February 29, 2016 9:28am
Update – March 1st: We reached out to Microsoft to understand Canadian pricing of HoloLens and the company stated it costs $4,300 CAD. Shipping is still scheduled for March 30th.
Microsoft announced today it’s opening pre-orders for HoloLens, its Windows 10-powered augmented-reality headset, on March 30th.
The first set of units will be given to developers who applied to purchase the HoloLens Development Edition, with each unit costing $3,000 USD. Microsoft stated in a blog post that devices will ship to devs located in the U.S. and Canada.
A consumer version of HoloLens is expected to release sometime down the line.
Last year, we learned that the device is set to sport an x86 processor, 2GB of RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The device supports Bluetooth 4.1 and a 60Hz refresh rate.
Unlike high-end virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, HoloLens is set to operate as an independent device, and does not need to be tethered to a high-end PC. Multiple headsets can also reportedly be linked together via local WiFi or remotely via the Internet, creating what the company calls a shared augmented reality experience.
“With HoloLens you can create and shape holograms with gestures, communicate with apps using your voice, and navigate with a glance. HoloLens understands your gestures, gaze, and voice, enabling you to interact in the most natural way possible,” said Alex Kipman, Microsoft’s chief HoloLens evangelist, in a recent statement. “I’m really excited to start this journey with you. This platform was created for you, the dreamers, the creators, the Windows developers.”