HoloLens set to launch in the UK and Ireland next month

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  • Microsoft has confirmed that its HoloLens, an augmented reality head-mounted display that the company bills as ‘the world's first self-contained holographic computer’, is now available for preorder in both Ireland and the UK, with devices expected to ship towards the end of next month.

    The first version of the HoloLens, which has been dubbed the Development Edition, is aimed squarely at developers and large commercial enterprises, with a price tag that is likely to be out of reach for most consumers — £2,719.00.

    "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," according to Alex Kipman, technical fellow, Microsoft Windows and Devices Group. "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."

    Since its US launch earlier this year the HoloLens Development Edition has been adopted for commercial and industrial use by a range of large companies and organisations, including Audi, Airbus, Saab and NASA.

    Microsoft has not yet indicated when consumer editions of the HoloLens headset will be available to buy, nor how much those are likely to cost.

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