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Microsoft’s HoloLens 2: a $3,500 mixed reality headset for the factory, not the living room

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    vakieh
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    It's not for the factory, it's for researchers. The factory thing is just to ensure it doesn't go the way of Google Glass while they wait for the killer research projects that use it (though I...

    It's not for the factory, it's for researchers. The factory thing is just to ensure it doesn't go the way of Google Glass while they wait for the killer research projects that use it (though I agree it is not aimed at the general consumer and is not likely to be for a long time).

    IMO that killer project is about 5 years out from demo, 10 from mainstream use, and it's going to come out of medicine. Possibly something could come out of nanofabrication or control systems, but medicine is the easy (and exponential) monetisation position. The possibilities for surgery (especially remote surgery) or unskilled diagnosis and treatment, especially by emergency first responders are absolutely stunning.

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    1. nsz
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      I agree with the future direction but I think it's going to 'make it' sooner and not in necessarily in medicine, imo it's too high risk for trying stuff out, a glitch is potentially very deadly. I...

      I agree with the future direction but I think it's going to 'make it' sooner and not in necessarily in medicine, imo it's too high risk for trying stuff out, a glitch is potentially very deadly.

      I see this quite immediately being used in training new line workers on a factory floor. A very repeatable task with the effort to design the system paying of quickly and uses known components so image recognition is easier.

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  2. WinterCharm
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    Mixed reality would always be something for professional use, until it finally trickled down to consumers, just like the room-sized computers of the very early days. Microsoft makes the most money...

    Mixed reality would always be something for professional use, until it finally trickled down to consumers, just like the room-sized computers of the very early days. Microsoft makes the most money from its Enterprise relationships, and it makes perfect sense that this is the market they would target first.

    It's an area where they've got lots of clients, lots of clout, and deep pockets to bring this thing to market, coupled with custom made software solutions for various industrial applications.

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  3. Deimos
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    Here's an interesting post from today that explains a little more about why some of these advances are significant: http://stevesspace.com/2019/02/how-does-hololens2-matter/

    Here's an interesting post from today that explains a little more about why some of these advances are significant: http://stevesspace.com/2019/02/how-does-hololens2-matter/

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