January 18, 2016 6:30pm
Despite the fact that HoloLens’s commercial release is still likely three to five years away, information regarding the augmented reality headset’s specific features is slowly beginning to trickle in.
During a speaking event in Tel Aviv, Microsoft’s technical evangelist Bruce Harris revealed HoloLens’ is set to feature between 2.5 and 5.5 hours of battery life, depending on how a person uses the device. “Intensive” use, which likely refers to gaming and 3D applications, cuts HoloLens’s battery life in half. Harris noted any device capable of Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity will be able to talk to HoloLens.
It looks like Microsoft’s often-touted universal Windows 10 app strategy will also come into play with HoloLens. During the presentation, Harris said all universal apps will run on HoloLens and that the headset’s viewable area – one of the main issues with early builds – will reportedly be the same as holding a 15-inch screen two feet from your face.
Continuing his talk, Harris told the crowd that widening HoloLen’s field of vision is a significant goal for the device’s development team moving forward.
Last year we learned that HoloLen’s is set to sport an x86 processor, 2GB of RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a 60Hz refresh rate. Development editions are priced at a heft $3,000 and are set to ship in the first half of 2016.
Last week Microsoft released two information videos related to HoloLens in an effort to encourage developer interest in the device.