Microsoft HoloLens 2 augmented reality headset unveiled

By Leo Kelion [image: image.png] Microsoft has a new version of its augmented reality headset, which now detects where its users are looking and tracks the movements of their hands.
It said that HoloLens 2 wearers would find it easier to touch and otherwise interact with graphics superimposed over their real-world views.
Other improvements include filling more of a user’s view and automatically recognising who they are.
The firm is pitching the kit as being ready for use in business environments.
Many experts believe mixing together graphics and real-world views has greater potential than virtual reality, which removes the user from their immediate environment.
But apart from the smartphone game Pokemon Go and Snapchat-style photo filters, augmented reality has yet to find mainstream appeal.
The previous version of HoloLens was mainly targeted at developers. A rival AR headset-maker – Magic Leap – similarly markets its gear to software developers and other early adopters.
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“The relatively narrow field-of-view for the first generation HoloLens made it difficult for wearers to suspend disbelief and accept that they were immersed in the environment before their eyes.
“With HoloLens 2, Microsoft has worked hard to improve both the resolution of the display and its field-of-view, resulting in a more immersive and believable experience.”
The event was timed for the eve of the Mobile World Congress trade show. [image: HoloLens 2]
But it also followed the publication of a protest letter backed by dozens of its employees who oppose a deal to provide HoloLens technology to the US military.
“We did not sign up to develop weapons, and we demand a say in how our work is used,” it said.


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