Microsoft Adds AI to HoloLens Silicon

Microsoft Adds AI to HoloLens Silicon

By John P. Mello Jr.

Jul 25, 2017 10:22 AM PT

The next version of Microsoft’s HoloLens may be better at navigating reality than the current version of the mixed-reality headset, thanks to a new coprocessor the company announced Sunday.

The second version of HoloLens’ custom multiprocessor — called a “holographic processing unit,” or HPU — will incorporate artificial intelligence technology, Harry Shum, executive vice president of the Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, said at the annual CVPR computer vision event.

The new HPU will enable HoloLens to do the kind of deep learning processing that typically is done only in the cloud.

HoloLens is designed to be a self-contained holographic computer — battery, sensors and display are contained in the headset. The HPU allows the headset to negotiate reality without experience-killing latency.

“Once you get the pattern algorithms straightened out, you want to run them locally because users can’t deal with any information lag,” said Jack E. Gold, principal analyst at J.Gold Associates.

“It’s got to be local and instantaneous,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Latency kills you in these mixed-reality applications.”

Adding an AI coprocessor to HoloLens “is the kind of thinking you need if you’re going to develop mixed reality devices that are themselves intelligent,” noted Marc Pollefeys, director of science at HoloLens.

“Mixed reality and artificial intelligence represent the future of computing, and we’re excited to be advancing this frontier,” he added.

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *