This year’s CES wasn’t big on AR news, but Microsoft may be waiting untilto spring information on the next expected update to its AR headset, the . An invite to a press conference on Feb. 24 at MWC suggests the might be big reveal.
Sure, the invite itself seems mysterious, with an image of a futuristic Barcelona, where MWC is held. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be giving the keynote, along with CVP Julia White and — most tellingly — Technical Fellow Alex Kipman, the creator of Kinect and HoloLens and head of Microsoft’s mixed reality efforts.
Microsoft hasn’t immediately responded to a request for comment, but the HoloLens 2 was expected to debut sometime in early 2019. Microsoft recentlyto supply the US Army with HoloLens headsets.
The original HoloLens AR headset was first released in 2016, layering hologram-like 3D graphics into the real world in a stand-alone package, but hasincluding a narrow field of view. The next HoloLens may improve field of view and bring more advanced controls, as well as eye-tracking.
Magic Leap’s first-generation AR headset, the, debuted last year and aims for similar developer and enterprise territory.
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s VR efforts for Windows 10, which resulted in a number ofin late 2017 through early 2018, have fallen relatively quiet since.
: It’s a promise unfulfilled.
: The door is a transparent LCD screen.