Microsoft Launches HoloLens 2 for Enterprise Customers

Jul 15, 2018
Microsoft Launches HoloLens 2 for Enterprise Customers

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:

OpticsSee-through holographic lenses (waveguides)
Resolution2k 3:2 light engines
Holographic density>2.5k radiants (light points per radian)
Eye-based renderingDisplay optimization for 3D eye position

Head tracking4 visible light cameras
Eye tracking2 IR cameras
Depth1-MP time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor
IMUAccelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
Camera8-MP stills, 1080p30 video

Audio and speech
Microphone array5 channels
SpeakersBuilt-in spatial sound

Human understanding
Hand trackingTwo-handed fully articulated model, direct manipulation
Eye trackingReal-time tracking
VoiceCommand and control on-device; natural language with internet connectivity
Windows HelloEnterprise-grade security with iris recognition

Environment understanding
6DoF trackingWorld-scale positional tracking
Spatial MappingReal-time environment mesh
Mixed Reality CaptureMixed hologram and physical environment photos and videos

Compute and connectivity
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 850 Compute Platform
HPUSecond-generation custom-built holographic processing unit
Memory4-GB LPDDR4x system DRAM
Storage64-GB UFS 2.1
Wi-FiWi-Fi: Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac 2×2)

Single size
Fits over glasses

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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