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Reality Headset HoloLens by Microsoft Gives Dutch National Museum Visitors New Experience in Netherlands

The Dutch National Museum is now using HoloLens, a product from Microsoft to implement augmented reality and to create holograms of the exhibits they want to

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Netherlands, November 7, 2016: Almost all of us have visited a museum at least once in our lifetime and also have been dead tired after scrutinizing all the artifacts that interest us. Well, what if we did not have to walk those long hallways and giant rooms to explore the relics? What if we could witness all of it without significant movement throughout the museum?

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The Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, Netherlands has accomplished it with the help of researchers at Delft University. The museum did not have enough room to exhibit all the relics it possesses.

To solve this problem, and make the museum more informative, the museum took help from researchers at Delft University. “Right now, 80% of the stuff that they have at the museum, they can not show and that’s a shame” a researcher at Deft University, Annalies Maltha said to Reuters.

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The museum is now using HoloLens, a product from Microsoft to implement augmented reality and to create holograms of the exhibits they want to. The visitors can experience different artifacts and historic relics using these holograms. One such example is the virtual manifestation of an ancient Egyptian temple which was reconstructed inside the premises in 1971.

The researchers are also using HoloLens to scan every place inside out and then create a three-dimensional model and by using different softwares they can also add more features, interaction with pictures, presentations, and scaling or other transformation options to the models to make the experience more informative.

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As augmented reality is being utilized in this case, it helps you feel the ancient aura of the relics and reconstructions but unlike virtual reality, it does not shut you off from the outside world. There are also possibilities of you interacting with the objects in the environment.

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This impressive idea is still under development but the prospects of utilization of this technology are limitless. The increase in the level of interaction with the antiques will peak the interest of everyone and attract a larger crowd, mainly youngsters amazed by such applications.

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Cuba Gets Nationwide Internet For A Day

“We need to be able to put the content of the revolution online,” he told parliament in July, adding that Cubans could thus “counter the avalanche of pseudo-cultural, banal and vulgar content” on the internet.

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Cubans check their phones at an internet hotspot in Havana, Cuba, Aug. 10, 2018. A day of free, expanded internet was provided by the state-run telecommunications company
Cubans check their phones at an internet hotspot in Havana, Cuba, Aug. 10, 2018. A day of free, expanded internet was provided by the state-run telecommunications company. VOA

Cuba’s government said it provided free internet to the Communist-run island’s more than 5 million cellphone users on Tuesday, in an eight-hour test before it launches sales of the service.

Cuba is one of the Western Hemisphere’s least connected countries. State-run telecommunications monopoly ETECSA announced the trial, with Tuesday marking the first time internet services were available nationwide.

There are hundreds of WiFi hotspots in Cuba but virtually no home penetration.

Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, considered the country’s social media pioneer, raved that she had directly sent a tweet from her mobile. In another tweet, she called the test a “citizen’s victory.”

A young Cuban checks his phone at an internet hotspot next to a picture of late revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Havana
A young Cuban checks his phone at an internet hotspot next to a picture of late revolutionary hero Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Havana. VOA

On the streets of Havana, mobile users said they were happy about the day of free internet, even as some complained that connectivity was notably slower than usual.

“This is marvelous news because we can talk with family abroad without going to specific WiFi spots, there is more intimacy,” said taxi driver Andres Peraza.

Forty percent of Cubans have relatives living abroad.

Leinier Valdez, one of a group of young people trying to connect, said, “this is great. Its better and more so when you can connect for free.”

Hotspots currently charge about $1 an hour although monthly wages in Cuba average just $30.

The government has not yet said how much most Cubans would pay for mobile internet, or when exactly sales of the service will begin. But ETECSA is already charging companies and embassies $45 a month for four gigabytes.

Analysts have said broader Web access will ultimately weaken government control over what information reaches people in a country where the state has a monopoly on the media.

Cuba has lagged far behind most countries in Web access.
Cuba has lagged far behind most countries in Web access.

Whether because of a lack of cash, a long-running U.S. trade embargo or concerns about the flow of information, Cuba has lagged far behind most countries in Web access. Until 2013, internet was largely only available to the public at tourist hotels on the island.

But the government has since made boosting connectivity a priority, introducing cybercafes and outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots and slowly starting to hook up homes to the Web.

Long before he took office from Raul Castro in April, 58-year-old President Miguel Diaz-Canel championed the cause.

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“We need to be able to put the content of the revolution online,” he told parliament in July, adding that Cubans could thus “counter the avalanche of pseudo-cultural, banal and vulgar content” on the internet. VOA