Microsoft’s first-gen HoloLens still enjoys a massive
popularity, and it’s one of the first Mixed Reality handsets to
run Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft is
reportedly working on
HoloLens 2, a new pair of mixed
reality smartglasses powered by Windows 10, and it could
be released next year.
The reports earlier this month suggested that the next-gen
HoloLens is already in the works with a targeted release by Q1
of 2019, and it’s codenamed Sydney.
A new patent discovered by tech enthusiast Walking Cat
suggests that the company will double the field of view (FOV)
for the upcoming HoloLens.
It’s worth noting that the patent does not confirm that the
next-gen HoloLens will indeed have a better FOV, but it does
suggest that Microsoft is looking into ways to increase the FOV
of the next generation HoloLens.
The patent “MEMS LASER SCANNER HAVING
ENLARGED FOV”, was filed back in December 2016, explains
how Microsoft could double the FOV of a mixed reality handset.
“A MEMS laser scanner is disclosed for use in a near-eye
display including an increased field of view (FOV). In
embodiments, one or more polarization gratings may be applied
to the mirror of the MEMS laser scanner, which polarization
gratings may be configured according to the Bragg regime. Using
light of different polarizations, the MEMS laser scanner is
able to expand the FOV without increasing the range over which
the mirror of the scanner oscillates,” the patent explains.
MS patent “MEMS LASER SCANNER HAVING ENLARGED FOV” https://t.co/PZLatNZkNB also it
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— WalkingCat (@h0x0d)
June 25, 2018
What is clear, however, is that Microsoft is looking to improve
the HoloLens in the virtual reality market.
Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 will reportedly launch next year
If the reports are believed to be true, the HoloLens 2
will feel much lighter, be more comfortable to wear.
Interestingly, it will be also cheaper in price and it will
have significantly improved holographic displays.
While the report suggests that the HoloLens 2 will be unveiled
in O1, 2019 but it is not clear if the Q1 release date is for
general availability or only developers.
It’s clear that Microsoft is looking to expand its role in the
virtual reality market, and the same report revealed that the
things might get interesting on the road in the coming years.