Augmented reality news we’ve all been waiting for: the Hololens is finally coming to Ireland! After months of speculation over release dates, Microsoft have announced their European release. People can now order their Hololens on Microsoft’s online shop. The devices will begin shipping in late November. The Microsoft Hololens will become the first widely available, true AR (augmented reality) device to hit the market. People are understandably excited. Who wouldn’t be? Now, for the eye-watering part… You can now order the Microsoft Hololens from the Microsoft website for the princely sum of €3,299. Thats for the ‘Development Edition.’ And for the ‘Commercial Suite’? €5,489. Yep. Pretty steep. That won’t abate demand though. Being in the aspirational end of the market, the product will probably gain from it. It’ll be coveted; people will want a headset. And until they become standardised and much cheaper to produce, they’ll stay at these prices for a while yet. Thats just the way it is I’m afraid. The announcement came from Microsoft’s blog yesterday, where Alex Kipman (technical fellow, Microsoft Windows and Devices Group) explained more about Microsoft’s news.  

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Speaking about the new countries to avail of the Hololens, Kipman said “Since the launch of Microsoft HoloLens, we have seen really passionate developers and world-class companies develop groundbreaking computing experiences — experiences only possible on HoloLens… When we set out to pioneer the mixed-reality category, we knew that many of the best innovations would be discovered when others got their hands on the technology. It has been quite inspiring to see what our partners have built and what individual developers have created. Together, we have only scratched the surface for what mixed reality can do. I can’t wait to see what happens next as we welcome these new countries to our holographic landscape.” Just looking at the the early prototypes of the kinds of software Microsoft will hope to see rolled out for the Hololens, it will be exciting to consider what Irish developers can bring to the table. With the depth of talent this country has, the possibilities of what they can achieve is unreal. App development for the devices will be paramount to the overall success of the headsets. It’ll open doors for multiple possible uses for the sets. And not just gaming Where we can go from here is anybody’s guess, but it will no doubt be immersive. And exciting. Great augmented reality news all round! Would you buy a set? Or is it far too expensive? Let us know in the comment section below! Stay posted for more digital news.

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