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Meet The Microsoft Hololens 2

Meet The Microsoft Hololens 2

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During the MWC conference Microsoft finally unveiled the news and press behind the all new Hololens 2. The successor of the original Microsoft Hololens, the second generation will be providing a more immersive and spatial experience.

The second generation headset features a laser-scanning display called MEMS which enhances the original FOV by more than two times on the first Hololens. They state that it is the most powerful efficient 2K display in existence. Another cool feature is being able to log into your Hololens through Iris recognition.

The front enclosure is made entirely out of carbon fiber for light-weight, durability, and aesthetically pleasing reasons.

But the 3 components that Microsoft is really concentrating on is around immersion, comfort, and time-to-value. Microsoft stated that they’ve improved the Hololens 2’s comfort by more than 3x.

OpticsSee-through holographic lenses (waveguides)
Resolution2k 3:2 light engines
Holographic density>2.5k radiants (light points per radian)
Eye-based renderingDisplay optimization for 3D eye position
Head tracking
Eye tracking
DepthAzure Kinect sensor
IMUAccelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
Camera8MP stills, 1080p30 video
Audio & speech
Microphone array5 channels
SpeakersBuilt-in, spatial audio
Human understanding
Hand trackingTwo-handed fully articulated model, direct manipulation
Eye trackingReal-time tracking
VoiceCommand and control on-device, Natural Language with internet connectivity
Environment understanding
6DoF trackingWorld-scale positional tracking
Spatial mappingReal-time environment mesh
Mixed reality captureMixed hologram and physical environment photos and videos
Compute & connectivity
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 850 Compute Platform
HPU2nd generation custom-built holographic processing unit
WiFi802.11ac 2×2
Single size
Fits over glasses
Windows Holographic Operating System
Dynamics 365 Remote Assist
Dynamics 365 Layout
Dynamics 365 Guides
3D Viewer
OneDrive for Business

“Today represents an important milestone for Microsoft,” said Julia White, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure. “This moment captures the very best efforts and passion of numerous teams spanning Azure, HoloLens, Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Devices — this truly is a moment where the sum is greater than the parts. From cutting-edge hardware design to mixed reality-infused cloud services, today’s announcements represent the collective work of many teams. And none of this would be possible without our passionate community of customers, partners and developers.”

Hololens 2 Availability

Hololens 2 will be available some time this year in 2019 according to Microsoft. It will start at $3,500 which is relatively similar to the original headset. Bundles including Dynamics 365 Remote Assist start at $125/month. HoloLens 2 will be initially available in the United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand. You can pre-order here.

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