Microsoft confirmed recently that it’s working on the next iteration of the HoloLens mixed reality headset. The company also confirmed that the next HoloLens headset will feature a dedicated artificial intelligence chip. The company is hard at work developing this chipset and it has now suggested that the chip might actually be used in devices other than the HoloLens.
The dedicated AI chip in HoloLens 2 will enable the headset to tap extra processing power for complex functions like voice and image recognition. This will add more functionality to HoloLens and the headset would be able to process the data on its own without needing to send it off to the cloud.
Microsoft’s corporate vice president of devices Panos Panay has revealed in an interview with CNBC that the development work on this artificial intelligence chip continues at full pace. He was asked if he expects the chip to land on other devices in Microsoft’s hardware portfolio.
Panay replied that this is possible. Not only is Microsoft open to the idea of adding a dedicated AI chip to some of its other devices, it’s also open to the idea of licensing the chip to third-parties who are interested in using it for their own devices.
Microsoft is yet to confirm when it plans on launching the next version of the HoloLens mixed reality headset.