Microsoft’s augmented reality headset hasn’t even launched yet, and we’re already hearing rumors that other companies are working on their own versions of the device. ASUS has apparently been talking with Microsoft about working on it’s own version of HoloLens, which Microsoft has described as “the future of computing.” This could be good for consumers, considering how the HoloLens will cost $3,000 when it launches, because ASUS may end up releasing a more affordable version of the device.
Microsoft has decreed that its Hololens AR faceputer is “the future of computing.” So you’d think PC makers would be rushing to create something similar. But many tech companies focused on VR, Microsoft’s been alone in its AR pursuits—until now. Rumors suggest Taiwanese company Asus may make a version of Microsoft’s PC future. Technology is filled with all kinds of rumors and speculation — real and fabricated. BitStream collects all those whispers into one place to deliver your morning buzz. According to CNET, Asus is in talks with Microsoft to begin working on its own version of Hololens. Even though Microsoft has yet to release its $3000 headset (though its coming for developers in early 2016), Asus CEO Jonney Shih confirmed that they’re considering the idea. If $3000 sounds like a lot for an experimental technology, then that’s precisely where Asus could offer a lot of help. Asus has primarily been known for making affordable PCs. As Microsoft makes the spec’d out Surface Pro version of Hololens, Asus could be the company to make the head wearable many people can actually afford—at least when it comes to a risky first-generation device.
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