Microsoft unveils its HoloLens 2 mixed-reality headset, in a bet on workplace hologram tech

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella looks on during a panel session on day three of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 24, 2019.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella looks on during a panel session on day three of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 24, 2019.

Microsoft unveiled HoloLens 2, an upgraded version of its mixed-reality headset, on Sunday in Barcelona, in a bet that doubles down on the idea that businesses will increasingly use hologram technology in the workplace.

Microsoft said the HoloLens 2 is lighter and more comfortable than the original device it released more than four years ago.

“This new medium is just the beginning of experiencing what’s possible when you connect the digital world to the physical world to transform how we work, learn and play,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at the launch event in Barcleona.

Mixed reality, or augmented reality, is a technology that overlays digital images like holograms onto the real world. Microsoft’s new wireless mixed reality headset also includes an expanded field of view twice as big as the previous device. Microsoft also said the device is three times more comfortable than before.

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