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Published on February 25th, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise


Microsoft’s Mixed Reality HoloLens 2 Headset is Official

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Microsoft has joined the 2019 fray of new immersive reality headsets with Hololens 2. Nick Summers at Engadget gives a good overview on what was announced and demonstrated at the 2019 Mobile World Congress. Like Oculus Quest and the HTC Vive Focus Plus there is an emphasis on use cases for the enterprise so as to capitalize on the growing market for business adoption for AR, VR and with Hololens – MR.

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It will launch later this year for $3,500.

We knew it was coming, but now it’s official. Microsoft has unveiled HoloLens 2, a next-generation “mixed reality” headset that the company hopes will change “the way work gets done.” Microsoft says it will be more immersive and comfortable than the original, and provide “industry-leading value out of the box.” HoloLens 2 has more than double the field of view of its predecessor (Microsoft didn’t give an exact figure) while maintaining the same 47 pixels per degree of sight. The company says the change is equivalent to jumping from a 720p television to a 2K set for each eye. The headset will track your retinas to know exactly where you’re looking, too, and support Windows Hello authentication out of the box.

HoloLens 2 uses a new “time-of-flight” depth sensor, combined with some fancy algorithms, to track your hands controller-free. During a live demonstration, a Microsoft employee yanked various applications in 3D space, including a virtual piano and Microsoft Teams — the company’s take on Slack and Facebook Workplace. You can use a single finger or an entire fist to punch buttons and other interface elements in mid-air — it doesn’t really matter because none of these elements have any actual weight.

The new headset should be more comfortable thanks to carbon-fiber material and improved thermal management. There’s a dial for tightening the main headband, similar to PlayStation VR, and the main visor can flip up if you quickly want to concentrate on something else.

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