Microsoft has started sales of its HoloLens 2 mixed reality smart glasses. Aiming to be a significant upgrade over its predecessor in both field and overall performance, the second generation of the company's head-mounted computer is geared primarily towards enterprise organizations, where Microsoft and its partners are continuing to experiment with and develop practical applications for augmented reality in the workplace.

From a tech perspective, Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 isn't a radical departure from the original HoloLens in terms of features and basic design goals, but as a second-generation product Microsoft has put a lot of work into improving the technology and the user experience. HoloLens 2's visual system offers a 52º diagonal field-of-view (up from 34º) with a resolution of 47 pixels per degree on its MEMS display. Under the hood, it is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 as well as Microsoft’s custom holographic processing unit (HPU) 2.0 chips, which should offer a drastically higher performance than the previous-generation hardware. Finally, the product features better ergonomics and revamped interaction model with full-blown hand tracking and improved visuals.

As noted above, the HoloLens 2 is still focused primarily on businesses and organizations that can take advantage of the device in their workflows. Microsoft will continue to support the original HoloLens, but customers can now deploy the improved version.

Microsoft offers three options to buy its HoloLens 2. The a stand-alone HoloLens 2 device with Windows 10 Holographic is available from select resellers for $3,500. The HoloLens Development Edition with Windows 10 Holographic, a $500 credit for Azure (including mixed reality services), and Unity Pro & PiXYZ Plugins (with a three-months license) pre-installed can be purchased for $3,500 (or $99 per month). Finally, there is HoloLens 2 with Remote Assist version for enterprises that comes with Windows 10 Holographic and Dynamics 365 Remote Assist that can be had for $125 per user per month.

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  • Senpuu - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - link

    lol. Imagine being this stupid.
  • Santoval - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - link

    I would suggest that overgeneralizing and branding people as X or Y based solely on their looks and/or their *momentary* facial expression is even less meaningful and healthy.
  • FunBunny2 - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link

    I wonder? How much different is this from the head-up displays used by the military-industrial complex for decades to subdue the global population? Will the user be able to look at a person and have a smart-laser mounted in the ceiling kill 'em? How much of AI-ish thingees have been used to make life better for the average human, rather than figuring out how to extract more money or compliance from them?? Anyone?
  • nandnandnand - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link

    Maybe this will help you:
  • FunBunny2 - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link

    I rest my case. I hope.
  • prophet001 - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link

    People aren't free in spite of the military, they are free because of it.

    There is always some despot that doesn't care about your life or your desires and will take you and everything you own. The free world is obligated to defend itself from such.
  • FunBunny2 - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - link

    "There is always some despot that doesn't care about your life or your desires and will take you and everything you own. "

    you know that you're describing out Manchurian President? everything for Putin (and Xi and Ergogan and ...). if the Free Press doesn't parrot his propaganda, they're 'the enemy of the people'. we will defend ourselves against the Manchurian President. HoloLens or not.
  • jordanclock - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link

    I wonder? Could the Illuminati be the ones actually using these? And the military-industrial complex are just scapegoats? And that all advances in technology are just to turn us into LITERAL sheeple? Cross-breeds between humans and sheep? ANYONE?!
  • GreenReaper - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link

    Not that there'd be anything wrong with that. <^_^>
  • nandnandnand - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link

    Horizontal FOV should be at least 200 degrees, vertical should be 150+ degrees. Not even worth it as a freebie.

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