The Microsoft HoloLens 2 comes with sensors that enable head and eye tracking and allow users to interact with holograms. The device aims to solve different problems by offering an immersive experience. Microsoft said the headset could be used for a variety of cases — from factory floors and construction sites to hospitals, operating rooms, and classrooms.
“We are in a new era of computing, in which the digital world goes beyond two-dimensional screens and enters the three-dimensional world,” Microsoft India Chief Operating Officer Rajiv Sodhi said.
“HoloLens 2 helps businesses and their employees complete crucial tasks faster, safer, and more efficiently, and creates new ways to connect with customers and partners. It also addresses specific local industry challenges by enabling capabilities that help companies become more competitive and innovative at scale.”
MICROSOFT HOLOLENS 2 AVAILABILITY
The Microsoft HoloLens 2 will be available in India through authorised resellers Team Computer and Softline. While the company is yet to reveal pricing details, the HoloLens 2 is available in the US for $3,500 (approx Rs 260,300).
MICROSOFT HOLOLENS 2 FEATURES
Microsoft has targeted businesses and enterprises with the HoloLens 2, unlike augmented reality and virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Quest 2 and PlayStation VR2 that are available for end consumers. The headset is a successor to the original HoloLens, unveiled in 2016. Microsoft has touted the HoloLens 2 to enable remote training, maintenance, simulations, and consultations through mixed reality — with computer-generated graphics overlaying the existing environment.
The HoloLens 2 features see-through holographic lenses, which are backed by 2K 3:2 light engines to enable 3D viewing. There are four visible light camera sensors and two Infrared camera sensors for head and eye tracking, respectively. The headset includes a 1-megapixel time-of-flight depth sensor. There is an additional 8-megapixel RGB camera sensor with 1080p video recording at 30fps frame rate to facilitate videoconferencing.
The device is equipped with a microphone array that has five-channel audio input and built-in speakers for spatial sound experience without additional audio systems.
The Microsoft HoloLens 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Compute Platform, and comes with 4GB LPDDR4x DRAM and 64GB UFS 2.1 storage. It also features connectivity options such as Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and a USB Type-C port. The headset runs Windows Holographic, a custom Windows operating system that has Microsoft Edge, Dynamics 365 Guides, Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, and a 3D Viewer.