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Microsoft announced that applicants will begin receiving invitations today to purchase the HoloLens Developer Edition for $3,000. The kit will come with the device, a carrying case, a charger, a microfiber cloth, a Bluetooth clicker, nose pads, and an overhead strap. It will ship on March 30.

Software includes HoloStudio, a program for creating 3D in 3D at "real world scale", a version of Skype that allows people to communicate using holograms, HoloTour, which allows the user to transport to other locations, and three games: Fragments, Young Conker, and RoboRaid (previously known as Project X-Ray).

The specs of the HoloLens Development Edition have also been unveiled:


· See-through holographic lenses (waveguides)
· 2 HD 16:9 light engines
· Automatic pupillary distance calibration
· Holographic Resolution: 2.3M total light points
· Holographic Density: >2.5k radiants


· 1 IMU
· 4 environment understanding cameras
· 1 depth camera
· 1 2MP photo / HD video camera
· Mixed reality capture (link to blog)
· 4 microphones
· 1 ambient light sensor

Human Understanding

· Spatial sound
· Gaze tracking
· Gesture input
· Voice support

Input / Output / Connectivity

· Built-in speakers
· Audio 3.5mm jack
· Volume up/down
· Brightness up/down
· Power button
· Battery status LEDs
· Wi-Fi 802.11ac
· Micro USB 2.0
· Bluetooth 4.1 LE


· Battery Life – 2-3 hours of active use, 2 week standby
· Passively cooled (no fans)


· Intel 32 bit architecture
· Custom-built Microsoft Holographic Processing Unit


· 579g


· 64GB Flash

OS and Apps

· Windows 10
· Windows Store

What you need to develop

· Windows 10 PC able to run Visual Studio 2015 and Unity 5.4

Seeing a 32 bit architecture and 2 GB of RAM is a bit surprising, given just how powerful and lag-less the device is. What's more notable is the battery life.

Two to three hours of use is fine for a development kit, but it's very low for a consumer model, assuming that the consumer model ships with similar specs and given the use cases we've seen. We've seen HoloLens used to watch Netflix on a holographic display and to stream Halo from an Xbox One.


Source: Neowin