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Microsoft HoloLens Developer edition: What’s in box ? Detailed specs & Prerequisites

Microsoft has just opened HoloLens developer edition pre-order today. Along with that they also posted all the details about Microsoft HoloLens developer edition. We know that people are trying to order the ultimate device now, so let’s see what has been included in the box.

  • Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition
  • Clicker
  • Carrying case
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Charger
  • Micro-USB 2.0 cable

These are the things that you can expect inside the box. Interestingly they also included a Clicker along with HoloLens. It enables you to select, scroll, hold, and double-click during extended, interactive scenarios. So it will help you a lot while using HoloLens and it is a must needed accessory for HoloLens.

Now let’s talk about the hardware specifications of Microsoft HoloLens ;

Optics

See-through holographic lenses (waveguides)
2 HD 16:9 light engines
Automatic pupillary distance calibration
Holographic Resolution: 2.3M total light points
Holographic Density: >2.5k radiants (light points per radian)

HoloLens has see-through holographic lenses that use an advanced optical projection system to generate multi-dimensional full-color holograms with very low latency so you can see holographic objects in your world. The key to a great holographic experience is holograms that are light point rich, i.e. have a high holographic density, and are pinned or anchored to the world around you. To achieve this, HoloLens has been designed for optimal holographic density of 2.5K radiants. The more radiants and light points there are, the brighter and richer the holograms become.

Sensors

  • 1 IMU
  • 4 environment understanding cameras
  • 1 depth camera
  • 1 2MP photo / HD video camera
  • Mixed reality capture (link to blog)
  • 4 microphones
  • 1 ambient light sensor

HoloLens contains advanced sensors to capture information about what you’re doing and the environment you’re in. The built in cameras also enable you to record, something we call mixed reality capture (MRC), HD pictures and video of the holograms in the world around you to share with others.

Human Understanding

  • Spatial sound
  • Gaze tracking
  • Gesture input
  • Voice support

With HoloLens you can create and shape holograms with gestures, communicate with apps using your voice and navigate with a glance. HoloLens understands your gestures, gaze, and voice, enabling you to interact in the most natural way possible. With spatial sound, HoloLens synthesizes sound so you can hear holograms from anywhere in the room, even if they are behind you.

Input / Output / Connectivity

  • Built-in speakers
  • Audio 3.5mm jack
  • Volume up/down
  • Brightness up/down
  • Power button
  • Battery status LEDs
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Micro-USB 2.0 cable

Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully untethered holographic computer running Windows 10. It is completely self-contained, with no wires, phones, or connection to a PC needed.

Processors

  • Intel 32 bit architecture
  • Custom-built Microsoft Holographic Processing Unit (HPU 1.0)

In addition to the CPU/GPU, HoloLens comes with a Microsoft HPU. This custom silicon efficiently processes a large amount of data per second from the sensors. HoloLens understands gestures and where you look, and maps the world all around you, all in real time.

Power

Battery Life

  • 2-3 hours of active use
  • Up to 2 weeks of standby time
  • Fully functional when charging

Weight

  •  579g

Memory

  • 64GB Flash
  • 2GB RAM (2GB CPU and 1GB HPU

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Microsoft says that you need a Windows 10 PC which can run Visual Studio 2015 and Unity 5.4 to develop with HoloLens.

What are the prerequisites to order HoloLens developer edition ?

  • You are a developer in the United States or Canada where the Development Edition will first be available.
  • You are a Windows Insider. By participating in the Windows Insider program, you agree to provide feedback and work with us to define the future of holographic computing.
  • Please note that the Development Edition hardware and apps are in English only.

Initially Microsoft will only accept and ship to selected (few) applications on March 30, but as soon as additional devices are available, more accepted applicants will be invited to purchase.

 

Roger

He is CTO of Fenêtre internet applications and co-owner of Keen On Apps (www.keenonapps.nl), both located in The Netherlands. Roger is the face behind WinCentral’s Windows Phone app and writes interesting articles on WinCentral when he gets time from donning the role of CTO of his company.
Write to him at Email: Roger@thewincentral.com

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