28 December 2018

Microsoft HoloLens. The 2nd chapter of the leading product in mixed reality technology is coming soon.

Microsoft HoloLens is a product of the future. In these years, in some ways still immature in the development of augmented reality, Microsoft's AR (augmented reality) viewer unleashes all its potential and allows the wearer to enjoy an almost futuristic user experience, which confirms, once again, the direction to take in the coming years, that is, that of a technology aimed at the fruition of highly immersive content.

Having appeared about three years ago as a basic hardware platform on which to develop a consumer experience within everyone's reach, Microsoft HoloLens has quickly reached 39 countries, with a great expansion that began in the last months of last year.

Equally fast was the practical application of the device in the labor market, thanks to its great adaptability. At the beginning of 2019 is expected the arrival of the Microsoft HoloLens 2 viewer, which will take advantage of the Windows 10 interface optimized for viewers and Windows Mixed Reality, to bring the product right into everyone's homes.

According to the latest rumors, Microsoft HoloLens 2 could be equipped with an advanced SoC (System on a Chip) to ensure the next viewer all the computing power needed for maximum efficiency. The choice seems to fall on the SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 850, which would allow HoloLens 2 to become a sort of "Always Connected PC", being able to have the Snapdragon X20 4G LTE modem, able to connect to the Internet at very high speeds.

This is the great revolution compared to the current model, available only in WI-FI connectivity. The new model, on the other hand, will allow Internet access in all conditions of use, multiplying its adaptability and applications.

To date, in addition to the various titles of totally immersive video games made (RoboRaid, Fragments, Young Conker), we owe to the Microsoft HoloLens project:

Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant; Holograms, a catalogue of 3D objects that users can move and size around them; HoloStudio, a full-scale 3D modeling application with 3D printing compatibility; CAE VimedixAR, a commercial application of Microsoft HoloLens technology that allows immersive training based on ultrasound simulation and anatomical education through augmented reality for greater patient safety and better learning; the implementation of the Skype telecommunications application; HoloTour, a virtual three-dimensional audiovisual and virtual tourism application.

Microsoft Video: "Microsoft HoloLens: Mixed Reality in the Modern Workplace" > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIJM9xNg9xs

Last month Microsoft announced that it is preparing HoloLens also for combat. The company won a $480 million military contract with the U.S. government to bring AR headset technology into the equipment of American soldiers.

We are at the end of the 1st chapter of the augmented reality revolution, which already finds an infinite number of applications.

With Microsoft HoloLens 2 the 2nd chapter begins.

 

Danilo Stancato