Microsoft's HoloLens 2 is now official, and it's packing a new design and a number of useful improvements over the original. Alongside its unveiling today, just as it's done for its recent Surface reveals, Microsoft also put out a short, stylized video showing off how each part of the headset forms the whole, and it's gorgeous. Check it out above.
Apart from its looks, the HoloLens 2 makes some notable advances over the original HoloLens. The body is made out of carbon fiber and is designed to be more comfortable with extra padding. Inside, it's powered by a Snapdragon 850 processor, features better hand tracking, and includes built-in eye tracking.
One of the biggest changes, however, is an improved field of view, which addresses one of the biggest pain points plaguing the first HoloLens. Microsoft says it has more than doubled the field of view, all while keeping the same 47 pixels-per-degree spec as the original.
If you're keen on giving the HoloLens 2 a try, the headset is available to preorder today for $3,500 (opens in new tab). It's expected to start shipping out later this year.
HoloLens Part Deux
HoloLens, but better.
HoloLens 2 takes everything that made the original great and turns it up to 11. With a new carbon fiber body, extra padding, eye tracking, and a wider field of view, the headset should have no problem finding success among developers and firstline workers.
No matter how much market penetration this high end and arguably niche product achieves, it is the future. If Microsoft keeps iterating on this platform, it will be there with the experience it needs when AR is ready and available for everyday practical use by the general public. If I had a specific use that could justify a unit, I'd buy one! I'd also like to see a VR product from Microsoft. That would immediately be useful for gaming purposes, provided they makes games that can leverage it. I almost bought an Occulus. But I don't want to deal with a tether and Facebook owns it... That seemed like an odd and suspicious investment to me.
There is Windows Mixed Reality, which is actually pretty decent. I got one from Lenovo for $130. Not quite as good as the others, but it is significantly lighter and easier to set up.
Bolstering HoloLens with Windows 10 experience that keeps improving by the time, the upcoming generation models in this device category from Microsoft is going to be the next big thing of our times, we can see it already! So much partners and so many solutions and as an Architect myself I can't get to have a hands on experience with much cheaper and more powerful next generation consumer HoloLens. Kudos to MSFT and Team.
They outdid themselves here. This comes from the most valuable company in the world... Kudos Next comes Andromeda
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