Microsoft has released a new version of its augmented reality (AR) headset, and has aimed the kit squarely at business users.
HoloLens 2, unveiled at MWC Barcelona over the weekend, boasts better immersion that its mixed reality predecessor, offering advancements across the board, including in the visual display system, making holograms even more vibrant and realistic.
Microsoft has more than doubled the field of view in HoloLens 2, while maintaining the holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of sight.
The company has also completely refreshed the way a user interacts with holograms in HoloLens 2. Taking advantage of the new time-of-flight depth sensor, combined with built-in artificial intelligence and semantic understanding, HoloLens 2 enables direct manipulation of holograms with the same instinctual interactions an individual would use with physical objects in the real world.
HoloLens 2 also offers a more balanced centre of gravity, the use of light carbon-fiber material and a new mechanism for donning the device without re-adjusting.
In a blog post, Microsoft Azure corporate vice president Julia White signalled the company’s attention to target business users with the HoloLens 2. She said: “Since the release of HoloLens in 2016, we have seen mixed reality transform the way work gets done. We have unlocked super-powers for hundreds of thousands of people who go to work every day. From construction sites to factory floors, from operating rooms to classrooms, HoloLens is changing how we work, learn, communicate and get things done.”
“We are entering a new era of computing, one in which the digital world goes beyond two-dimensional screens and enters the three-dimensional world. This new collaborative computing era will empower us all to achieve more, break boundaries and work together with greater ease and immediacy in 3D.”
HoloLens 2 will be available this year at a price of $3,500. The device will be initially available in the US, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand.