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HoloLens AR Headset Sales In Thousands, Says Microsoft

28 January 2017, 6:30 am EST By Anne Baker Tech Times
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The Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset went on sale in 2016. The developer edition of the headset was priced at $3,000.

The AR headset was primarily designed for developers as well as commercial customers who want to transform their busines.

Roger Walkden, head of Microsoft HoloLens, revealed at the Bett education technology conference in the UK that the headset has only sold "thousands" since it became available for purchase in November 2016.

While the number may not be very encouraging, Walkden did not seem disheartened and stressed that Microsoft is happy with the sales figures as the product is expensive and not designed for the mass market.

"We're not trying to sell hundreds of thousands or millions or anything, it's expensive, and it's not in huge numbers. So we're happy with the level of sales that we've got - I can't tell you anything about the numbers, but it's in thousands, not hundreds of thousands, and that's fine. That's all we need," said Walkden at the conference.

Walkden did not reveal any more information regarding Microsoft's future plans for the development of the HoloLens. However, he affirmed that there is a plan in place but joked that Microsoft does not share this kind of classified information with him as it fears that he will accidently disclose the details.

"I have no news for you on when those will be. But the road map does exist," said Walkden.

Companies like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer have all started creating their own Windows 10 virtual reality headsets. Microsoft has also implied that the company's partners could also create HoloLens counterparts at a low cost for the mass market to enjoy VR.

Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition Specs

Microsoft HoloLens brings together components like multiple sensors, advanced optics, and a custom holographic processing unit to make holographic computing possible.

The headband of the headset is designed for utmost comfort as the weight is distributed around the crown of the head, keeping the user's ears and nose safe from undue pressure. The adjustable wheel makes the headband fit easily on various head sizes.

The headset is made of see-through holographic lens equipped with two HD light engines with 16:9 aspect ratio. The headset is capable of automatic papillary distance calibration. To achieve bright and rich holograms, the headset comes with a holographic density of 2.5k radiants.

To capture accurate information of the user's environment, the headset sensors are equipped with four "environment understanding" cameras, along with four microphones and one ambient light sensor.

The headset has built-in speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack along with a micro USD 2.0 port.

Price And Availability

Interested buyers can purchase the developer's edition of the HoloLens from Microsoft's online store for $3,000. The product packaging will contain the developer's edition HoloLens, a clicker, a carrying case, a microfiber cloth for cleaning, a charger along with cable, nosepads, and an overhead strap.

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