Microsoft To Award $500K in Prize Money To Five Worthy HoloLens Projects
Through its Academic Research Request for Proposals, Microsoft today announced five awards each worth of $100,000 and two HoloLens development kits. Awards will go to accredited, degree-granting non-profit US universities or educational institutions, which are due to be announced this October 6th.
As per the official reasoning, the initiative is intended “to better understand the role and possible applications for holographic computing in society.” Microsoft considers the awards as seed-funding for larger initiatives that could spur research for mixed reality and encourage more people to take part in making applications for holograms.
Microsoft is extremely passionate about their HoloLens project. The company sees the upcoming hardware as more than a simple heads-up display, which is far beyond the narrow confines of gaming and tech-related activities. The Redmond said in today’s post on the HoloLens for Research website:
Microsoft HoloLens goes beyond augmented reality and virtual reality by enabling you to interact with three-dimensional holograms blended with your real world. Microsoft HoloLens is more than a simple heads-up display, and its transparency means you never lose sight of the world around you. High-definition holograms integrated with your real world will unlock all-new ways to create, communicate, work, and play.
Microsoft has invited proposals from, but not limited to, the following areas of interest:
- Data visualization
Example: Using mixed reality to make large data sets easier to navigate and understand
- Evolution of pedagogy in STEM, medical, and design education
Example: Using existing 3D assets or new 3D assets for high-value training (e.g., interactive 3D models for medical training)
- Future of communication and distributed collaboration
Examples: Remote training and support, first-responder emergency management, and virtual conferences
- Interactive art and experimental media
Examples: Narrative storytelling, new forms of artistic expression, interactive journalism
- Psychology-related topics
Examples: Human perception and human-computer interaction
- Solving difficult problems and contributing new insights that are specific to the applicant’s field
Microsoft stresses that all proposals must be written in English and need to be absolutely complete. The deadline for sign-ups is set to September 5, 2015 at 11:30 pm PST.