SINGAPORE, 12 APRIL 2018 — Microsoft announced today that Microsoft HoloLens, the first fully self-contained holographic computer running Windows 10, will be available in Singapore starting 12 April 2018. With this expansion, HoloLens is now available in 41 countries.
“At Microsoft, we are on a mission to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more,” said Veronica Chiu, Windows and Devices Business Group Lead, Microsoft Singapore. “Mixed reality has the potential to help customers and businesses across the globe and in Singapore do things that, until now, have never been possible. Mixed reality experiences will help businesses and their employees to complete crucial tasks faster, safer, more efficiently, and create new ways to connect to customers and partners.”
Microsoft first announced HoloLens in January 2015 and shipped to developers and commercial partners in the United States and Canada on March 31, 2016. The company continues to invest in technologies that are enabling the broader ecosystem to create for mixed reality worldwide.
Over the last year, Microsoft has seen several innovative implementations from our partners and customers that are leveraging HoloLens and Mixed Reality as part of their digital transformation initiatives:
- Trimble, known for its wide range of positioning technologies, introduced Trimble Connect for HoloLens and a new hard hat solution for HoloLens that improves the utility of mixed reality for practical field applications. Trimble has paid close attention to how to support HoloLens as a high-value tool for firstline workers and are continuing to increase their impact on the market.
- thyssenkrupp, one of the world’s leading elevator companies and a global urban mobility firm, has found ways to dramatically decrease operational costs with remote assist and training. With HoloLens, thyssenkrupp has digitalised sales and manufacturing processes of its home mobility solutions by as much as 4 times. In addition, using Microsoft HoloLens, 24,000 elevator service technicians can now visualise and identify problems ahead of a job, and have remote, hands-free access to technical and expert information when onsite, improving the way people and cities move.
- JRCS, a major Japanese maritime services company, deployed mixed reality, the Internet of Things (IoT), and AI to change how shipping crews are trained, how ships are maintained, and how navigational safety and standards are promoted and enforced. With HoloLens, JRCSwill deploy their INFINITY Training system which uses both mixed reality and AI to train both seafarers and land-based supervisors, enabling seafarers throughout the world to participate in equipment and systems courses at any time, wherever their location.
Microsoft New Zealand and local partner Datacom are using the technology of HoloLens to capture and preserve the beautiful tribal stories of one of New Zealand’s largest Iwi (Maori tribe). The Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei community is using Microsoft HoloLens and gamification to preserve and promote beliefs that date back almost a millennium, so that the past can be enjoyed by future generations, through a new immersive and interactive medium.
In Singapore, the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s Lab on Wheels program has launched an Immersive Media themed bus in March to bring enriching Immersive Media experiences to schools and the community. The Lab on Wheels Immersive Media themed bus aims to showcase and educate students and the community about how immersive media technologies can impact the way they learn, work, live and play. Microsoft and their education partner, Serl.io, are key partners in this effort to bring mixed reality experiences to students and the public through Microsoft’s HoloLens.
Pricing and availability
Microsoft HoloLens will be available in two configurations – Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition and Commercial Suite – and is now available to order on the Microsoft Store. More information about Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality can be found here.
The recommended retail price for the devices are as follows:
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In Asia, HoloLens is now available in Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore. More information about HoloLens availability in each market can be found at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/hololens/faq#FAQMarketExpansion.