Microsoft’s new HoloLens has the potential to be a significant technological game changer, but its growth has been somewhat slow until now. Microsoft has recently opened sales of the HoloLens to anyone living in the U.S. or Canada, for a mere $3,000.
The HoloLens is not a straightforward virtual reality headset. Instead, it uses an augmented reality model in which computerized images are laid over the real world and users are able to interact with them. A video released of the project shows how the software can create an interactive model of an engine that allows users to see how different mechanical parts work together.
Now Microsoft is allowing developers to purchase and work on the HoloLens, and a significant increase in the tool’s potential is expected. Consumers and developers can buy up to five HoloLenses per person. Instead of having to purchase through a Microsoft sales representative, users can find the HoloLens easily in the Microsoft store online.
Of course, the devices do come with a slight catch. Purchasers must agree not to resell the devices and must acknowledge that the device is essentially a beta and not completely finished as a retail product. The acknowledgement also covers the no-return policy currently in place for the HoloLens.
Already, users are having a hard time getting their hands on the coveted device, and HoloLenses on eBay are already selling for nearly twice Microsoft’s retail rate.