It was only a short time ago that Microsoft introduced their first AR headset called the Hololens. People were able to see digital objects in a physical setting which was quite brilliant to see. Unfortunately, the screen itself was rather small and only managed to make a small impact in today’s market. However, according to Thurrott, Microsoft is set to release the next gen Hololens in Q1 of 2019.
We mentioned a couple years back that the next generation Hololens might be arriving in 2019 and Microsoft seems to be sticking to their guns on this. According to sources, the next-gen Hololens will be equipped with an ARM-based processor that will help boost battery life. It will also include the Kinect sensor which is currently used for Xbox. Microsoft will be including an AI chip of some kind to enhance the overall AR performance of the device.
The next Hololens is also rumored to be cheaper, though we don’t know by how much. The headset will feature various improvements in architecture which allows it to be more comfortable, lighter, and come equipped with a better overall display (hopefully a lot larger display).
According to the leaked documents, the next-gen Hololens is codenamed Sydney. Microsoft has also codenamed other devices such as Carmel for Surface Pro 6, Andromeda for the two-screen hand-held device, and Scarlett for the next-gen Xbox which is set to arrive some time in 2020.
The documents itself were produced by Terry Myerson during is tenure as the head of Windows and Devices Group for Microsoft. He left the company back in March so plans may have shifted since then.