Microsoft Exec Reveals Details Plans for HoloLens AR Headset
With all the attention going out to VR, it’s easy to forget that only two years ago AR (augmented reality), was going to be the next big thing. One of the best examples of this was Microsoft’s HoloLens, a headset that would allow its users to see the world with a 3D graphical overlay not unlike the HUD from a video game. The executive in charge of the development of the HoloLens, Alex Kipman, gave an interview with CNET regarding his revolutionary AR headset, in which he lifted the veil on several new developments in store.
The most interesting to most consumers will be that the HoloLens, which currently only exists as a development kit and not as a full-blown product, will hopefully soon see a steep reduction in price, from $3,000 to somewhere below a thousand. This would be a huge game changer for the AR headset, considering that most comparable products, like the HTC Vive, go over the counter for less than $800. The much more bare-bonus Google Daydream costs just $49.
HoloLens Is Still Pricey
Kipman during the interview did not go into detail on how exactly this price reduction would come about, except to say that it will be “complicated and delicious.” In fact, some of the other plans for the HoloLens Kipman mentions, like making the AR headset more comfortable to wear, would raise the price rather than lower it.
Right now the AR headset is available in nine countries and Kipman will be adding China to that list soon. Microsoft hopes that having the HoloLens available in more countries will make it sell better, which should in turn push price down. As walking around with a 3D overlay of the world around us sounds like it would be lots of fun, here’s hoping Kipman can make that vision come true.
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