Microsoft has registered a new headset patent
HoloLens, Microsoft’s Mixed Reality (MR) device, has not seen a new iteration since the launch of HoloLens 2 in 2019. However, according to information from Windows Central, a fresh patent filed by Microsoft may instill hope for a novel HoloLens device.
The patent, titled “Modular Head-Mounted Device,” elucidates the characteristics of the invention through illustrations and abstracts, revealing a two-part module and framework design. The front module, presumably the primary component, encompasses sensors and display elements, along with corresponding processing and storage subsystems. The display portion is composed of optical waveguide components, projection apparatus, and more. The front module boasts a standard interface capable of connecting various frameworks, thus assuming diverse forms. In the patent drawings, Microsoft demonstrates how this can be connected to helmets, conventional VR headbands, or even ordinary eyeglass frames. The rear module affixed to the back of the head, can provide power, additional sensors, and enhanced computational capabilities.
While the content of this patent undoubtedly presents an impressive conception on Microsoft’s part, several caveats must be noted. Firstly, patents often represent aspirational goals that may be far removed from actual product realization. Secondly, in a more disconcerting vein, Microsoft underwent significant layoffs in February of this year. Reports indicate that the reductions were particularly acute within the XR department, with entire teams working on HoloLens, AltSpaceVR, and MRTK projects being dismissed. Furthermore, the departure of Alex Kipman, a principal creator of HoloLens, adds to the uncertainty of whether Microsoft will indeed launch a new product in this line.