Some enthusiastic mix-reality developers already knew how to get a HoloLens into Australia and have done so, but now Microsoft have made it all official and easy to buy down under. The HoloLens offers something other solutions don’t, a mixed or augmented reality which lets you see the real world enhanced, rather than a complete immersion in a different world, like VR.
Developers and businesses from Australia, Ireland, France, Germany and New Zealand can now all order the device through the Microsoft Store.
Here’s a brief background of the timeline of HoloLens.
- January 21, 2015: we introduced Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first and still only, self-contained holographic computer. We shared our vision for what is possible when you bring holograms into our world and we demonstrated how holograms have the potential to revolutionize the way we work, communicate, learn and play.
- March 30, 2016: we shipped HoloLens in the United States and Canada and invited developers and organizations to step away from the 2D confines of monitors and pixels to explore what’s possible when technology enters our physical world. We also celebrated our existing partners, organization across a wide range of industries, who moved pilots created specifically for mixed reality and our holographic landscape into production.
- June 1, 2016: we announced that mixed reality is coming to PCs. We invited our virtual reality partners to join us, so that together we could break down the barriers between virtual and physical reality. We combined Windows Holographic with the power of the PC and all its Virtual Reality innovation to enable new mixed reality experiences that are simply not possible on any other platform. Together we created the most complete offering across the widest set of devices, ranging from fully immersive virtual reality to fully untethered holographic computing.
It is impressive to see some of the largest companies in the world experimenting and implementing the HoloLens into their businesses. These companies include Volkswagen, Audi, Volvo, Airbus, NASA’s JPL, AutoDesk and even Australia’s own, BlueScope Steel. Microsoft says there’s now over 80 exclusive mixed reality apps are now available in the Windows Store.
Check out the worldwide launch video to get you juiced up about AR.
Now for the price.. The HoloLens doesn’t come cheap and that’s likely why there’s an initial push to business instead of consumers. There’s two versions to choose from.
Development Edition – A$4,369
Developers can order up to five devices. Devices ship immediately to the US and Canada, and start shipping in late November to Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Commercial Suite – A$7,269.
Ideal for organizations, the Commercial Suite includes the Development Edition, enterprise features, and a warranty. Volume orders welcome.
If that doesn’t scare you away, then head to the Microsoft Store to get one now.