Alternative products to Hololens 2

16 alternative and related products to Hololens 2

Hololens 2
Mixed reality is ready for business

HoloLens 2 offers the most comfortable and immersive mixed reality experience available—enhanced by the reliability, security, and scalability of cloud and AI services from Microsoft. $3,500 per device.

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Super stealthy AR startup reveals its first product

Magic Leap Creator Edition is the first product revealed from the super stealthy AR startup. The Creator Edition includes a headset, lightpack, and control.

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MIT Technology Review
Brian Ach | Getty Images Magic Leap, an augmented-reality startup that has raised close to $2 billion without even publicly demonstrating a product, is pulling back the curtains a bit-on its website, at least. The company now says it will release a headset next year for developers, though it still won't divulge how much it will cost or when, exactly, it will… See more
Business Insider
Magic Leap revealed the name and design of its smart glasses on Wednesday. The company says that the hardware will ship in 2018. Magic Leap didn't announce a price. Magic Leap updated its website on Wednesday morning, revealing its highly anticipated augmented reality smart glasses for the first time.
Rolling Stone
Magic Leap today revealed a mixed reality headset that it believes reinvents the way people will interact with computers and reality. Unlike the opaque diver's masks of virtual reality, which replace the real world with a virtual one, Magic Leap's device, called Lightwear, resembles goggles, which you can see through as if wearing a special pair of glasses.
Product Hunt
Today Magic Leap, the super stealthy startup that raised nearly $2B in funding (!!!) just revealed its 23 Alternatives to Magic Leap One

Glasses with a holographic display only you can see 👓📲🤓

Focals are custom-built glasses with a transparent holographic display only you can see. Focals let you see and respond to texts, get turn-by-turn directions, check the weather, request an Uber, talk to Amazon Alexa and more — all without looking away from your surroundings or calling attention to yourself.

Pre-order now: shop.bynorth.com

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Twitter
KW is a hub for innovators & tech companies - and @focalsbynorth is a prime example. Congratulations to the entire team on your launch. https://t.co/dXKe9icchJ
Uncrate
If smart eyewear can achieve mainstream success, it might be through this new release from North. Focals are their augmented reality eyewear without a screen and instead rely on light that filters through a holographic lens with a display that...
Engadget
"Focals are a pair of everyday smart glasses that are designed from the eyewear-first perspective," Stephen Lake, North's CEO and co-founder, told Engadget. "We realized that it can't be like previous approaches of smart glasses, where they try to stick a computer or tech on your face."
CNBC
Google and Intel made smart glasses - Google Glass and Vaunt - but neither product took off with consumers. Now, a start-up called North, formally Thalmic Labs, is introducing a pair of smart glasses that it thinks will appeal to the masses because the design looks so similar to normal glasses.
Wareable
While Silicon Valley shoots for total mixed reality immersion, the 500-person strong North (previously Thalmic Labs) has spent five years building Focals, a pair of stylish, everyday smartglasses. Focals are in many ways what you wanted Google Glass to be. They use an invisible holographic display that can show subtle overlays like...
Techvibes
Wearables; the mention of the word evokes something different in everyone, whether it's a sleek metal watch that tracks heartbeats while streaming Spotify, or a bulky pair of goggles that any person-a techie or not-wouldn't be caught dead wearing in...
VentureBeat
Well-financed wearables company Thalmic Labs is no more - the Canadian startup today announced that it will henceforth be known as North. But more important than that, Thalmic Labs North finally unveiled its second product: holographic smart glasses.
The Globe and Mail
A once-sawdust-ridden corner of a former woodworking shop in Waterloo, Ont., is now a tightly sealed laboratory where even a single speck of dust is considered a threat to the big gamble that one of the region's highest-profile technology companies is undertaking.
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$199 Standalone VR headset from Oculus (no PC!)

An all-new $199 standalone headset from Oculus, not tethered to PC. Oculus Go will sit above the Gear VR headset and under the Oculus Rift. The easiest way to experience VR (available early 2018).

