HoloLens 2 by Microsoft Allows You To Step Into Mixed Reality

Mixed reality is enhancing the way humans interact with their environment and Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 is on the cutting edge. The wireless headset connects to WiFi and enables users to see holograms using an expanded field of view. On top of that, operators are able to read text and see complex details on 3D images.

HoloLens 2
Photo: Microsoft

The gadget is comfortably fitting with a flippable visor allowing ease of transport between mixed reality and reality. The one size fits all feature easily adapts to the user’s shape and can be worn seamlessly over glasses. The device weighs approximately 1.2 pounds or 566 grams.

The Specs

HoloLens 2
Microsoft HoloLens 2 side view

Display

  • See-through holographic lenses (waveguides)
  • Display optimization for 3D eye position

Sensors

  • 4 visible light cameras
  • Camera: 8-MP stills, 1080p30 video

Audio and Speech

  • Microphone array: 5 channels
  • Built-in spatial sound

Human Understanding

  • Hand tracking: Two-handed fully articulated model, direct manipulation
  • Real-Time Eye Tracking
  • Voice: Command and control on-device; natural language with internet connectivity

Software

  • Windows Holographic Operating System
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Dynamics 365 Remote Assist

Computing

  • 64 Gigs of storage
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Compute Platform

HoloLens 2 Price

If you want to purchase the device itself, the current price is $3,500.

There are also subscription options available ranging from $125 per user per month for the HoloLens 2 with the 365 Remote Assist and then the developer edition priced at $99 per month.

HoloLens 2
Photo: Microsoft

You can preorder the HoloLens 2 at microsoft.com/preorder. HoloLens 2 preorders are only being collected currently for the US, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and United Kingdom.

Microsoft announced that the mixed reality device will officially go on sale in September of 2019. Stay tuned for more information as the release date draws closer.

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