This is what it looks like when the Microsoft HoloLens is taken apart

With the Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition now shipping, one website got a chance to see how the augmented reality headset looks when it is taken apart.

As shown on The Verge's YouTube channel, the lenses on the HoloLens transmit the holographic apps and images to the visor, and then of course to the wearer's eyes. On top of the visor is the sensor bar, which includes a depth-sensing camera similar to Microsoft's Kinect devices that can sense the world around the headset.

The video also shows the HoloLens' motherboard, which contains the RAM, CPU, GPU and Microsoft's own custom Holographic Processor Unit, or HPU. It also shows the battery packs that power the headset. However, Microsoft is keeping the capacity of its battery pack a secret for now.

Invites to purchase the $3,000 Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition are still being sent out in waves. Microsoft is currently targeting the business and commercial markets for the device, with no definitive plans yet to release it to consumers.

  • Can't wait the final release of Hololens, sure i'm gonna use it at office, :D
  • I can't wait to use at my home! :D
  • Wow, this sure puts it into perspective just how much they crammed into that headset. It would be interesting to find out what the cells actual capacities are, I imagine in a few months there will be someone out there that will actually use testing equipment to find out. As after all curiousity is infectious as a yawn :P.
  • *yawn*
  • i can't believe i just yawned :O
  • I successfully combated the yawn-propaganda.
  • Fight against yawn regime!
  • I think that AIDA64 app can do that sort of think can't it? Or maybe it just gets that info from a database.
  • The capacity of battery packs can ba found out first charging it fully and then discharging it by connecting it to a programable load like BK precision 8xx in constant Ah mode.
  • I wonder if they'll have an improved kinect since they can make it that small.
  • Feel like they should have pushed forward with a tethered version for business and education.
  • Why? It's seems like tethering would only limit it and businesses don't seem to have a problem with it since they are the largest group of people buying the devkits.
  • While the headset contains more than enough battery power for a single person to accomplish a task, if the unit were to be shared by sequential users, the battery would eventually run out and the unit would have to be removed from use while it is being charged. A tether to a replaceable belt mount battery pack would help reduce the need to stop using the unit in order to charge it.  One could have several rechargable battery packs for the belt unit and simply replace it without loss of use.
  • Unless I'm mistaken, didn't MS already say that they headset can still be used while charging? In which case, a battery pack isn't necessarily out of the equation in its current incarnation.
  • Cost....Maybe a consumer version for $500 could be done....
  • Even for consumers, $500 would be a bit much. And if they decided to do something like what VR headsets do by dividing the power between headset and desktop, what sort of computer would be required to run it? A cheaper version appeals to me, I just worry about the tradeoffs.
  • The tethered version actually sounds best for scientific and military application. Most businesses wants something that is cost-effective and simple enough to be deployed. Education is even less, as they aimed for simplicity and cheap to deploy, though for research they can have the tethered one. The current HoloLens Devkit is just suited for business and education already. The bulkier (but said to be slightly more powerful) are better for scientific application and research, even military won't mind having those bulky ones for specific purposes.
  • That's a nice piece of kit. I'm wondering if the cameras on the hill holo leans can be calibrated to eliminate my glasses. Where they project onto my retina's what is in front of me.
  • Uber cool.
    Can't wait to see where this ends up, some mind blowing & unlimited potential.