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Microsoft: Hololens' visible area like 15" monitor 2ft away

First official details of Hololens spec reveal wireless approach, 5.5 hour battery life

Microsoft tech evangelist Bruce Harris has spoken at an event Tel Aviv, revealing some brand new concrete specifications for Hololens, Microsoft's ambitious augmented reality headset.

In his presentation, attended by Petri.com, Harris explained that the Hololens will be completely wireless, with no wired option due to be made available to consumers. That means that the headset will have a maximum battery life of around 5.5 hours, which is likely to translate to 2.5 hours under heavy use. Harris also explained that any device which can connect to wireless or Bluetooth will be able to 'see' the HMD and any app which can operate in a Windows 10 environment will operate natively on the device out of the box.

The visible display area of the device, already a subject of some debate was likened by Harris as being approximate to a "15 inch monitor around two feet away." This size was chosen partly to preserve battery life, he said. However, once the manufacturing of the device reaches a scale at which it becomes appropriate and cost effective, Harris says that area could well expand.

Dev kits for the Hololens are due to ship this quarter and will cost around $3000.

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