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Microsoft and Others Use Mobile World Congress to Debut New AR Hardware and Use Cases

by Eric Abbruzzese | 1Q 2019 | IN-5422

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As always, Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year brought the latest announcements and demos in the mobile device and connectivity marketplace. Augmented Reality has had an increasing presence at MWC over the past few years, and this year was no exception. Along with the expected 5G and new handset announcements, Microsoft showed their next generation HoloLens. A few days earlier, the company also revealed plans for a dedicated HoloLens mobile app for remote expertise, rounding out the Microsoft AR ecosystem. Vuzix also showed their new M400 AR device at the show. While it is perhaps surprising that these reveals were done at MWC over CES or another show, there is a clear connection between connectivity, mobile devices, and augmented reality. Enabling novel use cases and enhancing existing ones are both being explored in AR, whether through 4G today or 5G tomorrow, and this discussion is supported by the latest and greatest handset technology, alongside the smart glasses announcements.

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