Microsoft doubles down on the only AR use case that makes sense (so far)

I can’t wait to try the new Microsoft HoloLens, announced on Sunday in Barcelona. Version one was bulky, hot, and only offered a limited field of view. But, the potential was obvious from beginning.

HoloLens 2 will address a lot of the handicaps. BBC News:

Microsoft said that HoloLens 2 works in a “more human way” than the first version thanks to the changes it has made. These include making the the field-of-view more than double that of its predecessor.

The firm said it had also improved the display’s resolution, which it described as being the equivalent of moving from a 720p high-definition image to a 2K one for each eye.

And, addressing the bulk issue:

The company also acknowledged that some users of the original version had found it uncomfortable to wear for lengthy periods. It said a revamped fitting system should mean the kit now felt as if it was “floating” on workers’ heads.

The result is that it now has most of its computing power packed into a case that sits at the back of your head.

I’m still concerned about the heat you’ll get off that thing – one of the design aspects I much preferred about Magic Leap’s approach was the little computer pack you put on your waist, rather than around your head.

While its getting lower in price – at $3,500, it’s 30% cheaper than v.1 – Microsoft is chasing the only realistic use case that exists right now: business. It already has plenty clients in that arena – and HoloLens’s new ability to track finger movements without any extra hardware will open up major new avenues.