World / Microsoft at MWC Barcelona: HoloLens 2 augmented reality headset launched

Hindustan Times : Feb 25, 2019, 10:10 AM

Microsoft is unveiling the new device Sunday atMobile World Congress in Barcelona. Microsoft Corp. is introducing an improved version of its HoloLens augmented-reality goggles & lowering the price, as it tries to developa biggerbusiness selling the devices to corporate customers. Microsoft a $480 million contract to supply HoloLens prototypes. HoloLens 2 more than doubles field of previous version.

Microsoft isfocusing on corporate customers with HoloLens, and is trying to make the devices more useful right out of the box with preparedapplications, rather than require months to write customized programs, said spokesman Greg Sullivan.The company has also added Azure cloud software that can be used to better run augmented-reality features in devices like iPhones and Android phones. Thatcould let Microsoft garner revenue from other companies’ devices and from the consumer market.For example, the company plans to promote the cloud services to video-game creators at the Game Developers Conference in March in San Francisco.

HoloLens 2 more than doublesthe field of view from the previous version, which many reviews said felt too narrow, causing holograms to disappear partly or completely when users moved their heads.Microsoft’s engineers had to drop LED technology because it cost too much to expand the field of view, Sullivan said. Instead, they invented a new system based on dual quantum welllasers and an oscillating mirror.“People said you couldn’t do it,” Sullivan said about the visual technology.“And the team said ‘hold my beer.’”