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Hardware New Technology

Microsoft HoloLens

The HoloLens is a product under development by Microsoft and is scheduled for release at the same time as their Windows 10 o/s. It provides functionality similar to other products in the realm of augmented and virtual reality – currently “hot” topics!

A hologram is an image of an object which is superimposed in your view of the real world. It is not a real object and cannot be felt or touched because it doesn’t have any mass. A user views the object using specially designed lenses or glasses which incorporate technology to create images on the lens surface. Some devices incorporate sound, through speakers, to provide a more immersive experience.

Microsoft HoloLens features see-through, holographic, high-definition lenses and spatial sound so you can see and hear holograms in the world around you. Complete with advanced sensors and a new Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) that understands the world around you, Microsoft HoloLens is able to run without any wires while processing terabytes of data from the sensors in real-time.

http://youtu.be/aThCr0PsyuA

(http://youtu.be/aThCr0PsyuA)

Further information is available from the Microsoftwebsite at

http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us

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Software Tools

Node.js Tools for Visual Studio

Microsoft and the “community” has developed Node.js Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS) to enable the development of Node.js applications ( v0.10.20 or later) using Visual Studio (VS2012 and VS2013).

NTVS is a free open-source plug-in available from CodePlex for Visual Studio and is provided under the Apache licence. It currently is available as an Alpha release and only supports the full VS editions – Premium, Professional, Test Professional and Ultimate

http://nodejstools.codeplex.com/

When installed you can quickly get started developing your Node.js application

NTVS

Watch a general overview of NTVS at

( http://youtu.be/W_1_UqUDx2s )

Scott Hanselman has written a useful article “Introducing node.js Tools for Visual Studio” which can be found here

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/IntroducingNodejsToolsForVisualStudio.aspx