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HoloLens 2: inside Microsoft's new headset

HoloLens 2: inside Microsoft's new headset

The main announcement today is the unveiling of HoloLens 2, Microsoft's mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD). Meant for professionals who work with their hands and not on computers, the new HoloLens has an improved field of view and doesn't clip as much as the original. Without detailing any specs, Kipman did say that while keeping the same quality resolution HoloLens 2 would now double the FOV.

Other features include the headset's ability to know precisely where you're looking through iris detecting and tracking. And with their voice, users will be able to control apps, even going so far as to make an app follow them.

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HoloLens 2, which adds a number of improvements like eye tracking, more padding, and a new carbon fiber design, is now available for preorder for $3,500 at Microsoft. As a result, HoloLens 2 supports Windows Hello authentication.

HoloLens 2 is also more ergonomic and comfortable thanks to a "universal fit" system, according to Microsoft. The Trimble XR10 with Microsoft HoloLens 2 is a new wearable hard hat device that enables workers in safety-controlled environments to access holographic information on the worksite.

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