HoloLens 2 Spatial remote collaboration feature demonstrated

27 February, 2019, 14:58 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • Microsoft's HoloLens 2 features double the field-of-view

Microsoft's HoloLens 2 addresses some of the concerns that were vocalized by first generation HoloLens users.

On Sunday, Microsoft technical fellow Alex Kipman, often referred to as the father of the HoloLens, watched on the side of the stage as Microsoft customers brought their own customers onstage and ran through demonstrations at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona. As Wired explains, this essentially means HoloLens 2 has the equivalent of two 2K displays, one for each eye, whereas the original had the equivalent of two 720p displays.

A new "time-of-flight" depth sensor is used by HoloLens 2, and some fancy algorithms will track your hands without using controllers. In addition, the tech company said, an expanded set of Trimble software and services will be available to provide field-oriented workflows that leverage constructible 3-D models and mixed reality to solve daily work tasks. Eye tracking has been added via sensors built by the nose ridge. Here's everything you need to know about Microsoft HoloLens 2, including its price, specs, features and when you can preorder it.

Since the release of HoloLens in 2016, White said the industry has seen mixed reality "transform the way work gets done".

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A number of Microsoft employees have sent a letter addressed to the company's top executives, CEO Satya Nadella and President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith, that demanded Microsoft ends its $480 million contract with the United States Army. However, it's reasonable to expect that what makes HoloLens 2 tick will trickle down into the consumer space at some point. Microsoft discontinued the original version in 2015 and repurposed the underlying technology, turning into it an enterprise device capable of running artificial intelligence algorithms.

"We have also completely refreshed the way you interact with holograms in HoloLens 2". This makes it far more comfortable, and at the same time, it is much powerful.

For business use and those who experiment with Microsoft mixed reality apps such as Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, Dynamics 365 Layout and the new Dynamics 365 Guides, Microsoft says its partner ecosystem is growing bigger with a new wave of mixed reality entrepreneurs. Units are expected to begin shipping later this year.

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