Microsoft announced its HoloLens 2, its successor to the first HoloLens mixed reality headset. The announcement was made during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, which fits with the company’s plan that came to light previously.
Being a sequel, you’d expect improvements to the original, and Microsoft has delivered on some of these. For one, the field of view has now been doubled as compared to the original Hololens.
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 and 2nd gen Holographic Processing Unit which was custom-built by the company, the fully untethered headset also comes with a new interface and time-of-flight sensors that allows you to directly manipulate holograms. At the same time, Hololens 2’s eye-tracking sensors also make interacting with them feels more natural.
Built using carbon-fiber and has a more balanced center of gravity, Microsoft also claimed that the Hololens 2 is more comfortable to wear thanks to its new dial-in fit system. You can also flip the visor up if you want a temporary break from the mixed reality world.
The HoloLens 2 is priced at a whopping US$3500 (~RM14247). That said, it looks like it’s aimed at industrial workers rather than the average consumer. It’s a similar situation with Google Glass, unfortunately.