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HoloLens For Developers Available For Pre-Order (thestack.com) 58

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's HoloLens, touted as the world's 'first and only fully untethered holographic computer' is available today for pre-order and will ship on March 30. The HoloLens Development Edition is available for purchase to qualified developer applicants and will cost $3,000. While the augmented-reality headset is still far from a commercial release to consumers, Microsoft will release six applications that run on the holographic platform – a mix of development tools, games, and user programs. From today, developers can access documentation, guides and tutorials for HoloLens. Additional development tools will be made available when the first HoloLens ship at the end of March, including Visual Studio projects and a HoloLens emulator, which will allow testing of holographic apps on a PC without a physical HoloLens.
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HoloLens For Developers Available For Pre-Order

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  • This platform... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Arkh89 ( 2870391 ) on Monday February 29, 2016 @12:44PM (#51608779)

    is not "holographic"...
    But hey, asking Microsoft to stop abusing something is a lost fight, right?

    • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Monday February 29, 2016 @12:49PM (#51608809) Homepage

      You know, in fairness, marketing people all over the world are prone to bullshit exaggeration and a fundamental lack of understanding that words have actual meanings

      Marketing hype will always be marketing hype.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Also in fairness, describing this as "holographic" really isn't very far from the meaning of that word in the eyes of your typical person.

        That it also has a technical meaning is not particularly relevant. It's a good, descriptive name. The average person doesn't care how something works, they care about what experience they have.

        (One might also note that the "holodeck" in ST:TNG is also not truly "holographic". But the term conveys the right meaning to the average person, which is what such terms are ult

    • What, you don't refer to the device you view slashdot on as a "Liquid Crystal Computer"?

    • This platform is not "holographic"...

      Neither were the Star Trek's holodecks, if you want to be pedantic about the thing. The point is that words take on new meanings in popular usage - casual usage - that won't always be found in the dictionary. The HoloLens places virtual objects in real environments in a way that is persuasive to the viewer, which is the most you can ask of a real holographic projection.

      But hey, asking Microsoft to stop abusing something is a lost fight, right?

    • is not "holographic"... But hey, asking Microsoft to stop abusing something is a lost fight, right?

      I have a hard time getting worked up over Microsoft's marketing hyperbole. Did they call it "magic?" Yawn.

    • Re:This platform... (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Richard_at_work ( 517087 ) <richardprice AT gmail DOT com> on Monday February 29, 2016 @03:45PM (#51610167)

      And Googles Android platform isnt an ... Android.

      So please, do fuck off.

      • by bondsbw ( 888959 )

        Apple devices aren't apples.

        Amazon doesn't sell forests or rivers.

        Home Depot doesn't sell homes.

        Southwest Airlines flies outside of the southwest.

        Facebook doesn't sell faces or books.

        And Best Buy isn't best at anything.

  • by NotDrWho ( 3543773 ) on Monday February 29, 2016 @01:01PM (#51608897)

    It comes with a cool animation of 3000 dollars leaving your wallet that can overlay the real-world image of your accountant telling you you're broke.

    • And we should feel sympathy for early adopters of technology ... why?

      I applaud the people who have money to piss away on new technology which is as yet unproven, they pave the way for the rest of us to get a version which actually works.

      If you spent your last $3k on this technology thinking it was going to make you rich, well, sucks to be you.

      Those guys who splash out $20K on the latest TV technology? Thanks for allowing the failure rate of new technology to keep going so we don't have to be the suckers wh

      • by SirSlud ( 67381 )

        And we should feel sympathy for early adopters of technology ... why?

        I'm curious - who asked you to feel sympathy for early adopters of technology? Somebody down at the library? John, from account management? A little bird?

        • by KGIII ( 973947 )

          If you're not strong enough to attack real monsters then you invent straw men and attack those. We're humans, it's what we do.

    • $3000 dollars to be first one to develop for a platform that may become popular is a small price to pay.

      • /oblg. "Be the first to invest now in a bridge joining two communities. Huge opportunity!!!"

        Evaluation of HoloLens:

        [x] Fad
        [x] Device
        [x] Hype train
        [x] Lacks apps
        [x] Consumers (generally) don't give a fuck
        [ ] Overpriced Consumer Kit
        [x] Overpriced Dev Kit
        [ ] Ship it!

