Microsoft HoloLens isn’t a toy, creator says. At least not yet

Inventor. Visionary. Futurist.

This is Alex Kipman, the man behind Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality goggles, one of the company’s most ambitious products. That seems like a fitting challenge for someone who was admitted to Microsoft’s Hall of Legends in 2011 for his work on the Kinect motion controller.

But two years after the Brazil-born Kipman introduced HoloLens in January 2015, the goggles — which overlay virtual 3D images on what you’re seeing in the real world — still haven’t been released to consumers. (Developers can buy the HoloLens Development Kit for $3,000, while companies can pick up the HoloLens Commercial Suite for $5,000.)

Spanish CNET’s Gabriel Sama caught up with Kipman at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, to talk about the future of the HoloLens, its potential as a consumer device and Microsoft’s biggest challenges with AR. Oh, and they also discussed Pokemon Go.
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