Microsoft Has Half a Million Dollars for Five Worthy HoloLens Projects

Microsoft has big plans with their HoloLens and they’re also aware that they might not come up with all its uses on their own. The Redmond giant created five awards each worth a hundred thousand dollars in what they call the Academic Research Request for Proposals.

Along with the $100K comes two HoloLens development kits and it will go to accredited universities, which ones will be announced on October the 6th. Microsoft wants to better understand the role and possible applications for holographic computing in society.

Some of the uses for augmented reality could be data visualizations and 3D models for medical training, but the possibilities are almost endless. These are some of the ideas they’ve already had on the Redmond campus, so it is time to get some fresh ideas.

You need to have what it takes and really bring it to the table as Microsoft stresses that these proposals need to be absolutely complete and that those submitting them be fully capable of carrying out the research or experiments. That means high-value research that later could be featured in some of the world’s finest academic journals and pave the way for a future with more holograms. The deadline for sign-ups is set to September the 5th and the academic institution needs to be US-based.

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COUGAR 500K Gaming Keyboard Announced

Following in the footsteps of the 700K and 600K keyboards, Cougar announced they new 500K Gaming keyboard. The new keyboard targets gamers who either are on a budget or just likes membrane keyboards, but at the same time don’t want to miss out on the gaming features. It is one of the few real N-Key Rollover membrane keyboards on the market and by including all the pro gamer functions of the acclaimed COUGAR 700K, it should make a pretty good keyboard for gamers on a budget.

“When it comes to features and functionality, the 500K is the best membrane keyboard currently available. For a start, being an N-Key Rollover membrane keyboard it outclasses all the non-NKRO keyboards and competes directly with high end mechanical keyboards. Apart from doing away with the precision gap between membrane and mechanical keyboards, the 500K also includes a whole set of premium gaming-oriented features.”

Mechanical keyboard users probably won’t be convinced by this new release, but everyone might have a potential next keyboard here with the 6 fully customizable Gaming-keys as well as dedicated keys for recording macros, profile switching, backlight control, Windows-key hardware lock, and a detachable palm rest.

There is a clear error on the box image release and added above as it says it is a mechanical keyboard, and it isn’t. Just to point that out again. No word on price or availability at the time of writing.

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