HoloLens is here: Microsoft begins shipping hardware to developers

Get ready for the era of HoloLens augmented reality.

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Microsoft's HoloLens is already being used for applications as diverse as medical-school training and architectural design.

Microsoft said Wednesday that the company is now shipping its $3,000 Development Edition of its HoloLens to developers, enabling a new generation of holographic apps.

Alex Kipman, a technical fellow in the Device Group at Microsoft, said that, as of today, the “dream of Microsoft HoloLens has become a reality.” It will only be available for Windows 10, though, he said.

“HoLoLens starts shipping today, marking another great step in interacting with computers in more personal ways,” Kipman said.

Microsoft announced the HoloLens in January 2015, and since then the company has been working with developers to show off the applications and different use cases for the HoloLens. Dr. Pamela Davis, dean of the School of Medicine at Case Western University, showed off how the school’s doctors can use the HoloLens to explore the human body, and even to allow a remote user to “teach” anatomy by via a virtual presentation.

NASA, another partner, showed off OnSight, which the agency rebranded as Destination: Mars, led by Buzz Aldrin. It will be a featured exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center this summer, Kipman said. 

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