Microsoft has announced that it is offering $500,000 in prize money for proposals and academic research for its HoloLens augmented reality and virtual reality headset.
Microsoft is offering five awards consisting of $100,000 and two Microsoft HoloLens development kits each for the winning selected proposals.
Microsoft explains that the primary goal : “is 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.”
Proposals are invited 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
For more details on the Microsoft HoloLens proposal competition as well as all terms and conditions jump over to the Microsoft research website where everything has being made available.
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