During its Build 2016 keynote address, Microsoft announced that has begun shipping HoloLens to the first wave of developers who had signed up for the Developer Edition.
“Today is very exciting because we begin shipping HoloLens,” Microsoft’s Terry Myerson said. “HoloLens mixes holograms into our world, enabling all new ways for us to communicate, create, work and play. It’s the only device that enables holographic computing natively with no markers, no external cameras, no wires, no phone required, and no connection to a PC needed. And customers across industries are embracing the potential of holograms already, including NASA, Case Western Reserve University, Volvo, and more.”
I’m curious that Microsoft isn’t calling out that what’s really shipping here is called the HoloLens Development Edition. Yes, it is the final version of the hardware. But the phrase “shipping HoloLens” makes it seem like a general release is happening.
Anyway, Microsoft revealed in late February that it would ship HoloLens Development Edition to the the first wave of developer applicants who agreed to pay $3000 for the privilege.
And as I noted at the time, for those who can’t afford the $3000 HoloLens developer kit—or simply weren’t invited to purchase one—take heart: Microsoft has also delivered Visual Studio projects and a HoloLens emulator today. So anyone can get started, at least, with this interesting new developer platform.