Microsoft will allow businesses to customize HoloLens 2 before purchasing a fleet of headsets. Trimble, the owner of 3D modeling package SketchUp, has already modified the headset so that it can be worn like a hard hat in construction sites and other potentially dangerous locations. The rebranded version will be called Trimble XR10 and is set to launch alongside the regular HoloLens 2 later this year. Microsoft says it will work with other companies and launch more bespoke headsets over time.
HoloLens 2 will launch later this year for $3,500, or as part of a subscription that includes Dynamics 365 Remote Assist (a piece of software that helps technicians diagnose problems remotely) for $125 per month. The headset will be sold in the US, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand, Microsoft confirmed.
The original HoloLens was released in March 2016. The hardware was undeniably unique, and early demos, which included a tabletop version of Minecraft
, hinted at the platform's potential. The Development Edition was never meant for the public, however, and the $3,000 price tag was too high for most people. The headset suffered from a narrow field of view, too, that limited the effect to a letterbox-sized window. With no major price drops or bundles, the platform was limited to the enterprise and education markets.