Back in March, Microsoft let early-bird developers purchase an early HoloLens. It wasn't as easy as just rocking up in a shop with US$3,000 in your pocket and asking nicely though - customers had to apply, after which Microsoft would check their credentials and then decide.
The vendor has now dropped the application process, and developers in the United States and Canada can purchase up to five devices.
Customers can buy up to five devices if they live in the US or Canada, and have somewhere between US$3,000 and US$15,000 burning a hole in your pocket. Technically, only developers are meant to purchase, but really there's nothing to stop rich enthusiasts taking the plunge now, as long as they know your way around code, or at least coding forums, to get the most out of it.
According to a blog post from Microsoft, all of the early kits ordered by the previously vetted developers have been dispatched, but there's no indicator of exactly how many there are out there in the wild. Enough that HoloLens-supported apps are appearing on the Windows Store and Microsoft has been having “fun trying them out every week”.
Alongside the announcement, Microsoft also unveiled the HoloLens Commercial Suite, providing enterprise features “for added security and device management”. This includes things like being able to limit what apps are run and PIN unlocking.