We started telling you about Microsoft's HoloLens at the beginning of last year. They call it "mixed" reality because the headset allows the wearer to project virtual screens onto real objects such as walls and table tops. So far it has some pretty cool functions, like the game Project X-Ray, and some practical applications demonstrated here.
At first, only app developers could purchase the HoloLens and they had to apply for it in order to do so. The headset can be used to make Skype calls, play games already installed on the device, and to manipulate your own holograms.
Microsoft knows their product is capable of so much more. In addition to having their own app developers, they wanted app developers from other companies to brainstorm more uses. For those of us who aren't app developers, the wait is now over.
Now there are three requirements for purchasing the HoloLens. First, you must be able to afford it, and at $3000 each that puts the headset out of reach for a lot of us. Second, you need to have a Microsoft account, which is easy to create. And third, you need to have access to an address in the United States or Canada. The HoloLens is only being sold in the Mircosoft online store and it's only being shipped to those two countries. There's also no buying in bulk, you can only purchase up to five.
It's the 'Development Edition' of the headset, which means you are purchasing the version that the app developers are working with. It may be best just to wait for the consumer version, it will probably do more and cost less. But if you just can't help yourself then click here to buy it.