HoloLens 2.0 to get AI injection

The Next HoloLens will have AI.Image: andrew burton/MashableBy Lance Ulanoff2017-07-24 17:17:39 UTC There will be a Microsoft HoloLens 2, and it will be smarter than ever. During a speech at the 2017 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR) on Sunday, Microsoft artificial intelligence and research group executive Harry Shum outlined plans to incorporate artificial intelligence into the mixed-reality headset. To do so, Microsoft is building its own silicon, a brand-new AI co-processor that will be incorporated into the next version of the HoloLen’s Holographic Processing Unit (HPU). Microsoft’s HoloLens is unusual in the virtual and augmented (or mixed) reality space in that it’s stand-alone Windows 10 PC that blends the real world you see through the HoloLens visor with a 3D one that’s projected in front of your eyes.  Unlike the immersive Oculus Rift headset, HoloLens doesn’t require a tethered PC. All the processing and sensor interpretation happens locally, on the HPU, which also means it all runs off the HoloLens’s single, internal battery.  Custom, native silicon is critical to building HoloLens 2.0’s native AI capabilities, without introducing latency or draining the on-board battery too quickly. Microsoft will use this new AI co-processor, which is fully programmable…


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