Thanks to the Microsoft tech evangelist event in Tel Aviv, we now know a fair deal about the HoloLens. We did not get any release date for the AR headset, but it was indicated that test units will begin to make their way to developers within the first quarter of this year. The 5.5 hour battery life on the device was among the highlights of the event, but the bad news is if the user stresses it enough, the battery will run out within 2.5 hours instead.
The HoloLens will connect to most devices with a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection and will be compatible with all Windows 10 applications by default. These little bits were a treat given the history of the HoloLens’ development in mystery and how Microsoft previously avoided giving out any details on their futuristic AR headset. It was even made clear that sharing the experience will be possible among two or more of the devices utilizing not only Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but also the internet, making physical distance among the users irrelevant.
In spite of things being pretty exciting right now, fans were somewhat disappointed when they came to know that full panoramic field of vision won’t really be a part of the augmented reality headset. Instead, they will have to settle for a 15-inch virtual screen at a distance of about two feet. According to the latest reports, this was done to reduce expenditure and prolong battery life.
Experts think that latency can be an issue in the beginning, but as net connections are about to reach super speeds in very near future, this should soon be done away with. However, if the 3k price tag on the developer’s edition of the HoloLens is any indication of how it is going to be priced, people might just start looking for cheaper options from the competition!