It’s been more than two years since Microsoft launched the HoloLens, its AR and mixed-reality-based headset. Two years is a long time in the tech industry, and HoloLens is due for a much-needed upgrade. Microsoft has not made any announcement about the next version of the HoloLens. There’s not much information available on what it will be called, or when we can expect to see it. However, it appears that Microsoft is working hard on the HoloLens 2.
According to a new report by MSPowerUser, a new patent has been spotted on the internet hinting that Microsoft is planning to double the field of view with the next version of HoloLens. Limited field of view was one of the major issues with the original HoloLens. The report noted that this patent was initially filed back in December 2016 and it describes “MEMS laser scanner having enlarged FOV.” The patent explained that the laser scanner that was designed for “near-eye displays” may use “light of different polarizations to expand the field of view without increasing the range over which the mirror of the scanner oscillates.”
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The original HoloLens came with the 35-degree field of view and the patent hints that it will be increased to 70 degrees. However, the patent notes that the field of view “may be greater or lesser than that in further embodiments” as reported by Windows Central. Microsoft is expected the launch the next version of HoloLens in early 2019 along with “significantly improved holographic displays” at a “significantly less” cost.