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Microsoft Offers Researchers $500k to Work on Hololens

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HoloLens on NASA's C9 jet

NASA and Microsoft engineers test HoloLens glasses on NASA's Weightless Wonder C9 jet.

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Microsoft is looking for new ideas on potential uses for its HoloLens augmented reality headgear. The company recently issued a request for proposals seeking projects that will help "to better understand the role and possible applications for holographic computing in society." Potential uses for data visualization, collaboration, interactive art, and teaching are of particular interest to Microsoft, which has yet to release the augmented reality system.

The new initiative is open to researchers in the U.S. who work at either an accredited, nonprofit, degree-granting university, or a nonprofit research institution. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 5, and a Microsoft internal review board then will choose about five proposals. The selected researchers will receive grants of up to $100,000 and two HoloLens development kits.

The awards will be announced Oct. 6, and the funding will likely serve as a seed for a larger project.

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