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Microsoft Opens Access to Sensor Data on the HoloLens With 'Research Mode' Update

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Microsoft has added a research mode to its HoloLens mixed-reality smart glasses, which will allow researchers and developers to tap into a wider range of data collected by the device's sensors.


Microsoft has added a research mode for its HoloLens mixed-reality smartglasses so researchers and developers can access a broader spectrum of sensor-captured data, including audio and video streams and computer-vision algorithms such as simultaneous localization and mapping for spatial mapping and motion.

The HoloLens data-capture process involves four light-sensitive grayscale cameras that track visual features in front and along the edge of the smartglasses. These sensors work in tandem with a camera that measures depth via infrared light using the time-of-flight technique; users also can route the smartglasses' output wirelessly to a computer or cloud environment for more intense data processing.

"HoloLens' abilities to visualize results of the algorithms in the 3D (three-dimensional) world in front of the user can be a key advantage," says Microsoft's Marc Pollefeys. "HoloLens-sensing capabilities can also be very valuable for robotics where these can, for example, enable a robot to navigate its environment."

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