HoloLens 2 AR announced for $3,500, available to preorder now, ships later this year

CNET | 2/24/2019 | Ian Sherr,
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Comfort, better visuals, easier to use with your hands. That's the takeaway from HoloLens 2, Microsoft's follow-up to the Space Age goggles it announced four years ago. The technology behind the $3,500 HoloLens 2 device, which Microsoft calls "mixed reality," overlays computer images on the real world. Imagine arrows directing you down the street as you walk, or repair instructions floating over a machine as you fix it. That's MR's promise, Microsoft says.

The company was the pioneer in augmented reality worlds when the tech giant debuted its first headset, in 2015, charging companies $5,000 apiece for the gadget. Since then rival devices, such as the $2,295 Magic Leap, have come on the scene.

Prices - MR - Headsets - VR - Technology

At prices like that, MR headsets are far more expensive than the competing VR technology currently on the market. Facebook's Oculus Rift, for example, is $349, HTC's Vive is $499 and Sony's PlayStation VR is $299. You have to buy a computer or PlayStation 4 console to power these VR devices, but even then their prices are at least half what Microsoft or Magic Leap are asking.

A look at the lenses in the HoloLens 2.

Caveat - Microsoft - Improvements - Device - Preorder

Aside from that caveat, Microsoft has made some welcome improvements to the device, which goes on preorder Sunday and will be shipping later this year.

"Computing is embedded in our world, in every place in every way," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said while unveiling the device at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. "Computing is in everything from connected cars to connected refrigerators, smart surgical tools, and even smart coffee machines."

Result - Approach - Companies - Microsoft - Technology

He said the result is that the approach to how companies like Microsoft approach the technology they make. "It's no longer about being device first, it's about putting the human first, and it includes all the devices in their lives."

"We don't have to...
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