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Alex Barrera
Alex Barrera- Founder at The Aleph Report & Tech.eu
Oculus is the obvious choice. If you aren't going for heavy VR experiences, the Go is the perfect entry.
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The Verge
For the past few years, consumer virtual reality headsets have mostly come in two flavors: tethered headsets that connect to a computer or console, and mobile ones that are powered by a smartphone. That's starting to change, and one of the major catalysts is the Oculus Go headset, which launches today in nearly two dozen countries.
CNNMoney
The Oculus Go is Facebook's first standalone headset. It's sleek, it's comfortable, and, most importantly, it costs just $200. Most VR systems cost at least $500. The standalone device makes for a more seamless experience than the flagship Oculus Rift or other high-end VR systems. It doesn't need cords, an expensive PC or a specific smartphone.
TechCrunch
Onstage at Oculus Connect 4 in San Jose, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new mobile headset called Oculus Go. According to Zuck, "it's the most accessible VR headset yet," it starts at $199 and it's going to ship early next year.
The Verge
Oculus is announcing a new standalone VR headset that will sit in the middle of its mobile Gear VR and high-end Oculus Rift headsets, called Oculus Go. Oculus Go will ship early next year for $199, only slightly more than the $129 Gear VR.
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Lightweight wearable that brings dreams to life.

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Gaurav Agrawal
Gaurav Agrawal- Coder, Thinker, Curious observer
My money is on this :).
Gaurav Agrawal
Gaurav Agrawal- Coder, Thinker, Curious observer
World's most secretive start-up. Magic Leap is building something similar to google's Glasses and Microsoft's Hololens. They didn't launch any product till now but you can check their site to get the glimpse of this new world. They are starting an era of AR. The use cases are eronoumus. It will change the way, how we interact with devices. Education, Health,… See more
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Snapchats latest update to their Spectacles range

Spectacles 3 features dual HD cameras, designed to capture depth and dimension the way your eyes do. Precision-crafted from a single sheet of high-strength stainless steel, the lightweight metal frame is engineered for elegance, durability and comfort.

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Vogue
TO SEE SPECTACLES 3, I have to ring a bell outside a Richard Serra-rust-colored steel gate in Venice, California. It is cliché by now to talk about the Oz-like enigma of tech companies, but Snap Inc.-as it was renamed three years ago, upon its expansion into hardware-makes it hard to resist.
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Minimalist, untethered, smartphone-powered AR headset

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Business Insider
Most college kids around their senior year look for internships or a killer beach house for the summer. Not the founders of Mira. As their fourth year at the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy at the University of Southern California approached, they were working on prototypes and seeking funding for a new device they hoped would supercharge the young and … See more
The Verge
When I first put on the Mira Prism augmented reality headset, I was skeptical. AR is a proven concept in fields like surgery and mechanics, but nobody's made a good pair of glasses for everyday use. They're not cheap enough, they're not sleek enough, and there's not enough to do on them.
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Google announced the brand new version of the Daydream View, and this time, it comes in multiple colors: Charcoal, Fog and Coral. It's also available for $99, which is $20 more than last year's iteration.

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The Verge
The first thing I noticed about Google's new Daydream View VR headset is the pink controller. In the original View, all plastic parts were beige or gray, even if you got the model wrapped with rich crimson fabric. Now, they're coordinated: if you buy the colorful "Coral" edition, you'll get a coral remote, too.
Engadget
Last year, Google announced the Daydream View, its first ever mobile VR headset. Not only was it powered by Android, it could also be used with a variety of different Daydream-compatible phones and it was covered in fabric. Today, the company announced the brand new version of the View, and this time, it comes in multiple colors: Charcoal, Fog and Coral.
xda-developers
Announced as part of Google's Keynote today, Google will be releasing a version 2.0 of its Daydream platform. According to Google Blog the updated Daydream View will be compatible with the recently announced Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL as well as any other Daydream-ready device, and will be priced at $99.
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Goggles with an AR display. See your metrics while you swim.

The FORM Swim Goggles are the first premium swim goggles with a see-through, augmented-reality display that delivers performance metrics in real time.

Our Mission: To break down the barriers between what swimming is and what it could be.

