The small development team at Microsoft that's currently working on the Galaxy Explorer app for the company's HoloLens augmented reality headset now reached the halfway point of the app's creation. In a new video, the team shows the progress that it has made so far.

The YouTube video shows the team putting in some of the art assets in the Galaxy Explorer app, including the planets in Earth's solar system and the sun. The video shows that the team wants the sun to appear to light up the room that the HoloLens wearing is standing in. The video says that the team wants all of the art assets to be in place for the app sometime next week.

After the six-week development of Galaxy Explorer is complete, Microsoft plans to release the app for free and make it an open source project so that developers can look at the code as a guide for making their own HoloLens app, or even to add to the Galaxy Explorer app with new content. Invites to pre-order the HoloLens Development Edtion have been sent out to some developers, with the first units scheduled to ship sometime at the end of March for the price of $3,000.

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