The new AR device from Microsoft is much better than the previous one, and thanks to the hands-on experience from Jordan Novet with the CNBC, we learn why the HoloLens 2 is an improved headset compared to the previous one.
HoloLens 2: Lighter, Better, Faster!
Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 is not available at the moment, but you can preorder it and get it later this year. Novet got a hands-on experience with the headset and noted several improvements over the original device.
HoloLens 2 feels lighter, thanks to the redistribution of weight from the front to the back of the device. The headset’s battery and other components were moved to the back, making the device more balanced, Novet adding that he spent over 20 minutes on the HoloLens and didn’t even noticed how fast time passed.
The field of view is larger, so the user can better see the holograms. The eye tracking technology is much accurate and faster:
“At one point in the demonstration, I was shown a box full of text, and the text continued beyond the bottom of the box. This is where eye tracking worked really well.”
Novet added that as he was reading the last two lines, the text began to slide upward to let him read the next lines, and when moving his eyes at the top of the box, the text went back to the beginning.
Eye tracking takes around two minutes to configure, and HoloLens 2 also lets you log into Windows Hello.
Microsoft’s new augmented reality headset is an improvement over the original one, and the changes it brings will make it popular, but at the price of $3,500, it will not be aimed at consumers – it focuses on fields like the police force, car design, engineering, and even medicine. Nonetheless, Microsoft also faces competition in the AR and VR field, where the popular gaming headset from HTC Vive and Oculus Rift also make their way into these fields of work.
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