Microsoft Launches HoloLens 2 for Enterprise Customers

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Microsoft today announced that its latest AR headset, HoloLens 2, is finally shipping. The headset can be purchased directly for $ 3,500 or rented for $ 125 per month.

Microsoft announced HoloLens 2 back in February and has started selling the headset today. Though pricey at $ 3,500, HoloLens 2 is actually cheaper than its predecessor which launched at $ 5,000. In addition to the outright purchase price, Microsoft is also renting headset to businesses for $ 125 per month, and will later launch a developer edition priced at $ 100 per month.

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Like the original, HoloLens 2 is positioned as an enterprise-focused device. Microsoft envisions companies using the headset for design, remote assistance, training, visualization, collaboration, architecture, construction, and much more.

HoloLens 2 Specs

The official specs confirm the headset’s weight at 566 grams and ‘active use’ battery life at 2–3 hours. Here’s the full spec sheet:

Display

Optics See-through holographic lenses (waveguides)
Resolution 2k 3:2 light engines
Holographic density >2.5k radiants (light points per radian)
Eye-based rendering Display optimization for 3D eye position

Sensors

Head tracking 4 visible light cameras
Eye tracking 2 IR cameras
Depth 1-MP time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor
IMU Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
Camera 8-MP stills, 1080p30 video

Audio and speech

Microphone array 5 channels
Speakers Built-in spatial sound

Human understanding

Hand tracking Two-handed fully articulated model, direct manipulation
Eye tracking Real-time tracking
Voice Command and control on-device; natural language with internet connectivity
Windows Hello Enterprise-grade security with iris recognition

Environment understanding

6DoF tracking World-scale positional tracking
Spatial Mapping Real-time environment mesh
Mixed Reality Capture Mixed hologram and physical environment photos and videos

Compute and connectivity

SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Compute Platform
HPU Second-generation custom-built holographic processing unit
Memory 4-GB LPDDR4x system DRAM
Storage 64-GB UFS 2.1
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac 2×2)
Bluetooth 5
USB USB Type-C

Fit

Single size
Fits over glasses
Weight 566g
Image courtesy WalkingCat

Aside from field of view and resolution improvements, HoloLens 2 also launches out of the gate with full hand-tracking. This is a huge improvement over the ‘air tap’ gesture that was relied upon with the original headset. With hand-tracking users will be able to more naturally and directly interact with augmented reality content.

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