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HoloLens 2 gains auto eye positioning and more in 20H2 update

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What you need to know

  • The 20H2 update is now available for the HoloLens 2.
  • The update adds auto eye position support and several other new features.
  • The update also addresses several issues and bugs.

The HoloLens 2 has a new update that brings the device to version 20H2. The update includes several new features, including auto eye positioning, new options for IT professionals, and more. The update also addresses issues and includes several fixes.

One of the most noteworthy features of the update is auto eye positioning. Usually, the HoloLens 2 requires people to go through eye tracking calibration. With auto eye positioning, the headset can work in the background to figure out a person's eye positions. Here's Microsoft's description of the feature from an updated support doc (opens in new tab):

Auto Eye Position (AEP) enables these scenarios with an interaction-free way to compute eye positions for the user. Auto Eye Position starts working in the background automatically from the moment the user puts the device on. If the user does not have a prior eye tracking calibration, Auto Eye position will start providing the user's eye positions to the display system after a small processing time. This processing time typically is between 20 - 60 seconds. The user data is not persisted on the device and hence this process is repeated if the user takes off and puts the device back on or if the device reboots or wakes up from sleep.

Here are the highlights from that same support doc:

FeatureDescription
Auto Eye PositionSupport Actively computes eye positions without users going through active calibration.
Certificate ManagerAllows new simpler methods to install and remove certificates from the Settings app.
Auto-launch provisioning from USBProvisioning packages on USB drives automatically prompt the provisioning page in OOBE.
Auto-confirm provisioning packages in OOBEProvisioning packages are automatically applied during OOBE from the provisioning page.
Automatic provisioning without using UIHow to combine the provisioning auto-launch and auto-confirm together.
Using Autopilot with Wi-Fi connectionUse autopilot from device Wi-Fi without need for ethernet adapter.
Tenantlockdown CSP and AutopilotAfter tenant enrollment and the policy is applied, the device can only be enrolled in that tenant any time the device is reset or re-flashed.
Global Assigned AccessNew configuration method for multiple app kiosk mode which applies the kiosk at the system level, making it applicable to all.
Auto-launch an app in multi-app kioskSets an application to launch automatically when signing into a multiple-app kiosk mode.
Kiosk mode behavior changes for handling of failuresKiosk mode failure now has restrictive fallback.
HoloLens PoliciesNew policies for HoloLens.
Cache AAD Group membership for offline KioskNew policy allows users to uses group membership cache to use Kiosk mode offline for set number of days.
New device restriction policies for HoloLens 2Device management policies enabled newly enabled for HoloLens 2.
New power policies for HoloLens 2Newly supported policies for power timeout settings.
Update PoliciesNewly enabled policies allowing control of updates.
Enabled Settings page visibility for HoloLens 2Policy to pick which pages are seen in Settings app.
Research modeUsing Research mode on HoloLens 2.
Recording length increasedMRC recordings no longer capped to 5 minutes.
Improvements and fixes in the updateAdditional fixes in the update.

Following the update, the HoloLens 2 can work with Autopilot with a Wi-Fi connection. Previously, the headset required a wired connection through Ethernet for this feature.

The support doc has extended sections for each highlighted point, including how-to guides and detailed explanations.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

1 Comment
  • I can't tell you how excited I am for auto eye position. My challenge with deployment has always been when a new person puts the HoloLens 2 on and has to go through the calibration. In addition it only stored 12 sets of eyes. So you were limited if multiple were going to use above that 12 limit.