Everything you need to know about Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 headset
The second generation of Hololens augmented reality headset Microsoft was introduced earlier this year and introduced everyone with I was surprised by the new and different experience of seeing. Microsoft’s HoloLens 2, codenamed Sydney, has more processing power and a better field of view. Redmond’s augmented reality headset has a completely new way to interact with hologram and can recognize real physical objects in the environment better than before.
HoloLens 2 is not yet available for sale to everyone, and apart from Microsoft employees, very few people have yet experienced using this augmented reality headset. So, it’s only natural that we don’t know everything about HoloLens 2 yet. However, since the unveiling of this headset until today, we also have a lot of information.
Hardware information of HoloLens 2
HoloLens 2 has become much more powerful compared to its previous generation. The new version of Microsoft’s augmented reality headset will use the Snapdragon 850 processor, and from this point of view, it will be one of the first devices equipped with operating systemWindows 10 and is based on ARM64 architecture. The new Arm processor provides more processing power than the previous generation Microsoft headset and is also more efficient in terms of energy consumption. Just like other ARM devices, HoloLens 2 will be very fast in going to sleep and waking up.
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HoloLens 2 has a much better field of view due to the extra power. The next feature of HoloLens 2 is the use of the Anti-Aliasing technique, which makes holograms look better when placed in a virtual environment. Anti-aliasing is a tricking technique commonly used in video games to make the jagged edges of an object appear smooth. Also, new sensors have been built into the HoloLens 2 that can scan the iris for the Windows Hello authentication service. The hand tracking system is another possibility of the second generation of the HoloLens augmented reality headset, which allows users to communicate directly with the hologram through their hands.
Among other new features Hardware HoloLens 2 includes a new custom holographic processing unit (HPU) that co-processors Artificial Intelligence natively and flexibly for networks It implements Deep Neural Networks. Having this feature in HoloLens 2 means that visual information can be analyzed locally, without having to send any data to the cloud. Also, this feature allows faster detection and recognition of objects and the environment.
HoloLens 2 software information
Hololens 2 is Microsoft’s first product of the Windows Core OS (Core OS), which has the official name . In fact, the new Windows Core OS model is very similar to the HoloLens 1 operating system model. In terms of usability, HoloLens 2 has a significant leap compared to HoloLens 1 thanks to the ability to touch and interact with holograms directly. This feature allows you to manually adjust the holograms while walking. Using HoloLens 2 and knowing how to interact with the device does not require any training; This means that the user can “instinctively” communicate with his environment and the holograms.
To access the start menu, just hold the start button on the wrist until the Microsoft logo appears. . From this section, you can access the various features of HoloLens by touching any of the desired sections in the start menu. Scrolling is a unique experience that can be done in two ways: 1. As expected, scrolling is by “touch” with the finger (similar to the scrolling process on mobiles and tablets); 2. Scrolling is done using the eye tracking system on the HoloLens 2. If you reach the end of a window while glancing and there is more content to scroll, the window will automatically start scrolling; A feature that looks really magical at first glance.
One feature that wasn’t available when HoloLens 2 debuted in February was the new holographic keyboard. Since users can now reach and touch the holograms, Microsoft had to rework the holographic keyboard in the HoloLens 2. Accordingly, the new keyboard is slightly larger and the keys are rounded; Just like you are typing on a tablet. By being in the range where the holographic key is displayed, it can be connected to it. If you are looking for quick typing of sentences on the new holographic keyboard, it is better to know that this feature is not yet accurate; But you can quickly type or copy a few sentences.
Holographic applications can be used thanks to the new manual and tracking capabilities. Visually, become much more advanced. In one of the famous HoloLens 2 demos, a virtual bird flies around the room, and if you hold your hand, the accompanying bird will fly wherever you go in the room.
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Microsoft has not yet given a clear answer to the question of whether the new HoloLens is capable of running Win32 programs; But as it comes from sources, Microsoft is working on this feature. This speculation stems from the fact that the Microsoft Edge browser running on the HoloLens 2 appears to be the old Edge, not the new version. Edge based on Chromium (Chromium Edge). HoloLens 2 will most likely not be able to run Win32 programs when released; But this feature is likely to be available as an update in 2020.
Currently, Microsoft’s augmented reality headset is available from the RTM version of the Windows 10 Major Update
uses the code name 19H1. Since HoloLens 2 is equipped with Windows Core OS, it will easily benefit from future Windows updates and improvements.
HoloLens 2 distribution time
Microsoft earlier this year at an event at Mobile World Congress 2019 (MWC) unveiled the HoloLens 2. HoloLens 2 is expected to begin shipping and distribution in less than a month this fall. Unlike the previous generation, Redmondi’s new headset for developers and businesses will have the same price of $3,500. Meanwhile, the price of the first generation of HoloLens was $3,000 for developers and $4,000 for businesses.
What is your opinion about augmented reality headsets (in general) and Microsoft’s HoloLens (in particular)? Do you see the future of processing in wearable devices based on augmented, virtual and mixed reality, as Microsoft claims, or do you think that computers and smartphones will still carry the majority of our processing tasks. Share your views with us and dear Zomit users.