Comfort, better visuals, easier to use with your hands.Microsoft's follow-up to the Space Age glasses announced four years ago. Technology behind the $ 3500 device (about $ 2,700 or $ 4,900) which Microsoft calls a "mixed reality", covers computer images in the real world. Imagine the arrows that point you down the street as you walk or fix the instructions floating over the machine as you fix it. This is the promise of the MP, says Microsoft.
The company is pioneering in the increased worlds of reality when the technology giant debutedimposing on companies $ 5,000 for the gadget. Since then, competing devices such as have come .
At such prices, the MR headphones are far more expensive than the competitive VR technologies on the market. For example, the Oculus Rift Facebook is $ 349,is $ 499, and the Sony PlayStation VR is $ 299. You need to purchase a PC or PlayStation 4 power console of these VRs, but even then their prices are at least half that what Microsoft or Magic Leap want.
This has not deterred Microsoft from designing an improved headset as part of its pushing into the now more crowded AR universe. The company claims that HoloLens is not yet ready for you and me to use at home. Instead, Microsoft focuses on companies and military (although this is an exciting disagreement in Redmond's lines .)
Furthermore, Microsoft made some welcome improvements to the device, which lasts on Sunday. and will be delivered later this year.
"The computer is built into our world, everywhere in every way," said Microsoft CEOby revealing the MWC in Barcelona. "The computer is in everything from connected cars to connected refrigerators, intelligent surgical instruments and even intelligent coffee machines."
He said the result is that the approach to how companies like Microsoft are approaching the technology they are doing. "This is no longer the first thing to be an apparatus, but to put man first and include all the devices in his life."
"We do not just have to imagine it," he added. "This future is here".
CNET traveled to Redmond, Washington to see this future talk about abd talk with Microsoft executives and designers, including technical colleague Alex Kipman, about HoloLens 2.we look at where HoloLens fits into the world and why some technicians believe that mixed reality technology will change the way we use computers.
"The goal is for these things to transform people," says Alex Kipman, the Microsoft technical specialist who runs the HoloLens project. He described it as giving people superpowers. "This is a concept that is in our dreams."
Inwe share what it is to use HoloLens 2, its key features and where Microsoft follows in AR … and why it targets the business rather than the average person . Immerse yourself in what we have experienced. We also need to check out Microsoft's lab to build products that work comfortably for 95% of people, regardless of their height or size. Here, Microsoft made HoloLens 2 more convenient than its predecessor.
HoloLens 2: why it really is a cloud Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet explains Microsoft's latest applications and services.
Here's what you need to know about what Microsoft announces in Mobile World Congress 2019.
At 3500 dollars, it is not yet made for ordinary people
Instead, it is primarily intended for people as industrial workers, industrial designers and army staff, as well as for situations where field workers can need hands-free work. But Microsoft said its $ 3500 headset would eventually be ready for purchase. Someday.
It arrives in 2019, but it is still unclear when
Microsoft has not set a specific exit date, but HoloLens 2 can be pre-set now if you are interested.
HoloLens 2 Tracks Your Eyes
Microsoft includes sensors near the HoloLens 2 nasal ridge, aimed at your eyes. The technology is used to enter the device by keeping your individual settings in case you share the headset with a colleague or friend.
Microsoft will also allow app developers to have access to eye tracking. In a demonstration, the company showed how telepromer could follow while reading. There is also built-in iris recognition that works with Windows Hello to get into HoloLens 2.
It also tracks your hands better
The Magic Leap One and most VR headphones come with dedicated controllers. HoloLens 2 does not; it relies on manual and voice control via Cortana. The first HoloLens recognizes the main gestures by pushing and clicking, but the new headset recognizes 21 hand-held items and allows for more realistic hand movements. From a technical point of view, this is the most advanced tracking of the hands of any AR handset we have tried.
The field of view doubles
There are many things you may like about the changes Microsoft made with HoloLens 2, but perhaps the most dramatic improvement is in the "field of view" or how many holograms you can see anytime, The field of vision of the first HoloLens was the size of a deck of cards a few feet away from your face. It was annoying little. HoloLens 2 more than doubles this area up to 52 degrees. In practice this is not as wide as most VR headphones but is better than Magic Leap One.
Unlike many earphones with AR and intelligent glasses (including Magic Leap One), HoloLens 2 is designed with glasses in mind. The new flip-chart makes it even easier to slip, and our demonstrations work for several members of the glasses team.
This is an advantage over Magic Leap, which does not even work with glasses and requires a limited set of prescribed lenses. In 2006, National Institutes of Health said 14 million people in the country needed some vision correction. So, yes, that's important.
New applications from Microsoft and partners
Microsoft also announces new HoloLens applications, which they believe most companies will benefit from. One is called the Dynamic 365 Guides, which allows companies to compile manual instructions in a mixed reality. In a demonstration, Microsoft has forced us to assemble parts and repair the broken ATV using only the instructions provided by the application.
Another application called Dynamic 365 Layout creates a permanent map of the buildings you are in, and stores them in Microsoft. This allows developers to place a hologram on a table in a room, for example, and if you leave this room and come back a day later or with another HoloLens handset, you will still find it there.
Microsoft's newest handset is working with new cloud applications but no cellular device. Instead, it connects via Wi-Fi.
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Alex Kipman, who runs the HoloLens team, that he wants the device to last long enough for people to use it several times before charging.
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The technology industry has a debate about how computers and phones should work. Should they be "open" like Microsoft Windows and phones powered by Google's Android software? Or should they be "closed" and run tightly, like the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, promising a potentially better security?
Microsoft said it dropped right on the "open" side with HoloLens 2. This device says Microsoft will allow anyone to create an application store for HoloLens 2. It will also allow developers of applications like Mozilla to bring your Firefox browser to HoloLens 2. And even developers like Epic Games can do coding tools for HoloLens, Microsoft said.
"Epic will fully support Microsoft's strategy for HoloLens now and in the long run," said Epic Director Tim Sweene . "I have great hopes and dreams that I will achieve together in this ecosystem," Kipman
Battery life? About 3 hours
Microsoft confidently says it does not expect people to burn a whole HoloLens 2 battery in one session. But if it can, the device lasts about 3 hours, according to the company. This is similar to Magic Leap and may be better than the Oculus Go Facebook mobile handset, which lasts about 2 hours on charging.
HoloLens 3 comes in a couple of years
Microsoft said it plans to announce the follow-up to HoloLens 2 in the next year or two. The company has not provided any details except to say that the device will be even more convenient and easier to use and that it will do more than HoloLens 2.
Kipman said the prototype of the device was what helped Microsoft woncontract with the US Army.
Microsoft also returns Kinect as a IoT device is a small, standalone set of cameras and microphones designed to work with a computer or cloud directly through Microsoft Azure. The $ 399 devise kit is also available for order on Sundays, and was first announced at last year's Microsoft Build conference.
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