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Microsoft HoloLens 2 to also feature in-house designed AI processor

Microsoft will be designing its own AI chips to explore maximum potential out of mixed reality and artificial intelligence.

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Microsoft has announced to explore the possibilities of combining the HoloLens 2 VR headset with Artificial Intelligence. The company is working towards the next-in-line upgrade to HoloLens VR headset, and the processor on board will be equipped with AI coprocessor in order to bring more features and AI services to the platform.

According to a TechCrunch report, the AI coprocessor will enable HoloLens to analyze data without accessing cloud systems. This would lend the HoloLens VR headset more mobility as it can work independently without always staying online. Also, this would make HoloLens process applications faster. The company also revealed that it will be designing the AI chips on its own in order to explore maximum potential out of mixed reality and artificial intelligence. “We really do need custom silicon to help power some of the scenarios and applications that we are building,” says Kevin Scott, Microsoft’s chief technology officer, as quoted by Bloomberg. ALSO READ: Apple working on a dedicated AI chip for its iPhones: Report

AI chips picked up pace since last year when major chipmakers such as Intel and Nvidia started developing them. Following the bandwagon, Google’s parent company Alphabet also developed their own AI chips. It is speculated the Apple could soon enter the market with its own AI chip soon as well. ALSO READ: Google I/O 2017: 12 key announcements made at Google’s annual developer conference

As per CNBC report, the HoloLens 2 powered by AI chips will be able to perform tasks such as recognize objects in the line of sight. The chip will also not let the battery die on you as the main computing unit will not be exhausted for analyzing such data. “This is the kind of thinking you need if you’re going to develop mixed reality devices that are themselves intelligent. Mixed reality and artificial intelligence represent the future of computing, and we’re excited to be advancing this frontier,” said Microsoft.

  • Published Date: July 25, 2017 1:17 PM IST
  • Updated Date: July 25, 2017 1:35 PM IST