Microsoft Unveils the new HoloLens 2 at MWC19, Retails for $3,500

Faith Castro
February 26, 2019

However, the first HoloLens headset was a very bulky device to put on your head.

The company has also overhauled the way users interact with holograms, and explained that HoloLens 2 uses a new time-of-flight depth sensor and AI understanding to let people manipulate holograms with the same instinctual interactions they'd use in the real world.

The Microsoft HoloLens 2 has a wider viewable area in comparison to the first generation headset, as well as a more comfortable fit.

To create a new level of detail, Microsoft has updated the display technology inside HoloLens 2. The device itself is using a special version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor, as Microsoft switches from the Intel-based chip in the original HoloLens to an ARM-based chip for the HoloLens 2. "I believe that AR is going to be the primary platform of the future for both work and entertainment", said CEO Tim Sweeney, which suggests we could see a mixed reality game from the Fortnite maker at some point in the far future.

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Microsoft said it more than doubled the field of view in HoloLens, while maintaining a holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of sight.

The HoloLens 2 goes on sale in the USA, U.K., Japan, China, Germany, Canada, Ireland, France, Australia, and New Zealand later this year for $3500. Engineers could use it to help construct new prototypes of products.

Another feature is the addition of eye tracking, allowing HoloLens 2 to know exactly where users are looking. "There are many engineers who contributed to HoloLens before this contract even existed... these engineers have now lost their ability to make decisions about what they work on, instead finding themselves implicated as war profiteers". Each device will cost $3,500 or is available as part of a $125 a month subscription service, and once again is aimed exclusively at the business market.

Nadella made the remarks after a group of company employees began circulating a letter on Friday demanding the software giant cancel a $480 million contract with the US Army, which will involve the HoloLens technology.

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