Turnbull and Pyne try out Microsoft HoloLens

Mixed-mode reality hits the political world

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Malcolm Turnbull and Christopher Pyne have tried out Microsoft HoloLens. The Prime Minister and Minister for Industry, Innovation & Science, visited SAAB Australia in Adelaide to check out the mixed reality headset (previously augmented).

Saab Australia have been working with Microsoft to build simulation and education solutions in civil and military applications.

During a press conference after trying HoloLens, Prime Minister Turnbull said,

We know the technologies that are developed here, will drive our success in the future.

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This week at Computex, Microsoft announced their vision for Windows Holographic (the Windows 10 subsystem responsible for AR) will be now known as mix-reality as they open the platform to other hardware manufacturers.

Right now, that HoloLens Turnbull and Pyne are wearing is the developer edition, yours for the not so cheap price of $3,000. With partners like ASUS, Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, HTC, Acer, Dell, Falcon Northwest, HP, Lenovo, MSI, its likely we’ll see HoloLens-type devices for consumers arrive in 2017 at a much lower price point.

With Virtual Reality and now Mixed Mode Reality taking off heavily in 2017, the Government would be smart to invest in the technology for applications in business and education to assist their existing policies.

Image credit: @AndrewMeares

More information at Saab Australia.

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