Cryptic Microsoft video sparks speculation about next-gen HoloLens ‘mixed reality’ headset

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 12, 2019

Microsoft started talking about HoloLens 2 back in July 2017, now it looks ready to unveil the finished product and show us what second-generation mixed reality makes possible.

Alex Kipman, credited as the mind behind the original HoloLens, has shared a cryptic video on YouTube hinting that Microsoft might announce the HoloLens successor at the company's official event scheduled for February 24, 2019 in Barcelona, during MWC 2019.

Kipman's video shares only one truly concrete piece of information: a date.

The teaser ends with the date February 24 and the location Barcelona.

Could that suggest a wirefree, truly mobile experience?

The original HoloLens remains at present, at best, a hobbyist device, primarily reserved for enterprise users, while the Windows Mixed Reality program headsets from the likes of Acer and ASUS are more consumer-facing takes on the headset concept.

In particular there's a new Holographic Processing Unit (or HPU 2.0), which is expected to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 instead of the old Intel Atom, and the efficiency benefits of this chipset should allow for a lighter, smaller headset.

Two of the most obvious areas for improvement are the device's field of view and its relatively chunky design, though whether it decides to continue down its current route of pushing the headset in education, industry and the developer scene is perhaps just as intriguing.

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