Augmented Reality is more and more becoming an important topic. With the HoloLens, Microsoft was one of the first companies to present an augmented reality device. Since the presentation many people are waiting for a second version of this device. Now it seems like we will have to wait a bit longer for a new HoloLens. Already a couple of months ago there have been rumors that HoloLens version 2.0 has been canceled and that version 3.0 is not coming to us before 2019.
These rumors now seem to be confirmed by a statement of the CEO of Himax Technologies. This company is the OEM of the display technology used by the HoloLens. At their earnings call, the CEO said “I mean don’t expect anything major this year or even next” but he is sure that the display technology used by the HoloLens (Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS)) will remain the leader even with high costs and field of view issues. He noted that alternatives like the laser-based DLP and Scanning Mirror have there issues like “sparkling” saying it was a “major, major issue, technical issue and it is really very, very difficult to solve.”
Even if people like us currently do not hear any announcements he made clear that “there are actually a lot of activities going on as we speak behind the scene.”
It seems like we as the consumers still need to wait for an Augmented Reality device like the HoloLens to be ready for our daily life. Nevertheless, Apple might surprise us with an Augmented Reality Headset in the next months.