Microsoft launches HoloLens development kit

Software giant Microsoft said in a Monday announcement that its much-awaited Development Edition of HoloLens mixed-reality goggles is now available for purchase for developers. The HoloLens development kit, priced at $3,000, is scheduled for shipping with effect from March 30, 2016.

According to the details shared by Microsoft officials, the HoloLens Development Edition will chiefly include the HoloLens goggles and developer environment. In addition, the HoloLens development kit will also come with a few other things, including an overhead strap, a Bluetooth clicker, a carrying case, charger and cable, microfiber cloth, and nose pads.

The key components of the HoloLens developer environment are the HoloStudio program to enable developers to create 3D in 3D; and a Skype version which will give people the ability to use holograms for communication.

Moreover, the HoloLens developer environment also includes the Microsoft HoloTour holographic travel app; as well as three examples of mixed-reality games --- Fragments, Young Conker, and RoboRaid.

With HoloLens running a variant of Microsoft's new Windows 10 OS, and the programming interfaces for holographic computing available as part of the software, developers who want to create content for HoloLens devices would require Windows 10 PCs with Visual Studio 2015 and Unity 5.4.