Anyone Can Now Buy a HoloLens from Microsoft

Anyone Can Now Buy a HoloLens from Microsoft

Anyone can now buy a HoloLens from Microsoft, as long as you have $3,000 to spare and live in the U.S. Previously, it was only available to select developers (who also ponied up $3,000), but now it's available without that restriction. Keep in mind that this is still an early unit, and a true consumer version should be more affordable.

Anyone Can Now Buy a HoloLens from Microsoft

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This gives wannabe developers a chance to try out the headset and perhaps try apps from other developers. In fact, if you have $15,000, you can buy up to five HoloLens sets. Larger corporations can now buy more headsets than just the few that their developers might have had access to. It could be used by manufacturers, for example. A great use case is for automotive manufacturing and repair, as a technician could wear the HoloLens and see images and instructions superimposed on their view of a car engine.

Anyone Can Now Buy a HoloLens from Microsoft

Now that Pokémon Go has raised the interest of consumers, journalists, developers, and investors in the practical use case of augmented reality, Microsoft's HoloLens could be almost ready for prime time. The "mixed reality" headset lets you see your surroundings, similar to Google Glass, but can also superimpose images, video, and text on top of that view. It's not quite Virtual Reality, but that could be better, as you can wear it while walking and interacting with the real world. But it will have to be more affordable to compete with always-available, already-paid-for augmented reality features of a smartphone.

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.