Through a blog post, Microsoft revealed that it is preparing to equip the second-generation HoloLens with an A.I. processor that will give it more features.
HoloLens is not just a VR headset but it could be described more as a wearable computer with a “holographic” display.
Additionally, the device integrates a processor specifically designed by Microsoft, called “Holographic Processing Unit” or simply “HPU”.
The first generation of the “HPU” was designed to process data from the sensors and the camera to determine the user’s movement in the virtual space.
Although not many details are known, the second generation of the “HPU” will also have an artificial intelligence co-processor responsible for calculating issues related to the image received by the user.
In fact, the job of this processor will be to identify objects and locations in real time, without the need to provide data from external sources, such as the “cloud”.
Thus, the second-generation HoloLens will be able to perform all the tasks solely dependent on its own capabilities, without the need for a connection to another computer. This means shorter processing times, greater portability and possibly less need for the device to be online continuously.
Obviously, Microsoft did not announce when the next generation HoloLens or the “HPU” processor will be available.
However, according to Bloomberg, the “HPU” is not the first chip Microsoft has designed, as something similar has created for the “Xbox Kinect” motion monitoring system.
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