back to article Need a special something on which to spank $3,500? HoloLens 2 is finally shipping

The wait is over. Microsoft has finally begun shipping its pricey augmented reality headgear to customers. After some initial floundering, and some frankly odd home entertainment demonstrations, the HoloLens has carved itself a niche as a gizmo aimed at workers that need to keep their hands free. While the first HoloLens …

  1. RLWatkins

    Not a hologram.

    Marketing efforts notwithstanding, "hologram" isn't a synonym for "three-dimensional presentation" any more than "motorcycle" is a synonym for "any machine with wheels and a motor". I know that it sounds cool and futuristic, which marketroids love, but it means something specific.

    1. Persona Bronze badge

      Re: Not a hologram.

      You are right it's not a hologram. However if you demonstrated this system to a bunch of "ordinary" people and ask them to describe what they saw then 99% of them would describe it as a hologram.

      1. JohnFen Silver badge

        Re: Not a hologram.

        Perhaps so, but that doesn't excuse Microsoft for using the term.

  2. Graham Cunningham

    Holopromise?

    1. Sandtitz Silver badge

      "Holopromise?"

      It's a Holo-in-wallet gadget.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        "in" implies the presence of things. This is just a Hol-o-wallet gadget.

  3. Mephistro Silver badge

    "...Enterprise customers would be at the front of the queue,..."

    I don't mind waiting a long time in that queue if at the end I get a device able to "displace space and time". ;^)

    I'll consider buying one of these when their price is <= €400, if ever.

  4. Queeg
    Trollface

    Still not worth getting hololens.

    Not until they get The Oasis up and running.

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  6. Diogenes Silver badge

    Schools will probably buy

    They will probably flog a lot to schools. If my, now delayed due to a statewide curriculum review*, new Software Engineering syllabus has the same general outline as its unlamented draft**, year 12 students will HAVE to do a VR project. Given the cost of the developer version, I think I have just taught my last year 12 software development class ever.

    *it's ok we will keep using our outdated 20-year-old (last revision 9ish years ago) one instead. If I had a dollar for every time I said, "This is what I have to teach you and you will need to remember for your exam, but in the real world ...", I think I could retire.

    **my feedback on this section was "How am I supposed to mark the project?" Whenever I wear 3d glasses, I get a blinding headache in less than 5 minutes, and I get nauseous and have fallen off chairs wearing "cardboard", "AR headsets", and a demo VR (on a course @ the MS office in Sydney). The second part was equity, private schools will be able to afford 1 device per student, I will be lucky if I can get 2 to share among 12.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Tried hololens 1 : First 10 minutes - wow this is amazing, definitely leaps ahead of what I've seen before. Next 20 minutes, this is quite cool but the use cases are actually quite limited. Next half an hour - this thing is uncomfortable and can't really see any reasonable use for it.

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