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This week at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Microsoft unveiled the official next version of its augmented reality (AR) head-mounted display device: the HoloLens 2. Yesterday, images of the HoloLens 2 were leaked online ahead of its official announcement that came later that day.
Earlier today, Jamie Feltham from UploadVR got the chance to go hands-on with the device and called it the first AR headset that he could actually see himself using, realistically. There are lots of contenders in the AR space now from Magic Leap to nReal, so it will be interesting to see how these devices grow and expand alongside one another.
I also find it interesting that Microsoft decided to go with the traditional “2” in the name rather than employing some other naming scheme such as they’ve done with Xbox (Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One) and especially since the original HoloLens never really evolved beyond just being a developer kit.
Now that we know a bit more about the headset and have seen it in action, what do you think? What are your thoughts on the HoloLens 2? Are you impressed with the design of it visually, with its specs, or something else? Or are you mostly disappointed? Do you plan on getting one as a developer, business owner, or even consumer?
Whatever you’re thinking, let us know down in the comments below!