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Microsoft’s HoloLens Competition Grant Winners

Microsoft put out the call this summer for innovative, academic applications using its HoloLens augmented reality headset, offering $100,000 and two dev kits each to five winning universities. Today, Microsoft named the victorious schools, ranging from Carnegie Mellon University to Clackamas Community College. The winners include a program aimed at “augmenting reality for the visually impaired” and two projects that rely on open-source or collaborative data analysis — in AR, of course. Plus, Microsoft said it received too many great ideas to stop at five, so it’s handing out two dev kits to an additional five universities. The runners-up include a project called “DinoLens” (yes, please), a program focused on helping humans perceive ultraviolet and ultrasonic waves and an app for stroke rehabilitation.

Winners: Golan Levin, The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO, Carnegie Mellon University: Open-Source Investigations in Mixed Reality Emily Cooper, Wojciech Jarosz and Xing-Dong Yang, Dartmouth College:Augmenting Reality for the Visually Impaired with Microsoft HoloLens Joseph Gabbard and Doug Bowman, Virginia Tech: Collaborative Analysis of Large-scale Mixed Reality Data Andy Mingo, Tawny Schlieski, Nikki Dunsire, Shelley Midthun, J Bills, Clackamas Community College & Intel, HoloLens Curriculum for Trade-based Education Allen Yang, Professor Claire Tomlin, and Shankar Sastry, University of California, Berkeley: Immersive Semi-Autonomous Aerial Command System (ISAACS)

Source: Microsoft will hand out $500K to these five HoloLens grant winners