Microsoft's reveals early details of HoloLens 2.0

24 July, 2017, 16:22 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Microsoft's reveals early details of HoloLens 2.0

Announced in January 2015 during the Windows 10 unveiling, the HoloLens is a self-contained battery-powered Windows PC in a translucent visor system.

That Microsoft is splashing the cash on making HoloLens a success is no secret, of course.

Microsoft has revealed that it is preparing to equip the second version of its HoloLens VR headset with its own AI processing capabilities to enable more features and services. 'HoloLens contains a custom multiprocessor called the Holographic Processing Unit, or HPU.

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The coprocessor will be used for running deep learning neural networks withing the HoloLens 2 hardware, which are used to train smart software and AI algorithms in a fashion not dissimilar to the way brains dissect information. It is this component which makes it the only standalone holographic computer. The chip supports a wide variety of layer types, fully programmable by us. "[It] is created to work in the next version of HoloLens, running continuously off the HoloLens battery". The AI coprocessor can run continuously, off the HoloLens battery, allowing features such as more sophisticated hand tracking with hand-part segmentation (demonstrated below in a video recorded by an attendee) and on-device voice recognition without having to send samples to the cloud. Earlier we had seen reports of which said that Microsoft will be gearing up to launch its Hololens Headset for consumers in 2019.

Microsoft's first Judge Dredd-style "mixed reality" headset went on sale in the United Kingdom past year, with the firm offering a developer-only version for £2,179, and an enterprise-focused model for £4,529. "Mixed reality and artificial intelligence represent the future of computing, and we're excited to be advancing this frontier", Microsoft said of the chipset plans.

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