Microsoft to Launch HoloLens for Developers in March, Facebook to Ship Oculus

A year ago Microsoft introduced the HoloLens. The virtual reality headset caught the attention of media and consumers but the company was vague on details.

Now Microsoft has announced that a developer edition will be available in the US and Canada on March 30 for $3,000 USD.

“HoloLens has see-through holographic lenses that use an advanced optical projection system to generate multi-dimensional full-color holograms with very low latency so you can see holographic objects in your world,” says Microsoft. “With HoloLens you can create and shape holograms with gestures, communicate with apps using your voice, and navigate with a glance. HoloLens understands your gestures, gaze, and voice, enabling you to interact in the most natural way possible. With spatial sound, HoloLens allows you to hear holograms from anywhere in the room, even if they are behind you.”

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Around this time, Facebook also plans to launch a consumer edition of its Oculus Rift headset for $600. The primary difference between the two products is that the Rift replaces the real world with a fictional one, while the HoloLens creates three-dimensional objects within the existing world.