Microsoft Hololens (Hybrid Reality Headset) was launched in the Netherlands in 2017. This hybrid reality headset for businesses and developers has had a lot of positive responses. Hololens’s next-generation product was announced in early 2019 and will be available in the U.S. and some European countries by the end of 2019, but these virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) glasses are still not available in many countries.
That may soon change, as Microsoft recently announced that Hololens 2 will be available in the U.S. and several other European countries in the fall of 2020, and there is no word on whether it will open in Greater China.
The Hololens 2 is priced at $3,500, $500 more than the previous hololens price.
In 2017, the first-generation Dutch developer version of Hololens will start at 3,300 euros, and the suggested retail price for a commercial kit will be 5,600 euros.
Although Microsoft has not yet announced a European price, the Hololens 2 is likely to sell for about 3,800 euros.
Microsoft Hololens 2 has improved in several ways compared to the previous version. For example, mixed reality glasses are powered by a combination of the powerful Qualcomm SnapDragon 850 chipset and a custom holographic processing unit. With lasers and mirrors, the new headphones also have a much larger visual angle, with a field of view twice that of the previous Hololens.
The front of the wireless headset includes a camera for scientific research and depth measurement to identify and map objects. Hands and gestures can be recognized so that objects can be touched, caught, and moved.
In addition, the Hololens 2 comes with eye detection and can perform voice commands, so it has several smart microphones built in.