Most significantly, user interaction with the holograms - which are now more vibrant and more realistic - has been considerably improved without the addition of dedicated controllers thanks to built-in AI tech and a new time-of-flight sensor. Furthermore, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney announced at Microsoft's HoloLens 2 unveiling that Unreal Engine 4 support will be coming to the headset. The headset has been redesigned to comfortably mold to anybody's head, glasses or no glasses. The device itself is using a special version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor, as Microsoft switches from the Intel-based chip in the original HoloLens to an ARM-based chip for the HoloLens 2.
Microsoft said it more than doubled the field of view in HoloLens, while maintaining a holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of sight. This should allow people to wear it for longer, with the previous model being uncomfortable for lengthy periods of use. It could be used in the medical industry to examine patients virtually, for instance. New and improved the Azure Kinect has an "intelligent edge" that combines a depth sensor, high-def camera and a fancy spatial microphone array, but it won't be coming anywhere near your Xbox One as it's been designed exclusively for use in business.
Despite employee backlash, Microsoft's CEO doesn't appear to be backing away from supplying HoloLens technology to the U.S. military.
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On the spec sheet side, the Mate X is powered by Huawei's own Kirin 980 SoC, 8GB of RAM and comes with 512GB of internal storage. Mate X's outward-folding design also leaves the device always at risk of getting scratches.
"This partner ecosystem is being supplemented by a new wave of mixed reality entrepreneurs who are realizing the potential of devices like HoloLens 2 and the Azure services that give them the spatial, speech and vision intelligence needed for mixed reality, plus battle-tested cloud services for storage, security and application insights".
Also, the HoloLens 2 is also reportedly more comfortable. "You can log in with Windows Hello enterprise-grade authentication through iris recognition, making it easy for multiple people to quickly and securely share the device", Microsoft explains. However, the company clearly knows that this technology should eventually be in every home.