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Microsoft officially introduces HoloLens 2, Mixed Reality Glasses, and Azure Kinect

THE Microsoft officially announced the HoloLens 2, and Azure Kinect, in Barcelona before the WMC 2019. Who presented the changes was Alex Kipman and showed the enhancements that the second generation has, especially in comfort for long-term use, but also with modern, more powerful hardware and first-generation bug fixes. The mixed reality experience, or mixed reality (which indicates that it can be used for both augmented reality and virtual reality, the system is a mix of technologies) is more immersive and contact with 3D objects has been improved, differing from models already on the market. Nonetheless, it is not yet affordable equipment, which may cause its use to be restricted to companies or for very specific purposes, such as NASA research or medicine.

The interaction model has been completely overhauled, now allowing the user interact with holograms in a totally different way from what has already been done. It can be used for various functions, from situation simulations to training, to practicing some techniques for surgery for example. In the video below you can see some features:

The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadellastates that HoloLens 2 "will change the way the work done". It has been reported that he has more than twice his predecessor's field of vision, although the company did not provide exactly how much. It has also been reported that the device equivalent to a television with 720p with a 2K set for each eye.

HoloLens 2 will cost $ 3500 (about $ 13,000 in direct conversion) and this is the main reason for being a little affordable equipment, it will be available in 2019. It will be on sale in the US, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, UK, Ireland markets. , France, Australia and New Zealand.

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Another news announced that the Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, confirmed that a support from Unreal Engine 4 (base of various game development system) will be available for HoloLens soon. This means that HoloLens can support a variety of games like Gears of War, LawBreakers, Street Fighter V, and more.

In addition to Holo Lens, Microsoft introduced the Azure Kinect, now re-signified for a PC-oriented and no longer Xbox developer kit, which combines artificial intelligence sensors into one device. It is equipped with the same depth sensor developed for the HoloLens 2, 12 megapixel high definition RGB camera and 7 microphone circular array.

Kinect was originally released as a Xbox accessory, But due to the lack of games with support it has become underused and now Microsoft is giving the device another function. Its use is all business-oriented, a small sensor will help with day-to-day tasks, and Microsoft says it can be used even in hospitals to prevent patients from falling. The Microsoft disclosure video shows how it works:

Azure Kinect will be marketed by $ 399, in direct conversion, for the current currency quotation about $ 1490, and will also be available in 2019.

Microsoft says it is creating a open platform for the use of their technology to expand, so it is possible for developers to create more functions for HoloLens and Azure Kinect. It will be adopted the principle of browsers, store and open platform. "To illustrate our prediction, we are proposing a Firefox Reality browser prototype for HoloLens 2, demonstrating our commitment to openness and the immersive web." explains the company.

In the video below you can see how HoloLens 2 works and some possible uses:

Via: anadtech Source: Microsoft Blog (tagsToTranslate) microsoft (t) hololens 2 (t) azure kinect (t) mixed reality (t) virtual reality (t) kinect (t) motion sensor (t) tech (t) tech (t) hologram (t) wmc 2019 (t) wmc