You can now buy your own HoloLens (but should wait a while before you do)


Up until now, only developers could get their hands on a HoloLens – Microsoft's futuristic augmented reality headset. What's more, they had to go through a special application process to be bestowed with the company's approval. Well, that's a thing of the past now, as the big M has decided to give everyone a chance to try out its AR device.

There would be scant point in doing this, of course, as at this stage there is simply not a lot that you can do with a HoloLens. It will likely be quite a while before an end consumer version of the headset is released, thus leading to its wider adoption and, consequently, to more software being developed for it.

If you want to get your own futuristic AR headset anyway, you have to meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be located in the US or Canada
  2. You need a Microsoft account
  3. You need $3000 – that's what a unit costs

You should keep in mind that although pretty much anyone can now buy a HoloLens, the device is still very much aimed at developers, hence the hefty price tag and online-only availability.

Microsoft made HoloLens development units available to select developers back in March, and the fact that it is opening up to the general public so soon is surprising and impressive at the same time, as it indicates confidence in both the hardware's qualities and Microsoft's own abilities to produce it in mass quantities.

source: Microsoft Store via TechCrunch

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