There's a new Microsoft Kinect, but it's not built for gaming

There's a new Microsoft Kinect, but it's not built for gaming

There's a new Microsoft Kinect, but it's not built for gaming

Outside of its use for gaming though it appears Microsoft is having a lot more success with Kinect where a variety of companies have made use of the peripheral for a variety of health or security purposes.

Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its HoloLens augmented reality headset on Sunday, promising wearers would feel more immersed in the augmented reality experience and more comfortable.

Earlier at MWC 2019, Microsoft officially revealed HoloLens 2, a new version of the headset that not only improves on the mixed reality technology, but it should be much easier to wear and use.

Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman shows off the new HoloLens 2. In addition to the new ARM chip, HoloLens 2 features a 2nd Generation Custom-built Holographic Processing Unit, 2k 3:2 screens, a new Azure Kinect sensor, various sensors (Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer) and cameras that can shoot 8MP stills and 1080p30 video.

"HoloLens 2 contains eye-tracking sensors that make interacting with holograms even more natural", said the company. One of the big issues with the original HoloLens was its small field-of-view, but Microsoft says that it has more than doubled the view for seeing virtual objects and items in HoloLens 2.

Microsoft is making the Azure Kinect DK available for preorder today for $399 available in the USA and China, but if it proves to be successful in those markets, we could easily see it be rolled out elsewhere. Engineers could use it to help construct new prototypes of products.

On the connectivity front, HoloLens 2 supports WiFi 802.11ac 2×2, Bluetooth 5.0, and the headset also comes with a USB Type-C that supports fast charging. It's a little pricey as a webcam, but given its other benefits and AI features, it could prove to be very useful for companies wanting to make use of its impressive technology.

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