Microsoft’s impressive HoloLens augmented reality goggles will begin shipping to Windows developers and enterprise partners beginning today. The Redmond company shared a brief update on stage during its BUILD 2016 conference on Wednesday, touting HoloLens as the first and only untethered holographic headset on the market.
Microsoft has already shown off a number of very cool demonstrations of what HoloLens can do. Now it’s time for developers to build experiences for the platform. But it’s not just about building games—a number of big companies are already building immersive apps for HoloLens; companies such as Lowe’s, Audi, Saab and even groups like NASA.
Additionally, Case Western Reserve University is building an experience for HoloLens, which is great for students who want to learn about anatomy. Judging by a brief demo shown off on stage, HoloLens has the potential to be an incredible tool for interactive learning.
Unfortunately, the HoloLens Development Edition comes with a hefty price of $3,000, so people who are simply curious about fooling around with a unit probably don’t have the cash to throw down on the device. Still, with HoloLens now shipping to developers, it marks an important step in the device’s future.