Microsoft's HoloLens 2 debuts at MWC 2019, will cost $3500

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Microsoft has unveiled the new version of its mixed reality headset, the HoloLens 2.

HoloLens 2 also boasts a new display system with a new time-of-flight sensor, and is created to be more comfortable than the previous version.

Under the Integrated Visual Augmentation System contract, which Microsoft was awarded in November, the U.S. Army plans to purchase as many as 100,000 HoloLens augmented-reality headsets. Apart from manipulating holograms with the help of aerial gestures, HoloLens 2 also assists in controlling the holograms through eye tracking and voice commands. Microsoft has also been demonstrating Spatial a real-time augmented reality collaboration platform first developed for the original HoloLens by New York-based startup Spatial.

Alex Kipman, HoloLens chief said that the creation of Microsoft HoloLens was driven by the introduction of Kinect, the first intelligent device to enter households.

Microsoft employees have recently circulated a letter addressed to Nadella and Brad Smith, the company's president and chief legal officer, arguing that the company should not supply its HoloLens technology to the United States military.

There are plenty of mixed reality headsets that are, plus a spattering of virtual reality headsets, the most popular of which are the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Also, the HoloLens 2 is also reportedly more comfortable. And with their voice, users will be able to control apps, even going so far as to make an app follow them. Similar to PlayStation VR, for tightening the main headband you will use dial and if you want to quickly concentrate on something else you can flip up the main visor. According to Julia White, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure, the HoloLens assisted users "from construction sites to factory floors, from operating rooms to classrooms". The cost for HoloLens 2 was described as being $3,500 with bundles starting at $125 per month for developers. The company even said past year that it would help employees who are not willing to work on a certain project that could be used by the government by moving them to a different part of the company.

Instead, it appears Mozilla, Microsoft, and the Rust community will all be working in tandem to bring an immersive Firefox browsing experience to HoloLens 2.

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