Microsoft, Autodesk Team Up for HoloLens Product Design
By combining Microsoft's augmented-reality headset with Autodesk's software, the companies hope to speed up product design and prototyping.Microsoft and Autodesk, known for its computer-aided design (CAD) technology, are teaming up to help turn HoloLens into a part of the modern product designer's technology toolkit. "We are happy to announce that Microsoft HoloLens is partnering with Autodesk Fusion 360 on a solution that we believe could change the way industrial designers, mechanical engineers and other product development fields work together," wrote Ben Sugden, studio manager for Microsoft HoloLens, in a company blog post. "Fusion 360 is the ultimate cloud-based 3D design collaboration tool for product designers and engineers." Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud-based platform that integrates computer-aided design, computer-aided engineering (CAE), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and collaboration into a single toolset. Sugden described the offering as a "natural partner for HoloLens—which we think is the best 3D content visualizer on the planet." Powered by Windows 10, HoloLens is Microsoft's stab at extending its software ecosystem into the burgeoning field of virtual and augmented reality. A self-contained headset senses the world around the user and overlays 3D images in real-time.
During Microsoft's Windows 10 hardware event on Oct. 6, the company announced that the HoloLens Development Edition will begin shipping during the first quarter of 2016 in the United States and Canada with a price tag of $3,000. After developers take a crack at the futuristic device, Microsoft is hoping that product designers will be among the first to scoop up HoloLens.