Microsoft has announced a new augmented reality system — HoloLens 2

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The system was revealed during the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition.

The augmented reality technology allows for the overlay of virtual graphic elements on a screen display over the feed of the system's camera. So, for example, the augmented reality technology could place a virtual cup of coffee on a real table.

This technology will make it easier to manage large flows of information and use the space more efficiently.

The new gadget was primarily created to visualize business ideas, as well as help workers in various fields and positions.

According to a statement by Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, the new model will be much more comfortable and convenient than the version released in 2016.

Here are some features included in HoloLens 2:

  • An increased angle of vision (approximately two times greater than the previous model).
  • Support of “foveated rendering” — the system of eye movement tracking. And, for the first time in a mass-produced device, hand tracking.
  • New features of an augmented reality interface and improved ergonomics.
  • No Microsoft exclusivity — the software is open for third-party programs and systems.

The eye tracking feature has already raised concerns and implications that the technology may be used to collect personal data.

The market price of HoloLens 2 is lower than that of the previous version — $3,500 versus $5,000.

You can pre-order the system now, and it will go on sale later this year.

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