Liz Hamren, the CVP for Microsoft Devices Marketing, has announced in her first blog for Microsoft today that they have officially launched 3 projects dedicated to mixed reality. These projects are Microsoft Reactor in San Francisco, Mixed Reality Capture Studios, and San Francisco Mixed Reality Academy.
San Francisco already seems like the Mecca of Mixed Reality so far, at least when it comes to Microsoft – with 2 of the projects already being housed there. To begin with, the Microsoft Reactor (680 Folsom in SOMA) is the flagship venue for the two other Mixed Reality projects.
The aim of the Microsoft Reactor is to further enhance the expertise of the MR experts. This will incorporate with Microsoft’s intent to bring its Bay Area developers under one roof, for practical implementations of their unique and vibrant perspectives. In turn, this will lead creators to work on innovative cutting-edge and immersive experiences based on the MR field.
Next in the new MR lineup of Microsoft is the Mixed Reality Capture Studio in Redmond. The studio preserves ‘thousands of performances’ for more than seven years now. The performances gathered are from the creators of all fields or industries – starting from musicians to educators, and animals too!
The studios let users create holograms, which can be used for MR experiences ‘from 2D screens to fully immersive VR.’ Microsoft aims at making high-quality holographic snaps accessible for the MR creators across the world.
Accordingly, Microsoft looks for further global expansion of the studios, with the first licensed one to open in London, with its partners Digital Catapult and Hammerhead – ultimately forming Dimension. Check out more details here.
Last but not the least, the San Francisco Mixed Reality Academy – this provides the developers with the tools needed to create MR experiences. The inception of the academy in Redmond, 2 years back, showed the vastness of impact for an MR-learning environment. The popular courses in Redmond are now brought to its San Francisco version.
Learn more about the Mixed Reality Academy offerings here.
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