Microsoft has announced the next generation of its HoloLens wearable headset, HoloLens 2, four years after the first version was introduced.

At the company’s MWC press event in Barcelona, Microsoft said its holographic device features a display of 47 pixels per degree of sight and contains eye-tracking sensors to make hologram interaction more natural – all of which have been designed to help improve the overall mixed reality experience.

For quick and secure access, users can login through iris recognition. The headset also features hand gesture recognition for added hologram experience.

Made from carbon-fibre material, the new headset has a new dial-in fit system for comfortable wear and can be worn over glasses.

While HoloLens was targeted for the average consumer, HoloLens 2 will also be accessible to businesses.

Microsoft’s mixed reality applications like Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, Dynamics 365 Layout, and the new Dynamics 365 Guides, as well as its new Azure mixed reality services will be accessible to businesses so they can develop enterprise-grade mixed reality applications such as interactive content or customised training.

HoloLens 2 will be available in Australia and New Zealand this year for US$3,500 and can be pre-ordered now.