Microsoft has made mixed reality less awkward. That was the major takeaway from my time with HoloLens 2, its new $3,500 headset aimed not at you (or me), but at businesses. It's not only because the headset is so much more comfortable, (though that can take a lot of the credit). Microsoft has also doubled the mixed reality field of view, making the holographic overlay less like a floating reticle and more like a (virtual) display that's useful.
At its MWC press event, Microsoft claimed it was the only holographic device that can display 47 pixels per degree of field of view, making 8-point fonts readable. (And meaning it can cram more information on screen.)
The laser-powered display uses waveguides; slender glass panels that reflect hologramatic projections to your eyes. These have been cut from three layers to two, adding to the weight savings found on version two, remade in lighter carbon fiber.
Barcelona (CNN Business)The newest version of Microsoft's augmented reality headset is designed to help workers of all types better do their jobs.
Microsoft announced the $3,500 HoloLens 2 Sunday in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, an annual event for the mobile industry.
The company demonstrated a variety of possible workplace uses across a range of industries. One demonstration featured a creative team for a toy company collaborating in real time in a virtual conference room. Other demonstrations showed auto manufacturing, industrial equipment repair and medical procedures that were all aided by the augmented reality technology.
Users who wear a HoloLens headset see the world around them, but with virtual graphics overlaid. The images often integrate with real surfaces and objects — imagine a virtual cup of coffee appearing to rest on a real table.
can it do measurements of stuff on the fly? That would be amazing for construction applications. Need a 2x4 cut to 24 7/8"? say "2x4 24 and 7/8th inches" and boom a hud line drawn on the 2x4 to precisely where you need to cut.
Crazy as it sounds spending $3,000+ on something to replace a $5 tape measure, the amount of time it would save would absolutely make it worth it.