Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition Available For Pre-Order
Microsoft kicked off its HoloLens Development Edition pre-orders Monday, as it moves one step closer to expanding the ecosystem for the augmented reality device.
10 IoT Development Best Practices For Success
(Click image for larger view and slideshow.)
Microsoft opened pre-order sales for its HoloLens Development Edition on Monday in a move to expand the ecosystem for its augmented reality device, and avoid a repeat of the Kinect conundrum.
Microsoft is selling the HoloLens Development Edition for $3,000, with shipments beginning on March 30 in the US, Microsoft announced Monday. With this edition, developers will also receive access to documentation, a developer community, and additional developer tools like Visual Studio projects. Once the developer edition starts shipping, Microsoft will release its HoloLens emulator, so that developers can test holographic apps on PCs without need of an actual HoloLens.
"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 new holographic experiences," said Alex Kipman, a Microsoft technical fellow and creator of the HoloLens, in a blog post.
The Redmond giant is aiming to build up a wide breath of apps for the AR device before it ships to consumers, in a move to avoid a repeat of its Kinect disaster. Initially, the Kinect had an astronomical surge in sales, but that early rocket ride crashed after consumers could not find enough apps for the game to justify its purchase.
Kipman, in a presentation last week at the TED conference in Vancouver, is keenly aware a reverse strategy is needed.
"If a consumer bought (HoloLens) today, they would have 12 things to do with it," Kipman is quoted in a Re/code article. "And they would say, 'Cool, I bought a $3,000 product that I can do 12 things with and now it is collecting dust.'"
Microsoft, which introduced HoloLens over a year ago, has had thousands of developers play with the device and contribute ideas to via Microsoft's "Share Your Idea" pathway. Its HoloLens roadshows were fully booked within 90 minutes after becoming available for sign-up, Kipman noted in his blog, adding, "The enthusiasm we are seeing is exciting."
HoloLens is closely tied to the Windows 10 operating system, which supports APIs for holographic computing. HoloLens is designed to be a set of augmented reality glasses that imposes a visual layer over the real environment that surrounds the user. (A virtual reality device fully immerses a user in a created environment.)
Although the HoloLens will be shipping to developers at the end of March, no date has been given as to when it will eventually reach consumers.
Rising stars wanted. Are you an IT professional under age 30 who's making a major contribution to the field? Do you know someone who fits that description? Submit your entry now for InformationWeek's Pearl Award. Full details and a submission form can be found here.
Dawn Kawamoto is an Associate Editor for Dark Reading, where she covers cybersecurity news and trends. She is an award-winning journalist who has written and edited technology, management, leadership, career, finance, and innovation stories for such publications as CNET's ... View Full Bio
We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
2017 State of IT ReportIn today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.