Uses for Hololens in education

Less than 100 days ago, we revealed Hololens during the Windows 10 announcement, and since then we’ve all been waiting for a second chance to see it…

Hololens in Education

Well, last night, that finally happened at the \\Build\ conference as the team revealed what they have been working on, and especially focused on Hololens in education, with teaching and learning scenarios.

imageThey started with Prof Mark Griswold from Case Western Reserve University, talking about, and demonstrating live, the way that Hololens could be used to study anatomy, something traditionally done with a combination of textbooks, models and cadavers.


After that demo, they switched gears to demonstrate the use of Hololens to interact with, and programme, a Maker Kit based on the Raspberry Pi 2. That was a fascinating demonstration, as it showed how an object in real life – in this case a Maker kit robot – could be paired with an associated hologram to create a single object.


During the broadcast of the keynote, what the team effectively setup was a camera with a Hololens on, so that you see through the video what a user would see wearing a Hololens.

Without a shadow of doubt, there are going to be some amazing things done with Hololens in education – classrooms, learning spaces, lecture theatres and research labs - over the next few years, helping students to learn by doing as much as by watching.

You can watch the keynote, and download it (eg as a teaching resource) from the Channel 9 website.

Learn MoreWatch the keynote on the Channel 9 website, and fast forward to 2 1/2 hours for the Hololens section!
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Comments (2)

  1. Brian Foote says:

    I can't wait.  I teach IT at a college in Wisconsin and think I can replace traditional classroom teaching with really high quality online teaching.

  2. Tim Miltz says:

    To Brian Foote (post abovE)-

    This is exactly what I was thinking too.   Easily compliment classroom, but really ? When you can now have 10 rooms in one virtual room? I think the biggest impact for the Hololens will come in revolutionizing access and resources to K-12 education to start.   I could argue 7th grade and beyond perhaps.   I am convinced that such intercepting/complimenting eye and ear headgear will be able to get younger minds access to even more media resources without the expense of necessitating they be in a 'physical' classroom.   I used to argue, unless there is a need for a teacher to touch a student, I mean, short of the arts, gymnastics etc,  all the rest can be remoted through a virtual experience.  It's just that the hololens project, is a first step to making it seamless between student and environment.

    Personally? I intuit somewhere down the road an ability to tie into the optic nerve or visual cortex itself using some micro electromagnetic radiation approach.  I see MIT just a few days ago announced an ability to trigger TRPV1 receptors using injected nanoparticles into a brain.   Heh, kind of silly the first sensation of this technology was 'ouch', as the TRPV1 receptors notify the brain of pain from heat.  I forget, I think TRPV3 is almost 32 degrees F to being triggered and TRPV4 iirc, sends signals when the temperature DROPS below 32, to let the brain know it's freezing through that nerve sensory channel.  Who knows, TRPV receptors were only really mapped out just 20 years ago, so much more to go in understanding sensory phenomena and how the brain maps these signals.

    Either way – Hololens + education in my view = serious leap forward for human civilization.   Last I checked, Aristotle stated the most important focus for any generation, must be the next.    While current economic models may not encourage this without harnessing political models to follow, education, and access to education is – at 47 revolutions around the Sun for me – is the most important focus in a wonderful emerging global society.   I am torn between agriculture and education – however through education can come agriculture but chicken and egg one could argue – no mastery of agriculture, no opportunity for education, or maybe hmm…. base neolithic agriculture is base roots (no pun intended) to education.

    Hopefully the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will fast track the hololens for purpose of advancing education around the world.   While I've enjoyed programming for the last 37 years, that's really I think where I want to get involved to find peace and happiness 🙂

    And Bill, if you're reading this – hire me !  Heh, I'll work for little, I just want to get more involved in this technology.  Microsoft is into some real good things here with hololens.  It is only a first step I believe.

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