Microsoft HoloLens

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Microsoft HoloLens is an augmented reality (AR)/mixed reality (MR) headset developed and manufactured by Microsoft. HoloLens runs the Windows Mixed Reality platform under the Windows 10 operating system. Some of the positional tracking technology used in HoloLens can trace its lineage to the Microsoft Kinect, an accessory for Microsoft's Xbox game console that was introduced in 2010.[3]

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Microsoft HoloLens
Also known asProject Baraboo (during the development period)
Product familyWindows 10
TypeMixed reality augmented reality head-mounted display smartglasses
Release date
  • March 30, 2016 (2016-03-30) (Development Edition)

(Development Edition 2) announced May 2, 2019

  • N/A (Consumer version)
Introductory price$3,000[1]
$5,000 (Commercial Suite)[2]
Operating systemWindows Mixed Reality
CPUIntel Atom x5-Z8100 (1GHz)
Storage64 GB (flash memory)
Display2.3 megapixel widescreen head-mounted display
SoundSpatial sound technology
Controller inputGestural commands via sensors and HPU
Camera2.4 MP
TouchpadSide Panel
PlatformWindows 10
Mass579 g (1.28 lb)
SuccessorHoloLens 2
WebsiteOfficial website

The pre-production version of HoloLens, the Development Edition, shipped on March 30, 2016, and is targeted to developers in the United States and Canada for a list price of $3000[4][5] which allowed hobbyist, professionals, and corporations to participate in the pre-production version of HoloLens.[6] Samsung and Asus have extended an offer to Microsoft to help produce their own mixed-reality products, in collaboration with Microsoft, based around the concept and hardware on HoloLens.[7][8] On October 12, 2016, Microsoft announced global expansion of HoloLens and publicized that HoloLens would be available for preorder in Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.[9] There is also a Commercial Suite (similar to a pro edition of Windows), with enterprise features, such as BitLocker security. As of May 2017, The Suite sold for US$5,000.[2] Microsoft has decided to rent the Hololens without clients making the full investment. Microsoft partners with a company called Absorbents to give the service of HoloLens rental.[10]

HoloLens 2 was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, on February 24, 2019,[11] and was available on preorder at US$3,500.[12][13]