Microsoft has been speaking about its new Hololens device for awhile now. It is an augmented reality headset that will likely compete with Facebook’s Oculus Rift and other devices that are already out. They are finally releasing Hololens for pre-ordering but only for developers. However, it is pretty expensive at $3,000. If you are a “qualified” developer and want to preorder one, you will receive it after March 30th of this year. This is just for the developer edition, not for the one that consumers will receive. This headset is also different from other VR headsets in that the point of this device is more about augmented reality than virtual reality. Developers will be able to make holographics apps and no one is really clear on what else the devices will be able to do.
In order to get one, you must be in the Microsoft Insiders program for developers and there is a limit of two devices per person. To develop programs for Hololens developers will need to be using Windows 10, Visual Studio 2015 and Unity 5.4 (the gaming engine). The headset also differs from Oculus in that it doesn’t need to be attached to a computer in order to run apps and programs because it has its own CPU. It is rumored to weigh 1.3 pounds, compared to Oculus’ one pound, though, Oculus must be plugged into a computer to work.
This development edition is perfect for creating real 3D graphics because it automatically calculates the space between your eyes for optimal graphics. The device has a whole lot on it. Six cameras are here – five for creating the experience and one so that you can take your own pics and videos. There are also four microphones and accelerometers and gyroscopes to give you as realistic of an experience as possible, so you do get a lot for your $3k.
Will you develop anything for Hololens?
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