HoloLens 2 Sets the Benchmark for MR Headsets
First launched in 2016, HoloLens was among the early entrants in the mixed reality (MR) headsets segment and the first of its kind to run the Windows MR platform. It comprises a head-mounted display unit and a front-facing visor, packed with sensors, cameras, projection lenses, and 3D audio speakers. HoloLens was meant for industry use, and HoloLens 2 continues that tradition.
HoloLens 2 was announced at the 2019 Mobile World Congress, bringing additional memory capacity, a stronger processor, better audio thanks to noise cancellation, and a more powerful camera. It is among the most popular mixed reality headsets in the enterprise bracket, which is why Microsoft recently won a $22 billion deal with the US army. There was already an existing $480 million deal with Microsoft, under which the company delivered a customised edition of HoloLens, tailored to the army’s needs. This was christened as the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) solution, bundling the HoloLens hardware with Microsoft’s battle-tested expertise in catering to large-scale deployments.
At that time, the deal was so momentous that competitors and previous government contractors like ODG were forced to shut shop upon not winning the deal. Similarly, this time as well, HoloLens 2 beat out competitors like Magic Leap to finalise the partnership with the US army.
So, what makes HoloLens 2 the ideal solution for large-scale industrial use cases? Here’s our review.
HoloLens 2 is a wireless MR device that has its own OS, solutions, and application ecosystem.
Here are its key features:
HoloLens 2 is a complete, end-to-end MR solution for enterprise users, backed by storage on Azure cloud and Microsoft’s premier collaboration suite. It also includes a host of developer resources to design your own, custom apps. Microsoft offers exhaustive documentation and tutorials to streamline HoloLens 2 deployments and management or IT teams.
Barring a couple of cons (like the slightly heavy form factor and limited RAM), Microsoft HoloLens 2 promises a nearly perfect MR experience for enterprise users. A $3500 price tag places it squarely in the large enterprise segment, which is precisely the market Microsoft is targeting with the new HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition. Simply put, HoloLens 2 sets the benchmark MR experiences and brings a slew of innovative features that make it truly best-in-class.