Microsoft Launches HoloLens 2 - A New Generation of Augmented Reality Headsets

Microsoft Launches HoloLens 2 – A New Generation of Augmented Reality Headsets

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Microsoft’s new version of augmented reality (AG) headset is created to assist all types of workers for a better performance. The company launched the $3,500 HoloLens 2 Sunday in Barcelona, at an annual event for the mobile industry. The new HoloLens 2 is a lighter, more efficient, and slightly cheaper version of the original one. It deals with the two major problems present in the previous model. Firstly, the narrow field of view, and secondly, the comfort when wearing the device. The company reveals the second generation headset has an extended field of view, without any cutback in visual quality. Thus HoloLens 2 has a much larger field of view, and it is capable to detect real objects in the room.

The headset features new components like an ARM processor, Azure Kinect sensor, and a set of eye-tracking sensors. So the eye tracking feature knows where the user is exactly looking. This can be utilized to manage some interactions. The HoloLens 2 can identify user’s eye position and use that information as a type of user interface. It has a pair of speakers, the visor flips up. Besides, the device can notice the movement of user’s hand more precisely than before. User can do video conferencing with n 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

The new headset has an ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor. Being an ARM processor it has a smaller battery. Although, users can pre-book the devices which will be delivered later this year. The HoloLens 2 headset will cost $3500, less expensive than the commercial prize of its first generation. The company is also offering a subscription option for $125 per month. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, said this new medium is just the starting of the new era. People will be able to experience the potential of connecting the digital world with the physical world. Microsoft also said the latest version is three times more convenient that before. The company intends to partner with other large companies for business applications. The list of tech giants include Saab, Airbus, and Honeywell.

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