Microsoft has begun selling the HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality Smart Glasses. The second-generation aims to be a substantial upgrade from the original in performance. This product comes with a hefty price tag, which is being targeted and advertised towards enterprise corporations. Subsequently, Microsoft is continually working with its partners to develop practical applications for augmented reality.
Comparing the second generation from the first in the HoloLens series marks a significant departure in terms of design and features. Microsoft has worked extensively on the second generation, developing its priority technology with improvements for user experience and enterprise capabilities.
Those corporations interested in purchasing this product can anticipate a new visual system that has a 52 Degree Diagonal Field-of-View, which is far more than the original 34 Degrees with the first HoloLens. Each degree will support 47 Pixels with a MEMS Display. Running this powerful computer is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Pro, which has been prioritized with Microsoft’s HPU 2.0 Chip. Their custom holographic processing unit provides considerably more performance than the 1.0 Chip, giving more development tools for creators and experiences for owners. The last significant change to the HoloLens Lineup is the revamped interaction menu and ergonomics, allowing for prolonged usage.
Microsoft is operating a private store for the HoloLens 2, which will be available to organizations and corporations that can support the device with their work stations. Prior companies that purchased the first HoloLens will still receive regular support but do have the option to buy an improved version of the product. Microsoft is selling three versions of the product, all costing $3,500.00.
The three versions of the HoloLens include a stand-alone product that supports the standard Windows 10 Holographic operating system. The second version comes with the Windows 10 Holographic Development Edition and requires an additional $500.00 credit from Azure to support the Unity Pro Plugin and three-month licence. The final version of the HoloLens comes with Remote Assist Control and requires a monthly subscription to the Dynamic 365 Remote Assistant. Corporations selecting the third model will be required to pay $125.00 monthly to Microsoft via Credit Card or PayPal.
Corporations that purchase the second-generation HoloLens expect universal support with other products from Microsoft. The tech conglomerate has ensured potential buyers that the HoloLens 2 will work with all computers, laptops or tablets supporting Windows 10 Professional. It’s also anticipated that the HoloLens 2 will have an update for CGI Developers. Film producers or game development studios could use the HoloLens 2 for tracking movement, filtering line to actors and constructing virtual environments pre-emptively. The complete co-existence of HoloLens with Microsoft’s product lineup in the endgame, with costs of their augmented reality headset dropping in a few years. Microsoft anticipates that one day their HoloLens lineup could be in the hands of millions worldwide, assisting them with daily work tasks.