Microsoft Holo Lens 2 might be set to Unveil later this Year
Microsoft planning to unveil the Holo Lens 2 in the second half of 2018 with some upgrades to the hardware and a few software adjustments.
The Holo Lens, ever since its release back in 2016 to the developers, has been a holy grail for the tech community. It is a Mixed Reality headset that combines the powers of Augmented Reality(AR) and Virtual Reality(VR) along with the science of Holograms to present to the users augmented virtual holograms that are pinned to the environment and are interactive. It also has spatial sound so that the holograms that are not in the field of view can still be heard. It has a variety of sensors (kind of obvious at this point) to determine the gaze, gestures and environment. They also provide navigation in the built-in OS. It is a stand-alone device and doesn’t need any other PC to operate.
The new Holo Lens 2, codenamed project Sydney will be built on the footsteps of its predecessor with an upgraded Holographic Processing unit to more efficiently process the hologram geometry, a new AI processor dedicated to the Deep Neural Networking calculations that are involved in making the mixed reality experience more intuitive. It is also expected to include the latest Kinect Sensor to accurately sense the movement of objects in the environment.
The Holo Lens 2 will also enhance the visual aspect of the mixed reality experience with a wider field of view. The inclusion of new ARM chip as the main processor means better battery life and thermals and will include a compatible version of Windows 10.
The best part? It is aimed at the general public this time, unlike the original Holo Lens, which was made mainly for developers. The new Microsoft Holo Lens 2 will serve a wide variety of professionals, gamers, enthusiasts and even educators. And with its rumoured significantly lower price tag over its predecessor makes it that much more accessible. Here’s to hoping more such innovations to roll out in the future.