Hololens 2


Hololens 2 Kits

A loaned kit will include the following items, please check that all items are present in the kit upon borrowing and returning.

  • Hololens 2

  • Power supply + USB C cable

Please find the full Microsoft documentation here, you will find a full summary below.


Power and USB-C (power/data) is located on the back.

Volume and Brightness rockers are located on either side of the front of the device.

Fitting the Hololens

Do not take your glasses off.

Place the Hololens 2 on your head, you may use the knob on the back to adjust the tightness. You may also need to loosen or tighten the velcro strap on the top.

Note that it may take some time to get used to the field of view of the Hololens 2. You may need to make multiple adjustments to ensure you can see the whole extents of the Folograms.


Interactive Area

The Hololens uses your hands to navigate and interact with its content. There is a limited space around the front of the device that is tracked.

This will take a while to get used to but if you are struggling, if the Hololens can see your hand and gestures, it will register.

Near Interaction

To interact with elements nearby, you can simply use your hands. When you get near an element, a small white ring at the top of your index finger acts as a cursor.

  • You may then tap or scroll like you would a touch interface.

  • You can grab elements by by pinching your thumb and index finger.

Far Interaction

To interact with elements that are far away, you are assisted by a different type of cursor; the hand ray. This is a white ray that extends from around your palm. Use the Air Tap gesture to interact in this way.

You can leave your fingers pinched together to air scroll and air grab.

Signing On

The devices should be pre-loaded and already signed in with accounts, set up correctly and with access to the main applications.

If this is not the case, please follow this troubleshooting section. Otherwise, return to Media Hub or NExT Lab to troubleshoot.

Start Menu

This menu is used to load applications and to go between applications. When you are inside an app, there will be an additional 'Home' button available to use.

Hold out your hand and face your palm towards yourself. Tap the Icon on your wrist.


Calibration can be found in the settings application.

Managing Applications

As you open more and more holograms and applications, you will see these as windows or objects in your space. Note that these function like any other computer/tablet, they will remain open as you last left them. Simply tap or air tap them to re-engage with them.


You can grab or air grab any of these elements by title bar or one of the corners to manipulate its context.


You can close elements by tapping or air tapping on the 'x'. Do so regularly on unused elements to ensure maximum performance.

Streaming & Recording

Download the Microsoft HoloLens application, this will allow you to connect to the device through Wi-fi for streaming, and to extract any recordings or photos taken with the device:

  1. Ensure that both devices are on the same network.

  2. Add a device to begin - the application will guide you through the process. The IP address can be found at the bottom of this menu: Settings > Updates > For Developers Enter only the numbers, e.g.

  3. When prompted for login details, simply create a new account just for accessing this device portal. This can be reset at any time. The PIN required will be displayed on the Hololens 2.

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