HoloLens Development Kits Will Ship March 30

Ready to try your hand at building augmented reality apps? Microsoft will start shipping the first wave of its long-awaited HoloLens developer kits on March 30. Today is the first day to pre-order the $3,000 kits for developers who’ve already received invitations from Microsoft. (Haven’t received an invitation yet? Apply here. You must be a registered Windows Insider.)

The kit will come with a number of games and apps designed to demonstrate the possibilities of virtual and augmented reality. They include a holographic version of Skype; HoloStudio, which allows users to build their own holograms, then turn them into physical objects using a 3D printer; and HoloTour, a travel app offering virtual tours of places like Machu Picchu. ActionGram, a social-media-friendly tool for creating holographic video memes, will be available later this summer, according to Microsoft.

Besides the HoloLens headset, developers will receive a Bluetooth-enabled clicker for selecting and controlling virtual objects, a carrying case, a microfiber cloth, charger and micro-USB cable. Specs for the headset itself, per Microsoft, are below. To use the HoloLens, developers will need a Windows 10 PC able to run Visual Studio 2015 and Unity 5.4.

Microsoft also released today a set of tutorials on how to develop for HoloLens. A HoloLens emulator will be released March 30, allowing even devs who haven’t yet received the headset to start testing holographic apps on their PCs.

HoloLens Details:


See-through holographic lenses
2 HD 16:9 light engines
Automatic pupillary distance calibration
Holographic Resolution: 2.3M total light points
Holographic Density: >2.5k radiants (light points per radian)


4 environment understanding cameras
1 depth camera
1 2MP photo / HD video camera
Mixed reality capture
4 microphones
1 ambient light sensor

Human Understanding

Spatial sound
Gaze tracking
Gesture input
Voice support

Input / Output / Connectivity

Built-in speakers
Audio 3.5mm jack
Volume up/down
Brightness up/down
Power button
Battery status LEDs
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Micro-USB 2.0 cable


Intel 32 bit architecture
Custom-built Microsoft Holographic Processing Unit (HPU 1.0)


64GB Flash

Battery Life

2-3 hours of active use
Up to 2 weeks of standby time
Fully functional when charging









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