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Microsoft’s new reality – HoloLens comes to UK

Microsoft’s new reality – HoloLens comes to UK

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This is a big week for virtual reality, with Sony’s PlayStation VR headset going on sale on Thursday. But Microsoft, which has steered clear of VR, is going down a different path with what it calls mixed reality – a term it prefers for some reason to augmented reality.

It has just announced that its HoloLens headset is coming to six new countries, including the UK. Pre-orders open today and deliveries will follow in late-November.The headset is packed with sensors and delivers to users a view of the real world overlaid with virtual objects in the form of hologram-like graphics.

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In the US, where it has been available since March, applications for the headset have been developed by a range of commercial partners, including Nasa, Audi and the furniture retailer Lowe.And just as in North America, the HoloLens is going on sale only to developers and companies, at a price of over £2,700.Microsoft believes there will be consumer applications in the longer run, but for now is concentrating on what the mixed reality experience could do inside businesses.

I got a demonstration in London this week, with a chance to see three different examples of how it might be used. First, in something developed by Microsoft itself, I made a Skype call from the headset to an electrician – you can see a demonstration on YouTube.

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