Holographic Cortana Appliance

May 11, 2017

Holographic Cortana Appliance

This is a concept Cortana appliance I’ve built. It’s basically what I imagined Microsoft’s version of Alexa or Google Home would be like if they were to use the holographic AI sidekick from the Halo franchise. While still a work in progress, I just wanted to show how it’s coming along.

Here are more details on the project: http://unt1tled.com/blog/cortana-holo…

Cortana is an intelligent personal assistant created by Microsoft for Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1,[7] Microsoft Band, Xbox One,[8][9] iOS, Android,[10] and Windows Mixed Reality.

Cortana can set reminders, recognize natural voice without the requirement for keyboard input, and answer questions using information from the Bing search engine.

Cortana is currently available in English, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese language editions, depending on the software platform and region in which it is used (see the section on regions and languages for details).[11] Cortana mainly competes against assistants such as Apple‘s Siri, Google‘s Google Assistant, Samsung‘s Bixby, and Amazon‘s Alexa.

Windows Mixed Reality (formerly Windows Holographic)[1] is a mixed reality[2] platform developed by Microsoft. It was announced at the “Windows 10: The Next Chapter” press event on January 21, 2015[3] and was released on March 30, 2016 simultaneously with the launch of the Development Edition of the Microsoft HoloLens.[4] It is expected to be widely available for PC’s in 2017[5] and for the Xbox One Family including Project Scorpio in 2018.

The platform works by enabling applications in which the live presentation of physical real-world elements is incorporated with that of virtual elements (referred to as “holograms” by Microsoft[6][7][8][a]) such that they are perceived to exist together in a shared environment. A variant of Windows for augmented reality computers[2] (which augment a real-world physical environment with virtual elements) Windows Mixed Reality features an augmented-reality operating environment in which any Universal app can run. In addition, with Windows Mixed Reality Platform APIs, which are part of the Universal Windows Platform, and supported as standard in Windows 10 (including versions for mobile devices and Xbox One), mixed reality features can be readily implemented in any Universal Windows App, for a wide range of Windows 10-based devices.[9][b]

Microsoft (/ˈmkrəˌsɒft, r, ˌsɔːft/,[5][6] abbreviated as MS) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office office suite, and Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox video game consoles and the Microsoft Surface tablet lineup. As of 2016, it is the world’s largest software maker by revenue,[7] and one of the world’s most valuable companies.[8]



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