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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.
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:
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|Fits over glasses|
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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