Microsoft Research website, the company offered a little guidance on the areas it would like to see explored: psychology, data vizualisation, communication and collaboration, education in fields like medicine and STEM, and interactive and experimental media. Each grant represents a year in funding, at which point the recipient will need alternative sources of support.
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