Not long after going on pre-order in early December, Microsoft HoloLens is now available and shipping in Japan. Commercial partners and developers who previously pre-ordered one of the headsets in Japan should receive theirs soon, and it's also up for grabs at the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab).
Microsoft HoloLens is now shipping to developers and commercial partners in #Japan! https://t.co/AigJhB0mQ4 #holodev pic.twitter.com/P6wX3PZEv5Microsoft HoloLens is now shipping to developers and commercial partners in #Japan! https://t.co/AigJhB0mQ4 #holodev pic.twitter.com/P6wX3PZEv5— Microsoft HoloLens (@HoloLens) January 19, 2017January 19, 2017
The Japan launch is only the latest in a recent international expansion for HoloLens, which became available for developers in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK in October. Getting the tech into the hands of more developers is definitely a good thing, and with Japan added to that list, we're bound to see even more cool applications and uses spring up for HoloLens in the near future.
HoloLens is only one prong of Microsoft's Holographic platform, as the company is also working with partners to launch low-cost VR and mixed reality headsets later in 2017.
Japan will like it. They usually do with this kind of tech.
What's the difference between hololens and windows holographic VR headsets?
Windows holographic headsets appear to be tethered to a pc and not see through, based on the pictures I've seen. The term windows holographic looks like it refers to the apis used for the sensor fusion rather than the headset tech.
All speculation on my part, as I do not have complete info right now.
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