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Engadget
You could reductively call Form's goggles: "Google Glass, but for swimmers" but the comparison doesn't work. For one thing: Form made something so inconspicuous that nobody noticed them when I tested them out in my local pool. And if you didn't know about the pricey anti-scratch and anti-fog lens coatings, you'd easily mistake them for a pair of mid-tier swi… See more
USA TODAY
CLOSE CLOSE One summer weekend, I was granted two-day access to a nearby resort-style fitness facility with a deluxe indoor pool. So I went for a swim - while connected, of course. Before leaving my apartment, I grabbed my iPhone ( selfie or it didn't happen), packed a pair of swimming trunks, and headed toward the door before realizing, "I forgot to charge … See more
Cult of Mac
Fitness tech startup Form launches its first product today: augmented reality swimming goggles. You might think AR sounds like a bit of a gimmick for swimmers. I certainly did. My Apple Watch already does a pretty good job of logging my swimming workouts, so I didn't see the need for yet another gadget.
The Verge
There are lots of smart gadgets that track running, but few when it comes to swimming. Form is looking to solve that with its new $199 Swim Goggles, which marry a Google Glass-style AR heads-up display with Fitbit-style tracking. But it'll likely only be worth it for truly serious swimmers.
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Azure Kinect DK is a developer kit and peripheral with artificial intelligence sensors for sophisticated computer vision and speech models. It combines a best in class depth sensor and spatial microphone array with a video camera and orientation sensor

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The Verge
Microsoft is making a tiny version of its Kinect sensor for use by businesses for computer vision and speech purposes. Dubbed the Azure Kinect DK, it will debut in the US and China for $399, and acts as a much smaller PC peripheral
TechCrunch
Today's Mobile World Congress kickoff event was all about the next Hololens, but Microsoft still had some surprises up its sleeve. One of the more interesting additions is the Azure Kinect, a new enterprise camera system that leverages the company's perennially 3D imaging technology to create a 3D ...
5 Alternatives to Azure Kinect Developer Kit

A new VR headset with high resolution and built-in tracking

Take on pulse-pounding VR games with our most advanced PC-powered headset.

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TechCrunch
After years of high-profile onstage announcements, Oculus has decided to quietly deliver the successor to its flagship Rift virtual reality headset, confirming most bits of our October report with the release of the new Oculus Rift S. As we first reported, the biggest improvements to the Oculus Rif...
Ars Technica
SAN FRANCISCO-One thing was conspicuously missing from the Oculus demos at GDC 2019: cameras. You need at least two (if not three) of the company's signature webcams to run its PC headset, the Oculus Rift. Those cameras are not great. They come with funky, oversized stands.
4 Alternatives to Oculus Rift S

Experience high fidelity virtual reality with Valve Index VR. Use your existing Base Stations with the Valve Index Headset + Controllers to upgrade your experience today.

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pcgamer
Valve's new VR system has been unveiled. The Valve Index headset and Index Controllers (formerly called 'knuckles' controllers) will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow, and will begin shipping by July 1. By itself, the headset will go for $499.
The Verge
You may recall that Valve has its own virtual reality headset, the Valve Index, which it surprise-revealed one month ago. And you might even remember that Valve said preorders will begin tomorrow, May 1st, and ship this June. Now, we're learning exactly how much the Valve Index will cost: $999.
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A convenient and powerful VR headset made for comfort

Vive Cosmos is a new premium PC VR system, and a vision of the virtual future. It conforms to your wants, your needs with surprising ease and versatility. Whether you’re new to VR or familiar, a fantastic voyage awaits. VIVE Cosmos goes beyond everything you could want in one device.

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Engadget
HTC Americas General Manager Dan O'Brien revealed the Vive Cosmos at CES, but didn't announce any details about availability or price. He promised more information in the near future. VIVE COSMOS will offer absolute comfort, easy set up, & will require no external tracking; COSMOS allows you to enjoy VR at home or on-the-go.
The Verge
HTC has announced a new virtual reality headset called the Vive Cosmos. Based on a very brief appearance during the company's CES presentation, the Cosmos is HTC's bid at a relatively mainstream VR headset. It doesn't require external sensors and uses fully tracked motion controllers, and it's being pitched as a convenient device with "absolute comfort" and … See more
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