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Microsoft's Alex Kipman teases MWC 2019 announcements with a cryptic trailer

MWC 2019

Microsoft Technical Fellow and HoloLens inventor Alex Kipman just posted this slick, sci-fi teaser trailer on his personal YouTube page, along with flashing text for "Barcelona" and the date, February 24, 2019. The date refers to Microsoft's Mobile World Congress 2019 (MWC) press event.

Microsoft announced its involvement a few weeks back, with CEO Satya Nadella expected to attend alongside Kipman. MWC typically revolves around phones, but in recent years, it has come to incorporate laptops and tablets as well, as computing generally becomes more mobile. Microsoft isn't expected to reveal anything phone or tablet-related, however, and certainly not the widely-rumoured "Surface Andromeda" folding phone. Instead, it looks as though it could be HoloLens 2 on the docket.

HoloLens has enjoyed a charmed life as an enterprise gadget, landing Microsoft a massive $480 million dollar contract with the U.S. army for its potential as an augmented head-mounted display in military and engineering scenarios. The contract could also balloon to 100,000 devices in the future too, no doubt incorporating HoloLens 2 and all of the expected improvements along with it.

In a recent Ask Dan video, our executive editor Daniel Rubino noted that HoloLens 2 could be using a Snapdragon processor, ditching Intel's now-discontinued Atom line for improved battery life and potential LTE options.

Either way, it won't be long before we find out for ourselves what Alex Kipman is teasing, with MWC 2019 just around the corner on February 24, 2019.

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13 Comments
  • Are you blind? It's obvious. Microsoft will announce the very first terminator T-1000 the model from Terminator 2.
  • Wow, beating Boston Robotics to the punch?
  • Yeah I'm surprised too. This might lead to a war between Google and Microsoft robots. Could destroy the whole planet especially if they use Alexa voice commands for the atomic bombs in the US now.
  • Surface Tree confirmed
  • Well, there are scientists experimenting with glow in the dark trees so you wouldn't be far off.
  • I don't know why, and it's probably the coffee talking, but for a second, I read this as "grow in the dark trees." Glow in the dark trees? Reminds me of that old movie Ferngully.
  • Things Possibly teased:-
    1) HPU 2.0
    2) Material-Carbon Fibre
    3) Flexible design
    4) Thermal improvment
  • This teaser video makes me think it is NOT HoloLens 2. It starts as something rigid (coal deposit, metal ore?) and is flattened into a flexible strand that is then weaved together to create a rigid structure. Are they introducing some kind of graphene tech?
  • The first shot looks like a HPU 2.0 chip. Then carbon fibre as a material thus making it lighter weight like the rumors on HL2 suggested also helps out on durability which is a good factor to take on industries like construction and assembly.
  • The clue is at 0:18 folks.
  • Metal with embedded circuits...? Conducting graphene perhaps?
  • Happy to see a real release, and not just a bunch of mumbo-jumbo talk about the Microsoft Graph, Azure the "world's computer", Edge Computing, Ambient Computing, the rise of AI/ML, blah blah blah di blah blah, without any devices to back it up. This teaser w/ Alex Kipman's tweet makes it seem like MWC might actually be worth attending this year.
  • Surface Spectacles. It's the phone that's not a phone! A Hololens at mobile world congress. There's your teaser.