In case you missed it, Microsoft has begun accepting preorders of their holographic computing system HoloLens for developers who wish to begin creating applications and software for the device. The Developer Edition, which will begin shipping March 30th, will run you $3,000 if you want the kit. This isn’t cheap, so honestly don’t purchase this thing unless you solely plan on developing for it. It’s not ready for commercial use yet.
Microsoft’s official blog post for the preorder launch points out that this is a standalone device, which means it doesn’t need to be connected to a PC or smartphone.
The device consists of multiple environment understanding sensors and it’s powered by a custom-built Microsoft Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) and an Intel 32-bit architecture. The HPU is custom silicon that allows HoloLens to understand gestures and gaze while mapping the world all around you, all in real time.
HoloLens has see-through holographic lenses that use an advanced optical projection system to generate multi-dimensional full-color holograms with very low latency so you can see holographic objects in your world. The key to a great holographic experience is holograms that are light point rich, i.e., they have a high holographic density and are pinned, or anchored, to the world around you. To achieve this, HoloLens has been designed for optimal holographic density of 2.5K radiants. The more radiants and light points there are, the brighter and richer the holograms become.
HoloLens contains advanced sensors to capture information about what you’re doing and the environment you’re in. The built-in cameras also enable you to record mixed reality captures (MRC) — HD pictures and video of the holograms in the world around you that you can share with others even when they don’t have a HoloLens.
(Source: Windows Central)