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.


Further information is available from the Microsoftwebsite at

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

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


Watch a general overview of NTVS at

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