Until now, you had to be a developer and apply for a chance to buy Microsoft’s HoloLens, its augmented reality headset. Microsoft is loosening up its criteria to purchase one, though you still have to meet a couple of conditions to be able to buy up to five HoloLens units.
For starters, you need to have a Microsoft account, though that is the easiest to check off. You also need to have an address in the US or Canada; those further afield will be hoping that this is relaxed soon. Finally, you need to be able to afford the $3,000 device.
It’s likely that the consumer version will be kinder on your bank balance, but this is the price to pay for early access.
We’re curious to see how Microsoft HoloLens will work and what kind of apps are developed for it. But we can afford to wait until it becomes a little more affordable.