HoloLens 2: inside Microsoft's new headset

Publication Title
The Verge
Publication/Creation Date
February 24 2019
Dieter Bohn (creator)
Alex Kipman (contributor)
Microsoft (contributor)
Media Type
News Broadcast
Persuasive Intent
Microsoft is making a new HoloLens headset, called HoloLens 2. But, it's only getting sold to companies (and "first line workers"), not consumers. Meant for professionals who work with their hands and not on computers, the new HoloLens has an improved field of view and doesn’t clip as much as the original. Dieter Bohn visited Microsoft’s campus to get an early look at the new HoloLens 2 headset.

Hololens 2 uses the Azure Kinect sensor to scan the room at a higher level of fidelity. Alex Kipman explains, "for spatial mapping on Hololens 1, it was just one big mash, it was like dropping a blanket over the real world. With Hololens 2, we go from spatial mapping, to semantic understanding of space. As you understand, what is a couch? What is a human sitting on the couch? What's the difference between a window and a wall?"

Dieter reports that Hololens 2 also better understands the placement and movement of your hand, so you can more naturally grab and manipulate objects without learning pre-defined gestures (e.g. using pinching motions to select).
HCI Platform
Location on Body