Microsoft HoloLens Purchase Letters Excite Developers
Microsoft’s HoloLens is an augmented reality device that could change the future of technology. CNET introduced us to the device one year ago.
“Microsoft’s HoloLens, which the company unveiled at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters on Wednesday, is a sleek, flashy headset with transparent lenses. You can see the world around you, but suddenly that world is transformed.”
CNET added that one could see 3D objects floating in midair, virtual screens on the wall of your living room, and one can even be chased by virtual characters running loose. How does the HoloLens compare to the Gear VR or Oculus Rift?
Actually, the HoloLens is a completely different device. Where virtual reality devices such as the Gear VR transport you into another world, an augmented reality device such as the HoloLens brings another world to the one that already exists. A good example would be sitting down on your couch with the HoloLens. You see your complete living room. Then, you launch a video app that plays a movie screen on your wall. You can still see your dog at the door begging to go out. That wouldn’t be possible using a virtual reality headset.
Unfortunately, for most consumers, the wait for the commercial version of the HoloLens will be at least two or three years. For developers who filed an application to get a beta version of the HoloLens, the wait will only be one month. Here is a sample of the letter that was sent to the author of this article.
“We are thrilled to let you know that your application for the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition has been approved. We’ll be sending invitations to purchase in waves as devices become available. You are part of invitation wave 1”
For others receiving the letter, it almost feels like the golden ticket from Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. There has been a lot of thrilled future owners on Twitter.
Awesome! Just got my invite for wave 1 @Microsoft @HoloLens Development Edition! #vr #Ar pic.twitter.com/eSM6CnJD6a
— Tim Moran (@timothymoran) March 1, 2016
Excited to get my hands on a #HoloLens! Got approved for Wave 1, so I'm hoping they give them to us directly at #Build2016 on March 30.
— Bryan Crow (@BryanTheCrow) February 29, 2016
The only problem with this “golden ticket” is that it will cost $3,000. For developers who make a lot of money, that’s not a problem. For amateur developers, it’s a huge price. Many say that although they are very excited about the HoloLens, they just can’t justify the price right now.
The HoloLens has received praise from those who have tried it. However, the praise isn’t universal.
“Right now, HoloLens doesn’t feel like a device that’s ready for anyone and everyone to strap on themselves,” says Nick Summers of Engadget.
Nate Ralph of CNET says the HoloLens has plenty of potential, but some work needs to be done.
“The HoloLens gave a surreal and satisfying experience, but I wanted more out of it. Currently, I could control it only with my gaze, and by hovering my finger in the air to tap on a cursor. Those work fine, but it needs more sophisticated gestures that mimic real-life movements.”
Let’s hope the HoloLens doesn’t end up like the Google Glass, which became one of the biggest failures in technology history. Are you excited about the Microsoft HoloLens? Let us know in the comments section.
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