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Microsoft Unveils HoloLens 2

Olivia Long - February 25, 2019 - 02:00 PM
Microsoft Unveils HoloLens 2
Microsoft has unveiled the second iteration of its HoloLens mixed reality device.

(CCM) — At a press event to kick off this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), Microsoft unveiled its new HoloLens 2 mixed reality device. A followup to its first HoloLens headset, released it 2016, the HoloLens 2 promises to blur the lines between reality and computer technology even further.

The HoloLens 2 features an advanced display system, rendering better-than-ever hologram graphics, a field of sight that has been doubled and the ability to directly manipulate hologram graphics the way one would with physical objets in the real world. It also integrates improved eye-tracking features that make interacting with holograms even easier, and even includes iris recognition, making multiple-person login easy.

Microsoft has also improved comfort and practicality of the device, making it possible to use it for hours at a time across projects. This is important, as many HoloLens users do so in a professional setting that requires comfort and precision for long periods of time. It also integrates the ability to flip up the headset's visor to easily switch between tasks. Finally, Microsoft has included a set of mixed reality software that boost the headset's capabilities, like Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Dynamics 365 Layout.

"When intelligent cloud and intelligent edge experiences are infused with mixed reality, we have a framework for achieving amazing things and empowering even more people," said an official Microsoft blog post covering up the reveal.

HoloLens 2 will be available this year for $3,500 in the United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia, and New Zealand. Microsoft's blog post suggests that new zones may be integrated at a later date. It is already available for preorder on Microsoft's official website.

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