Microsoft has raised the curtain on the new version of its standalone mixed reality display, presenting today at the Barcelona fair Hololens 2. The new model is equipped with the SoC Snapdragon 850 and a new HPU (Holographic Processing Unit) with a coprocessor dedicated to the management of artificial intelligence algorithms.
The field of vision is more than doubled compared to the first version, while maintaining the pixel density (47 pixels per viewing angle) thanks to the 2K MEMS display. It also improves the interaction with the holograms thanks to the new ToF sensor (time-of-flight) for depth detection.
Hololens 2 offers eye tracking support, also used, but not only, to allow automatic authentication with iris scanning via Windows Hello. It is also more compact and comfortable: it can also be used by wearing glasses, the front is lighter thanks to the use of carbon fiber and the center of gravity is located above the spine. The new steam chamber dissipation system helps to keep the temperature of the components low and, consequently, the body is colder.
Resolution 2k 3: 2
Holographic density:> 2.5k radians
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 850
WiFi 802.11ac 2×2
Azure Kinect (depth)
Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
Camera: 8 MegaPixel photos, 1080p 30 fps video
Microphones: 5 channels
Detection of human movements:
tracking of hands, eyes, input via voice commands
AVAILABILITY AND PRICE
Hololens 2 costs $ 3,500: it’s a high price, but after all the second iteration of the product continues to be aimed at corporate users rather than consumers. Microsoft did not provide an exact date for the start of marketing, merely stating that it will start in the course of the year. United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand are the first markets where distribution will be activated