MS HoloLens, the future of computing (they say)

March 2, 2016 | 09:28
Microsoft Hololens package as seen with non-VR glasses
Microsoft Hololens package as seen with non-VR glasses
The HTC Vive isn't the only device in the recent VR headset craze: Microsoft has opened up applications (!) for the HoloLens Developer Edition. Windows Insiders can apply for two devices priced at a mere $3K each, with shipping (promised) to start on 30 March.

The Hololens package comprises a headset, along with a carry case, a Bluetooth controller, an AC adapter and a spare nose-arch. Microsoft pledge that early developers will get "immediate access to hundreds of UWP apps through the Windows Store – great and familiar apps like OneDrive, Maps, Remote Desktop, People, Movies & TV, Groove Music and Microsoft Office apps."

We want tech speak. Hololens is powered by the Microsoft Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) and Intel 32-bit architecture, there’s 2 GB of RAM on board, along with 64 GB of storage. Battery life is stated as 2-3 hours for active use and the headset weighs just under 580g.

Billed as "the future of computing" when it was unveiled at the Windows 10 launch event last year, HoloLens is claimed to outdo Google Glass, Oculus Rift, Nintendo Wii U, and RoboCop helmet. VR or RR (real reality): seeing is believing, and that extra nose-arch may be for Pinocchio.
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