Microsoft’s HoloLens specs clarified, dev kit price announced

Microsoft’s self proclaimed ‘Technical Evangelist’ Bruce Harris has shared new information on the company’s Augmented Reality device HoloLens.

Speaking at an event in Tel Aviv, Harris divulged new technical information and developer kit prices for the HoloLens.

 

Microsoft's HoloLens

Microsoft’s HoloLens

 

According to Neowin, Harris stated whilst running in wireless mode the HoloLens can last up to 5.5 hours on a single charge; when used normally. More intensive usage will diminish the battery life down to 2.5 hours.

Harris also talked about the field of view allowed by the wearable, saying the device will have an FOV similar to a person “standing two feet away from a 15-inch monitor.” It will also connect to all tethered devices via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, even if located in different rooms.

The development kit for HoloLens will be made available during the current quarter, and it will set inquisitive developers back $3,000 (USD). While the price may seem rather expensive, Microsoft has always stated that the technology was aimed at enterprise usage and not game development.

Harris didn’t divulge an estimated consumer model price, but related the limited battery life and FOV  functionality to keeping the unit price somewhat affordable. Harris added that once the manufacturing process improves Microsoft will adjust the price accordingly.

 

 

You can watch a video of Harris’ talk above. I apologize in advance if it isn’t available when you’re reading, as Microsoft have been systematically pulling them from YouTube.

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