Microsoft has released its augmented reality (AR) headset, Microsoft HoloLens, in the United States and Canada. The company has announced the release via blog post.
Back in March, Microsoft shipped the very first models to its developers. Although the company still claims that the HoloLens is for its developer and commercial partners, anyone can buy the product at a whopping $3000. The ?no application required? clearly indicates that any one willing to spend such a high amount, can buy the HoloLens.
?We?ve fulfilled the orders for our first waves of developers, and today I?m pleased to announce that we?re expanding the program, making HoloLens Development Edition available to all developers and business customers in the United States and Canada. Developers looking to join our holographic journey can go to hololens.com and purchase up to five devices,? Technical Fellow of Windows and Devices Group, Alex Kipman wrote. ?No application required!?
Although ?no application required? means that anyone can buy, it is still far too expensive. The HTC Vive costs $799, Oculus Rift costs $599 and Samsung Gear VR is priced at $99. May be that is why Microsoft says its is not for the general consumers. The company could be looking to use the holographic technology in more creative sectors rather than in gaming or watching movies.
According to Kipman, Microsoft HoloLens has been used in various fields including ?training aircraft mechanics and flight crews, to helping golf pros and fans get more out of their game.? Microsoft has announced the second major update to the HoloLens with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Kipman also explained the features of HoloLens Commercial Suite features including Kiosk mode to limit which apps to run in the demo or showcase experiences. Mobile Device Management (MDM) for HoloLens will let developers manage multiple devices simultaneously using Microsoft InTune. Bitlocker data encryption to secure data. Wifi network connectivity and a virtual private network to connect with specific group or organisation. With Gamepad support, users can now pair and use Bluetooth gamepads with HoloLens and much more.
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