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Microsoft Planning to Combine Mixed Reality with Smartphones

However, Microsoft is not the only company thinking towards working on improving MR, VR and Augmented Reality (AR) experiences and mix them up with future smartphones

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Microsoft is planning to combine smartphones with improved Mixed Reality (MR), a new patent filed by the company indicates, a report said.

In the patent, Microsoft is talking about the different input methods that could be leveraged when combined with smartphones to allow users to interact better with the virtual environment, web portal MSPoweruser said in the report on Thursday.

“The Virtual Reality (VR) experience may allow a user to interact with virtual objects in the experience. Various input devices for facilitating such interaction exist, such as hand-held controllers that provide translational and rotational input,” the report quoted Microsoft as noting in the patent.

Along with taking inputs from the phone, the software giant has highlighted the idea of expanding phone features by adding MR overlay

“The VR experience may represent a representation of the input device that visually displays the device and also provides a user interface for interacting with the device and the VR,” the patent reportedly added.

Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay

The patent shows that the software giant is exploring new ways of incorporating VR and MR in its future devices, especially smartphones.

However, Microsoft is not the only company thinking towards working on improving MR, VR and Augmented Reality (AR) experiences and mix them up with future smartphones.

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Recently, Apple published an update titled, “Systems, methods and graphical user interfaces for interacting with Augmented and Virtual Reality environments”, as part of an existing patent filed in August 2018, the media had reported.

The patent filed by the iPhone-maker also shows that the company could be planning to develop an AR-based headset that would work alongside an iPhone to enable users experience an environment where computer images are overlaid on the real world. (IANS)

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US, China Must Shun Individual Interests, Says Microsoft President

According to Smith, the US and China need a bilateral relationship that serves the interests of each country

FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

At a time when the US and China are at loggerheads over the transfer of technology and cyber security concerns of Huawei’s 5G technology, the two nations need to think not only about their own individual and collective interests but also about what their relationship means for the rest of the world, Microsoft President Brand Smith has emphasized.

The rest of the world – with almost 80 per cent of the global population – is depending on the outcome of their talks, added the Microsoft executive in his book titled “Tools & Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age”.

“If the US and Chinese governments each allege that the other country’s homegrown technology can’t be trusted, there is a risk that the rest of the world will conclude that both are right and turn toward other sources,” Smith noted.

Amid the US-China trade war, a top executive of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei said this week that the US needs to hold talks with the company in order to reach a trade deal with China.

According to the company’s Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy, the trade war between the two is affecting American companies and workers more than it hurts Huawei.

He said the company spent $11 billion on US supplies last year and an estimated 40,000 jobs in the country depend on its business.

According to Smith, “governments should be more circumspect and careful when considering tactics that make a point through criminal prosecutions or other serious legal actions against specific firms of individuals”.

Meng Wangzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of the Chinese telecommunications giant was detained in Canada last December.

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FILE – A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

The case against Meng was filed amid a broader campaign against the Chinese tech company by the US government, which claims Huawei’s networking equipment poses a national security threat. The company also faces charges in Seattle that it tried to steal trade secrets from T-Mobile.

“Looking beyond 5G, steps to shut out long lists of technology services in many other areas are likely to be both unnecessary and counterproductive.

“It is in the economic self-interest of the world’s two technology leaders to keep most of their technology markets open to others, thereby setting an example for the rest of the world to continue,” Smith asserted.

Working groups from China and the US will meet next week to resume trade talks aimed at putting an end to the ongoing tariff dispute between the two economic superpowers.

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US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that a planned hike from 25 to 30 per cent in duties on certain Chinese imports worth $250 billion that was scheduled to take effect on October 1 would be postponed by 15 days to prevent an escalation in trade tensions before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

According to Smith, the US and China need a bilateral relationship that serves the interests of each country.

“This requires the continued building of a stronger education and cultural foundation to connect the US and China. Put simply, the world needs a stable relationship between the two countries, including on technology issues,” he wrote. (IANS)