Sunday 22 April 2018

Expect to charge the Microsoft HoloLens frequently


Emma Clark

The Microsoft HoloLens' battery life expectations have been revealed, and it looks like you'll be charging the device pretty frequently.

Microsoft’s HoloLens looks like an intriguing prospect, but that may be because Microsoft hasn’t revealed too much about its wearable device. Microsoft Technical evangelist, Bruce Harris, has filled in some blanks, including estimates about the headset’s battery life.

In a presentation in Tel Aviv, Israel, Harris said that you can expect to get around 2.5 hours of use under “heavy load” and a maximum of around 5.5 hours. It looks like you’ll have to recharge the headset more frequently than you might have expected.

Harris revealed that the device is “totally wireless” and links up with other devices via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. That might explain the battery life woes of the headset.

The HoloLens’ field of view equates to that of a 15-inch monitor, apparently, though Microsoft hopes to extend this as costs and pricing fall.

Finally, the HoloLens looks like it might be one of the more social devices, as you’ll be able to link up two HoloLens devices and conquer augmented reality foes together.

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