If that wasn't impressive though, Microsoft has also revealed that the HoloLens 2 won't need any additional controllers as the headset's "time-of-flight" depth sensor and algorithms will track users hands, controller-free.
Another new feature is eye-tracking, which Microsoft can use to authenticate the wearer via Windows Hello. "There are many engineers who contributed to HoloLens before this contract even existed... these engineers have now lost their ability to make decisions about what they work on, instead finding themselves implicated as war profiteers". HoloLens 2 adapts to the user's hand, which lets the user touch holograms, and it also adapts to the user's eyes. Without detailing any specs, Kipman did say that while keeping the same quality resolution HoloLens 2 would now double the FOV.
Microsoft has unveiled the second iteration of its HoloLens mixed reality device. That is the next-generation "mixed reality" headset from the company which is hoped to change "the way work gets done".
Apparently, the key issue against the original version of HoloLens was its limited field of view.
"We have also completely refreshed the way you interact with holograms in HoloLens 2. Together, these enhancements have more than tripled the measured comfort and ergonomics of the device".
Microsoft employees have recently circulated a letter addressed to Nadella and Brad Smith, the company's president and chief legal officer, arguing that the company should not supply its HoloLens technology to the U.S. military.
The HoloLens 2 will be out some time later this year starting at US$3500 and will be initially available in 10 countries, including Australia.
Microsoft Azure Kinect was described on stage as a small, versatile, intelligent edge device that understands people, objects and actions, according to Julia White, corporate vice president for Azure at Microsoft. It's also available as part of a $125 per month subscription that includes Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, which is used by HoloLens-wearing technicians to diagnose problems remotely.