Microsoft is offering developers the chance to purchase a HoloLens and accompanying development kit for $3,000.
Pre-orders for the mixed-reality hardware platform started on Monday and will begin shipping on March 30 in the US and Canada.
The company will ship the development devices with several HoloLens-specific apps meant to show off the platform’s capabilities. Among those apps are Skype and a few games.
This is not a consumer launch. Microsoft has spent months inviting specific developers into the HoloLens program. Invites will go out in batches for the actual devices.
The $3000 development kit includes an HoloLens, a clicker for interacting with applications beyond gestures, a carrying case, nose pads and overhead straps, as well as a microfiber cloth and a charger.
The actual device features 2GB of RAM (kind of low???) and 64GB of Flash memory. The device weighs 576 grams.
The developer version features two to three hours of battery life and up to two weeks of standby time.
The company has also revealed that the HoloLens will be passively cooled and will feature both an Intel 32-bit architecture CPU and Microsoft’s own custom-built “Holographic Processing Unit” (HPU).
The HoloLens also features sensors, microphones, and a camera.
The display features 2 HD 16:9 light engines that will offer a “holographic resolution” of 2.3 million light points.
“HoloLens has see-through holographic lenses that use an advanced optical projection system to generate multi-dimensional full-color holograms with very low latency so you can see holographic objects in your world,” Microsoft’s Alex Kipman writes.
“The key to a great holographic experience is holograms that are light point rich, i.e., they have a high holographic density and are pinned, or anchored, to the world around you.”