If you’ve been as amazed by AR as us then you’re probably wondering what is the Hololens’ Price tag? We’ve been yet to discuss Mircrosoft’s venture into virtual reality so far on VRandstuff. Maybe thats because it doesn’t exist in exactly the same world as it’s competitors. In fact, Hololens isn’t strictly virtual reality by nature but actual a different technology all together, commonly known as augmented reality. So, what can we expect from the Hololens release?
By definition Augmented Reality is “a view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.” This differs from Virtual Reality as it combines both real world and computer generated imagery where as VR technology actually takes you completely away from reality.
If you haven’t seen this type of technology before, then I imagine its quite hard to get your head around the concept, but a key word we would use to describe it is ‘holograms’ (and no we’re not talking about the shiny stickers on your bank notes). The wearable technology uses a combination of inputs to control how a user will interact with the computer generated imagery or sound with-in a real world environment.
Microsoft announced the release of it’s SDK for Hololens at the end of last month along side a series of videos to show how users will be able to interact with the device. The following video gives a brief description of all of the control inputs:
We’re extremely excited about the possibilities of a mixed reality world that could be provided by Hololens but we would urge people not to get carried away just yet.
Even though we’re literally days away from the launch of consumer VR on major platforms, augmented reality is quite far off from the mass market. The developers kit itself will cost $3000 dollars and is only adequate for the more tech savvy among us. Whilst we’re still unsure of an official release date and price of Hololens for the mass consumer market, we would say your money is safer in the hands of a VR device (for now) .