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Title    Microsoft Misrepresented HoloLens 2 Field of View, Faces Backlash for Military Contract
Date    Wednesday February 27 2019, @11:23PM
Author    martyb
Topic   
from the hollow-holo-promises dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/02/27/2118238

takyon writes:

Microsoft Significantly Misrepresented HoloLens 2's Field of View at Reveal

To significant anticipation, Microsoft revealed HoloLens 2 earlier this week at MWC 2019. By all accounts it looks like a beautiful and functional piece of technology and a big step forward for Microsoft's AR initiative. All of which makes it unfortunate that the company didn't strive to be clearer when illustrating one of the three key areas in which the headset is said to be improved over its predecessor. [...] For field of view—how much of your view is covered by the headset's display—[Alex] Kipman said that HoloLens 2 delivers "more than double" the field of view of the original HoloLens.

Within the AR and VR markets, the de facto descriptor used when talking about a headset's field of view is an angle specified to be the horizontal, vertical, or diagonal extent of the device's display from the perspective of the viewer. When I hear that one headset has "more than double" the field of view of another, it says to me that one of those angles has increased by a factor of ~2. It isn't perfect by any means, but it's how the industry has come to define field of view.

It turns out that's not what Kipman meant when he said "more than double." I reached out to Microsoft for clarity and found that what he was actually referring to was not a field of view angle, rather the field of view area, but that wasn't explained in the presentation at all, just (seemingly intentionally) vague statements of "more than twice the field of view."

[...] But then Kipman moved onto a part of the presentation which visually showed the difference between the field of view of HoloLens 1 and HoloLens 2, and that's when things really became misleading.

Microsoft chief defends controversial military HoloLens contract

Microsoft employees objecting to a US Army HoloLens contract aren't likely to get many concessions from their company's leadership. CEO Satya Nadella has defended the deal in a CNN interview, arguing that Microsoft made a "principled decision" not to deny technology to "institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy." The exec also asserted that Microsoft was "very transparent" when securing the contract and would "continue to have that dialogue" with staff.

Also at UploadVR, Ars Technica, and The Hill.

See also: Stick to Your Guns, Microsoft

Previously: U.S. Army Awards Microsoft a $480 Million HoloLens Contract
Microsoft Announces $3,500 HoloLens 2 With Wider Field of View and Other Improvements

Related: Google Drafting Ethics Policy for its Involvement in Military Projects
Google Will Not Continue Project Maven After Contract Expires in 2019


Original Submission

Links

  1. "takyon" - https://soylentnews.org/~takyon/
  2. "Microsoft Significantly Misrepresented HoloLens 2's Field of View at Reveal" - https://www.roadtovr.com/microsoft-significantly-misrepresented-hololens-2s-field-of-view-at-reveal/
  3. "looks like a beautiful and functional piece of technology" - https://www.roadtovr.com/hololens-2-hands-on-preview-mwc-2019/
  4. "Microsoft chief defends controversial military HoloLens contract" - https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/25/microsoft-ceo-defends-hololens-army-contract/
  5. "objecting to a US Army HoloLens contract" - https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/23/microsoft-workers-demand-end-to-hololens-contract-with-army/
  6. "defended" - https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/25/tech/augmented-reality-microsoft-us-military/
  7. "UploadVR" - https://uploadvr.com/hololens-2-field-of-view/
  8. "Ars Technica" - https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/02/nadella-microsoft-will-sell-war-tech-to-democracies-to-protect-freedoms/
  9. "The Hill" - https://thehill.com/policy/technology/431213-microsoft-employees-protest-technology-contract-with-us-army-designed-to
  10. "Stick to Your Guns, Microsoft" - https://www.wsj.com/articles/stick-to-your-guns-microsoft-11551140400
  11. "U.S. Army Awards Microsoft a $480 Million HoloLens Contract" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/11/29/010204
  12. "Microsoft Announces $3,500 HoloLens 2 With Wider Field of View and Other Improvements" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/02/24/2219214
  13. "Google Drafting Ethics Policy for its Involvement in Military Projects" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/05/31/0046202
  14. "Google Will Not Continue Project Maven After Contract Expires in 2019" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/06/03/0711225
  15. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=32040

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