Microsoft starts delivering its HoloLens 2

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 augmented reality headset is starting to roll out to customers around the world. A helmet reserved for professionals.

Since Nov. 7, Microsoft’s second-generation HoloLens augmented reality device has begun shipping to customers who have pre-ordered it. Microsoft took HoloLens 2 pre-orders early this year from customers in the United States, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Once the company has completed its first round of pre-orders, it will start shipping to other customers, officials said. Microsoft introduced HoloLens 2 at the end of February this year at the Mobile World Congress.

HoloLens 2 – which, technically, is the third iteration of the HoloLens, since Microsoft skipped the second version – looks somewhat different from the first HoloLens, which Microsoft started selling in 2016. It features a visor that can easily tilt-up, have a wider vertical field of view, connect to Azure to provide various capabilities and services, and is built to be lighter and better ballasted.

Three different prices for HoloLens 2

It features a Snapdragon 850 compute engine and an embedded AI holographic coprocessor. AI models have been deployed on the holographic processor to track the movements of the hands and eyes of users and to interact with holograms.

Microsoft offers three pricing options for HoloLens 2: a HoloLens 2 developer edition of $ 3,500 (available with $ 99 per user per month), a HoloLens 2 SKU for $ 3,500 and a HoloLens 2 subscription (with Dynamics 365 Remote Assist preloaded) of $ 125 per user per month.

Microsoft positions HoloLens as a way to provide mixed reality technology for business use.

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