Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2 headset


The HoloLens is Microsoft's own Mixed Reality (MR) headset and yesterday, it got a successor.

One of the main criticisms of the original HoloLens was its field of view - that is, how much of the computer-generated interface the wearer can see without turning their head.

Microsoft stated that the HoloLens 2 brings a lot of improvements over its predecessor.

"We have more than doubled the field of view in HoloLens 2, while maintaining the industry-leading holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of sight", it said.

Microsoft's HoloLens 2 addresses some of the concerns that were vocalized by first generation HoloLens users. It also comes with a few innovative features for controlling the device with voice commands and eye tracking.

Last week, a group of 50 Microsoft employees signed a letter addressed to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith, protesting the company's HoloLens deal with the military. It also integrates improved eye-tracking features that make interacting with holograms even easier, and even includes iris recognition, making multiple-person login easy.

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First unveiled alongside the news that Windows 10 would be a free update for its first year, the HoloLens platform was created to revolutionise work and play.

"Time-to-value is accelerated by Microsoft mixed reality applications like Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, Dynamics 365 Layout and the new Dynamics 365 Guides applications", it explained. Trimble's device will be available at the same time as HoloLens 2, Kipman indicated. Upon acceptance to the program, Microsoft provides training, technical assistance, sales and marketing enablement, and business planning.

Hololens 2 also has a new thermal management system with vapor chamber tech.

CNN believes more than Microsoft 100 employees have signed the letter so far. It also integrates the ability to flip up the headset's visor to easily switch between tasks. Units are expected to begin shipping later this year.

The workers have demanded Microsoft to cancel the Integrated Visual Augmented System (IVAS) contract, cease developing any weapons technologies, and appoint an external ethics review board. The cost for HoloLens 2 was described as being $3,500 with bundles starting at $125 per month for developers.