Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first self-contained holographic computer, is now available for preorder in New Zealand, with devices starting to ship in late November.
The news comes while HoloLens is experiencing growing interest from developers and commercial customers and partners around the globe, with New Zealand among six new countries added to the list.
“Since the launch of Microsoft HoloLens, we have seen really passionate developers and world-class companies develop groundbreaking computing experiences - experiences only possible on HoloLens,” Microsoft technical fellow of Windows and Devices Group, Alex Kipman, said.
“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.”
According to Kipman, Microsoft’s mixed-reality movement is just beginning.
“Today, HoloLens customers are developing innovative solutions that are already having a positive impact on their business,” Kipman said.
For Kipman, these customers are the early adopters of the kind of mixed-reality solutions that are poised for exponential growth in the years to come.
Globally speaking, IDC reports that worldwide revenues for the augmented reality and virtual reality market will grow from $US5.2 billion in 2016 to more than $US162 billion in 2020.
Off the back of such growth, Windows 10 will be updated in 2017 to include Windows Holographic, the platform that powers the mixed-reality experiences.
Microsoft announced that Windows Holographic is coming to Windows 10 PCs and head-mounted displays in June, with Kipman branding the development opportunity as “significant” for partners and customers.
“The development opportunity is significant - as all holographic apps are Universal Windows apps, and all Universal Windows apps can be made to run on the Windows Holographic platform,” Kipman added.
“This means the investments that developers of all shapes and sizes make today will take advantage of the growing ecosystem of Windows Holographic devices.”
The release follows the opening of a HoloLens practice by Datacom locally, who now offers customers access to mixed and augmented reality technologies with Microsoft HoloLens across Australia and New Zealand.