Microsoft Offers Academics $500K for New Holographic Computing Uses
Microsoft (MSFT) believes it has seen the future and the future is now. The vendor is offering academic researchers a total of $500,000 to come up with new use cases for holographic computing that could potentially leverage its new augmented reality HoloLens technology.
The vendor has come up with some practical areas to apply holographic computing, such as data visualization, interactive art, human-computer interaction, and psychology but it believes that’s just the beginning. So it’s dangling $100,000 and two HoloLens development kits for the five best proposals from researchers to come up with something more.
“We are pleased to announce the Microsoft HoloLens Academic Research request for proposals (RFP), which will enable the academic community to join us in advancing the creation of new holographic computing experiences,” wrote Jeannette Wing, Microsoft Research corporate vice president, in a blog post.
“This emerging technology teems with opportunity, so we’ve issued this RFP to inspire the academic community to investigate the potential roles and applications for holographic computing in society,” she wrote. “Additionally, we want to stimulate and advance academic research in mixed reality and encourage exploration of new possibilities in holographic computing.”
Wing said Microsoft expects researchers to come up with “novel ways of using HoloLens,” ranging from interactive teaching to mixed-reality art and beyond. While the vendor isn’t confining research proposals to any specific list of fields, in particular it’s interested in research that will use HoloLens to help solve problems in data visualization, pedagogy in STEM, medical and design education, communication and distributed collaboration, interactive art and experimental media, and, psychology-related applications, including human-computer interactions.
Microsoft said it expects the awards will be used as seed money for larger funding initiatives, proofs of concept or feasibility demonstrations. The vendor has set up a web page for researchers to get more information and details on submitting and RFP. The application deadline is September 5 at 11:30 pm PT.