The Microsoft group takes advantage of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to formalize its Hololens 2 helmet.

Microsoft HoloLens 2: Next Generation Mixed Reality Headset

Microsoft is proud to announce the upcoming HoloLens 2, the second version of the “Mixed Reality” headset developed by the US giant. Recall that the first HoloLens helmet launched in 2016, and as this second version, the device is for professional use and has no vocation to compete with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and other PlayStation VR.

With this new version, Microsoft promises to have significantly improved the field of view, with a display area that is doubled here, without sacrificing visual quality. The device also hosts new sensors, including iris sensors, to automatically recognize the user and follow his eyes. The device allows scrolling a web page, simply by looking down.

Microsoft has also equipped its HoloLens 2 with a ToF sensor ( as on the LG G8 ThinQ ), allowing the user to manipulate virtual elements in the same way as in the real world. The system is thus responsible for recognizing the user’s hands, but also his fingers, without any additional sensor.

An Emphasis On Comfort

Microsoft also promises to have optimized the comfort of its device, with the use of carbon fiber, and a new adjustment mechanism. According to Microsoft, the HoloLens 2 helmet fits comfortably to anyone. The American giant indicates that the device can be worn for several hours and that the user can safely keep his glasses. During his presentation, Microsoft was able to announce that HoloLens 2 was “three times more comfortable” than the first version.

The Microsoft HoloLens 2 helmet will be available later this year for $ 3,500. It will also be possible to enjoy a bundle including Dynamics 365 Remote Assist for a price of 125 dollars/month. Note that the device will be available primarily in the United States, Japan, China and european countries.