Microsoft today announced the availability of its Hololens Headset in six new countries which will be coming in November.Microsoft today through its blog post confirmed the availability of its Hololens Headset in Six new countries.
The news was confirmed by Alex Kipman / Technical Fellow, Windows and Devices Group mentioned in a blog post posted on Microsoft blogs.
Here is the full detail of the blog post.
On behalf of everyone on the team, Kudo and I would like to welcome developers and commercial enterprises from Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom to experience mixed reality through HoloLens. Starting today, HoloLens will be available for pre-order in each of these countries.
“When we set out to pioneer the mixed-reality category, we knew that many of the best innovations would be discovered when others got their hands on the technology. It has been quite inspiring to see what our partners have built and what individual developers have created. Together, we have only scratched the surface for what mixed reality can do. I can’t wait to see what happens next as we welcome these new countries to our holographic landscape.”
We have already seen some interesting applications of the technology by NASA, Thyssen Krupp and Lowe’s Home Improvements, which allowed buyers to remodel their kitchen virtually while tapping into Microsoft’s artificial intelligence cloud services.
Microsoft’s HoloLens has however also attracted such technology companies like SAAB and giants like Airbus. Inger Lawes, Saab Australia’s Mixed Reality Applications Program Head called the technology “transformational” and said they had significant interest from a diverse range of industries such as healthcare and mining, keen to see how mixed reality can add value to their business.
Airbus is already deploying HoloLens in their products and processes and said “Following our co-development with Microsoft teams, the device is concretely being tested and challenged in various environments across the company to understand if the technology will meet our business expectations. It is a very exciting phase, and we are looking forward to sharing concrete results based on our investigation.”
Case Western Reserve University’s Mark Griswold, faculty director for Case Western Reserve’s Interactive Commons felt the headset allowed lecturers to “engage students in unprecedented ways,” and predicted the device will be as common in student backpacks as laptops and smartphones, which seems to agree with the IDC’s assessment, who predicts that worldwide revenues for the augmented reality and virtual reality market will grow from $5.2 billion in 2016 to more than $162 billion in 2020.
Hololens is currently available for Pre order in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with devices starting to ship in late November.