Microsoft wants more developers to create HoloLens experiences

Patrick O'Rourke

January 14, 2016 7:45pm

Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset is likely a few years away from commercial release, but that hasn’t stopped the company from encouraging developers to start working on future content for the platform.

With this goal in mind, Microsoft has released a new video designed to help engineers and designers gain a greater understanding of how the experimental headset actually works, giving content creators a look at what Microsoft calls “mixed reality.”

In the video, Microsoft discusses how HoloLens wearers are able to to use apps, software and tools, while still walking around the physical world, interacting with people around them.

Microsoft says that HoloLens supports Microsoft Visual Studio, C#, and Unity development software platforms.

While the technology powering HoloLens is fascinating, early impressions of the device have been less than positive. HoloLens’ current build features a small viewfield, forcing the wearer to look at augmented reality content directly in the middle of the headset’s display. While it’s still unclear, Microsoft has stated in various interviews that issues like this will be solved with future HoloLens iterations.

In many ways, HoloLens is exactly where Oculus was three years ago when it first launched on Kickstarter. The technology is still unproven, but has a significant amount of potential.

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  • TheShinraCorp .

    Oh sure I can help develop a Hololens type of game that involves pretending to be piloting a giant mech or act like a kaiju (giant monster), but only if you didn’t charge an arm and a leg for a developer version of it. Wasn’t it like 1000$ for one of these?

    • Marc Palumbo

      Same price as a MacBook Pro. Developers can expense those purchases and file for government grants (R&D). The fact that a large pool of developers have gone in and ordered one means that it’s working out.

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