HoloLens debut in early 2015, and went on sale in 2016. But there was also a lot of negative HoloLens news in 2017, even though HoloLens was said to have discontinued production. The latest news is that the new generation of HoloLens head has been in development.
In July 2017, Marc Pollefeys, Director of Science at HoloLens, said Microsoft is developing a new HoloLens Holographic Processing Unit (HPU), the new chip for use in the next generation of HoloLens heads.
However, it was reported later that Intel planned to halt the CPU chip used by HoloLens, while another supplier, Himax, was also denounced for not receiving the new order, triggering HoloLens to suspend production.
However, HoloLens, the world's best AR head to date, is available in 41 countries around the world and has even recently launched a leasing business. Meanwhile, Alex Kipman of Microsoft Hardware Team reiterated in his recent article "What to expect for Mixed Reality in 2018" that the plan for the next generation of HoloLens Heads will never change.
Last July we announced that the next generation of HoloLens will integrate AI into our custom silicon silicon holographic processor (HPU). Our project will continue to allow us to ensure that the HoloLens truly perceive their environment before the project begins.
The computational power through the cloud is one of the catalysts to accelerate AI, and it will be a real year for mixed reality clouds. The AI that is used today to understand physical objects assists with AI. Combining this with mixed reality allows us to achieve a continuous mixed reality experience across users, sites, and objects.
In addition, there are also reports in 2017 that Microsoft canceled the second-generation HoloLens internal planning and directly developed the third generation of internal planning and is expected to be listed in 2019.
But now that Kipman is talking about 2018 trends in the article and emphasizing the potential for HoloLens to bind to AI, does that imply that the HoloLens 2 head-on (where the second generation refers to the next-generation release) This year debut it?