MWC 2019: Microsoft HoloLens 2 With Better Display, More Immersive Holographic Gesture Controls Launched

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The HoloLens is claimed to offer three hours of battery life
  • Microsoft HoloLens 2 features a dial-in design for a more comfortable fit
  • Microsoft has also launched the Azure Kinect Developer Kit

Microsoft at MWC 2019 on Sunday launched the company’s second generation mixed reality headset – the HoloLens 2. The successor to the first generation HoloLens brings a tonne of improvements such as a better display, more comfortable design, improved gesture controls, and better performance coupled with higher power efficiency. The HoloLens 2 has been priced at $3,500 (around Rs. 2,49,000) and is now available for buyers in United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia, and New Zealand from the official Microsoft e-shop. The company also launched the Azure Kinect at MWC 2019, which is now on pre-order and will initially go on sale in US and China.

Microsoft HoloLens 2 specifications

The Redmond giant at its MWC 2019 launch event claims to have doubled the field of view on the second-generation Windows Mixed reality headset vis-à-vis its predecessor, a figure that now stands at 52-degrees while maintaining the holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of sight. Microsoft has employed the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) display technology for the HoloLens 2 and claims that it offers the equivalent of a 2K display for each eye.

The HoloLens 2 derives its power from Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Compute Platform as well as a custom-built Holographic Processing Unit. Audio input and output are handled by a 5-channel microphone array and a built-in spatial audio hardware respectively. There is an Iris scanner for authentication that goes through the security process while users are wearing the headset, which means as soon as the headset is fitted, they are good to go. A USB-Type C port is there for charging while an 8-megapixel sensor facilitates video conferencing.

 

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