        --
        "A sucker and his money are soon parted"

        • Evaluation of HoloLens:

          [x] Fad
          [x] Device
          [x] Hype train
          [x] Lacks apps
          [x] Consumers (generally) don't give a fuck
          [ ] Overpriced Consumer Kit
          [x] Overpriced Dev Kit
          [ ] Ship it!

          I'm not sure if your ditching the tech as a whole or just Hololen. If your ditching the tech as a whole I hate to tell you this but you're in for a surprise. The current state of the tech is crap but it's potential is huge. If you get onboard early and become good at developing for it, it's the key to unlocking large opportunities down the road. As a software business it's just a smart move in anticipation for what's coming especially if you offering can benefit from it. If you're just an employee looking t

      • by Anonymous Coward

        $3000 dollars to be first one to develop for a platform that may become popular is a small price to pay.

        Maybe you should ask all those early adopter Glassholes that dumped thousands in to a product that's now vanished with only rumors of a new and improved replacement version that doesn't draw public contempt.

    • by PCM2 ( 4486 )

      $3,000 broke, huh?

      Funny. I remember spending something like $3,300 for a PowerMac G4. It was the first hardware on the market that shipped with a DVD-R burner, and I was the first guy on my block to start using DeCSS to burn DVD-Rs.

      I would have been in my mid/late 20s, and I didn't even bother to talk to an accountant about it.

      • The $3000 isn't what killed him. It was the Google Glass, the 3DTV's, the various VR headsets, and a million other fads that just added up.

    • If you're a developer hopefully you can afford more than one devkit...

    • I can't think that developers will be gobbling this up. Even for a mid size company is 3000$ for an SDK a lot of money. Microsoft is not cool enough that people blindly drop any amount on the table just because it is their product. Used to work for Apple, but even their customers realized that they only get some tech that others sell for less. Microsoft totally overpriced the SDK. They should have set it to a much lower price and take a hit on the few units shipped to devs. Once there is a product with appl
  • The full hololens experience is three hours of a 3d Cortana asking you to upgrade your computer followed by a 4d blue screen. It's actually pretty nice. Definitely worth 3 grand.
  • by 0xdeadbeef ( 28836 ) on Monday February 29, 2016 @01:13PM (#51608997) Homepage Journal

    But as someone who owns a Newton, an N-Gage, a Google Glass, and an Apple Watch, I feel it is my duty to buy one of these. My collection won't be complete without it.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Anyone have any hands on experience with this or other "holographic headsets"? I'm wondering if they have decent resolution, frame rate, color, etc or are they like comparing old green screens to today's 30" monitors? It would be neat if you could simply wear a headset that would allow you to slap virtual monitors, calendars, reminders, tv's etc throughout your home/work environment but I'm having a hard time believing that the consumer grade equipment is anywhere near that capable yet. Not that it is ne

    • Re:Hands On? (Score:5, Informative)

      by Ralph Barbagallo ( 2881145 ) on Monday February 29, 2016 @02:16PM (#51609459) Homepage

      I've spent a decent amount of time with HoloLens including trying out the included apps and I can say this is very impressive. The small FOV makes it hard to use as an extra (infinite) set of monitors. But you can definitely get the feel for how this future will work from this device--it's surprisingly fast, lightweight, and produces some great looking graphics.

      You can indeed slap windows in the real world and they'll stay there forever. And, people/objects in the real world will occlude your windows when they move in front of it.

      It's really kind of awesome.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Are there any facts out there? Something like pixel resolution to compare with htc playstatio rv and occulus? And if you are in a pitch black room is there no image becuase no ambient light?

    • by PCM2 ( 4486 )

      I don't know if the stuff they're shipping to developers is the same as the stuff that I demoed in the last Build conference, but I was fairly underwhelmed by what I saw. It had a lot of promise. I'll give Microsoft credit for figuring out how to (for the most part) make the "holograms" stay put. If something was supposed to be sitting on a real-world table, you could walk all around the table and the object would still look like it was sitting there. But it was far from being something that a consumer woul

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