Microsoft Sells HoloLens Developer Kit For $3,000 Starting March 30

Posted: Feb 29 2016, 9:58am CST | by , Updated: Feb 29 2016, 10:20pm CST, in News | Technology News


Microsoft sells HoloLens Developer Kit for $3,000 Starting March 30

The HoloLens augmented reality system is ready to leave the Microsoft campus and go into developer hands.

Microsoft announced today that the HoloLens Development Edition is shipping on March 30 for $3,000. 

"I’m thrilled to announce that starting today, developer applicants will start receiving invitations to purchase the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition – which will begin shipping on March 30th. Today represents a monumental step forward. This is the first step in our journey to consumers. A step focused on our commercial partnerships and on supporting developers, who will help pave the way to consumer availability with amazing and new holographic experiences," said Alex Kipman Technology Fellow at Microsoft.

Starting today, developers will have access to documentation, and to the developer community, that will help them create HoloLens experiences. Developers should go to for guides and detailed tutorials. Additional development tools that include Visual Studio projects and a HoloLens emulator will be released when HoloLens devices start shipping to customers on March 30. 


HoloLens Development Edition

The device consists of multiple environment understanding sensors and it’s powered by a custom-built Microsoft Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) and an Intel 32-bit architecture. The HPU is custom silicon that allows HoloLens to understand gestures and gaze while mapping the world all around you, all in real time.

HoloLens has see-through holographic lenses that use an advanced optical projection system to generate multi-dimensional full-color holograms with very low latency so you can see holographic objects in your world. The key to a great holographic experience is holograms that are light point rich, i.e., they have a high holographic density and are pinned, or anchored, to the world around you. To achieve this, HoloLens has been designed for optimal holographic density of 2.5K radiants. The more radiants and light points there are, the brighter and richer the holograms become.

HoloLens contains advanced sensors to capture information about what you’re doing and the environment you’re in. The built-in cameras also enable you to record mixed reality captures (MRC) — HD pictures and video of the holograms in the world around you that you can share with others even when they don’t have a HoloLens.

With HoloLens you can create and shape holograms with gestures, communicate with apps using your voice, and navigate with a glance. HoloLens understands your gestures, gaze, and voice, enabling you to interact in the most natural way possible. With spatial sound, HoloLens allows you to hear holograms from anywhere in the room, even if they are behind you.

The device also supports Bluetooth 4.1 – helping enable accessories like the clicker that ships with your HoloLens device.

Developers can pre-order the HoloLens now here. The demand is likely to be very high. I assume Microsoft will sell out of the initial batch of HoloLens fairly quickly.

We look at likely another year until Microsoft will launch the HoloLens for consumers. The price will have to be far below $1,000 for consumers to compete against other virtual reality solution, albeit Microsoft's HoloLens is very different from an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

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