Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2 augmented reality AR headset

Microsoft Showcases HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality Headset Demo Designed as a Dedicated Workplace Tool.

Although the new version of the device  is based on the previous concept, but has three important innovations. First of all, an eye tracking system has been added, which allows you to interact with virtual objects without turning your head and only using your gaze. Iris recognition also ensures the use of biometric data for user identification and authorization in services. At the same time, the technology allows you to work with glasses.

HoloLens 2 doesn’t have physical controllers as Microsoft relies entirely on hand tracking and voice control. Sensors now take into account changes in the position of 25 points on the hands, including movements of the wrist and fingers, plus they can recognize the direction of the palms.

The field of view in the new device is almost doubled and is now 52 degrees. This is comparable to viewing a hologram through a book-sized window. The resolution has been increased to the equivalent of a 2K display per eye, but the image density remains the same – 47 pixels per degree. The projection is created using a mirror and three lasers at 120 frames per second.

Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2 augmented reality AR headset

The headset is equipped with a Qualcomm 850 processor and an artificial intelligence system. HoloLens 2 weighs 566 grams. Additionally, it will be possible to jointly view the same 3D model using Microsoft cloud services. The device works autonomously and can connect to the network via Wi-Fi, but the company plans to add support for 5G. The new version of the device is already available for order for $ 3500.

So far, the company is not striving for mass production, but is improving systems. However, in the future, virtual reality technologies will radically change our workplaces..

text: Ilya Bauer, photo: James Martin / CNET

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