Microsoft CEO: HoloLens AR headset is a“five-year journey”

Microsoft CEO: HoloLens AR headset is a“five-year journey”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at Salesforce’s Dreamforce customer conference on Thursday that Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented-reality (AR) head-mounted display (HMD) is “really a five-year journey.”

The statement made by Nadella at the conference comes in reference to the fact that Microsoft has planned a gradual rollout of the HoloLens. Under Microsoft’s plans, HMD will first be tested in a few select industries before it is eventually launched in the consumer market.

Microsoft has already shown off some incredible demonstrations of the HMD; thereby making one of the company’s products about which people are extremely excited. The astounding HMD demonstrations have revealed that Microsoft’s AR headset has the capability to superimpose interactive digital images on top of the real world in hitherto unseen manner.

However, since Microsoft apparently does not want HoloLens to depend on a connection to a PC for its working, Nadella’s “five-year journey” statement about the headset essentially means that Microsoft will need a few more years to put all of the processors, sensors, and gizmos in its AR headset at a consumer-friendly price.

In clarification of Nadella’s “five-year journey” statement, Microsoft said that it will start allowing developers get the HMD in early 2016; and added: “HoloLens has been a multi-year journey, and the first version will focus on developers and enterprise scenarios.”

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