During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft revealed their second-gen AR headset called HoloLens 2. The official launch of this headset was well received, considering the device is lighter, cheaper, it comes with far better visuals; CNET adding that it also has “the most advanced hand tracking system.”
Microsoft HoloLens 2 New Features and Specs
What makes the HoloLens better than its predecessor?
Apart from what we have mentioned above, the device has an eye tracking feature. Near the nose ridge, the headset contains cameras and sensors pointed toward the eyes of the user, tracking their movement. HoloLens 2 also has an iris recognition feature that will let you log into the headset through Windows Hello.
Anything you want to control, you do it with your hand and voice with the help of Cortana – there are no controllers for it. The headset recognizes many hand gestures, and the improved field of view is definitely an upgrade.
The AR headset will only last for about three hours until the battery drains.
HoloLens will work with cloud apps over a Wi-Fi connection. The headset is $3500, and it is an excellent purchase for those that work in the military or industry. Microsoft has announced apps for HoloLens like Dynamic 365 Guides so that companies can add instructions in AR for their users. Another app called Dynamic 365 Layout will let users create maps and store them via MS.
Inside, the HoloLens hides a Snapdragon 850 Compute Platform from Qualcomm, and a second-gen Holographic Processing Unit. The HoloLens 2 comes with a 2K display for each eye, compared to the 720 display on the first HoloLens. HoloLens 2 also has a 5-channel microphone array, and can be connected through a USB Type-C, 802.11ac 2×2, but has no cellular connectivity option.
Microsoft has yet to announce a release date, but they are taking pre-orders.
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