Microsoft is to start shipping a development edition of the Microsoft HoloLens device to developer applicants on 30 March.
Having only been revealed to the general public in January 2015, this latest development has been heralded as the first step in HoloLens’ journey to being available to consumers.
“Thousands of developers have experienced HoloLens first hand and have contributed ideas to the ecosystem through programmes like ‘Share Your Idea’,” said Alex Kipman, a technical fellow for new device categories in the Operating System Group at Microsoft. “Our developer roadshows were fully booked across all eleven cities within the first 90 minutes of being made available. The enthusiasm we are seeing is exciting! We have introduced new partners like Volvo Cars, Autodesk Fusion 360 and have continued to make progress in our partnerships with Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, Trimble, and NASA.”
Microsoft recently reported that NASA is using the HoloLens devices in space after being successfully delivered to the International Space Station to aid in its Project Sidekick work.
The Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition enables holographic computing natively, with no markers, no external cameras, no wires, no phone required, and no connection to a PC needed. Also, as the device runs on Windows 10, the interface is the familiar for users.
Developers that purchase HoloLens will be able to access hundreds of Universal Windows Platform apps through the Windows Store. The development edition also allows access to a showcase of holographic app experiences that will help developers get started, designed to demonstrate what the device can do, and how it operates.
“HoloLens is an amazing Windows 10 device, and the APIs responsible for holographic computing are already available in Windows 10,” Kipman added. “Starting today, developers will have access to documentation, and to the developer community, that will help them create amazing experiences. Developers should go to dev.windows.com/holographic for guides and detailed tutorials.”
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