Through October, Microsoft will host demos of the mixed-reality headset at select Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada. Things kicked off in Bellevue, Wash., where visitors to the Microsoft Store there can try out HoloLens until Sept. 11.
The company's roadshow will then be in Palo Alto, California, and Mississauga, Ontario between Sept. 15-18 before hitting stops in Mission Viejo, Calgary, Dallas, Boston, Houston, Tysons Corner, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando, and Bloomington, Minnesota (full list below).
You can't just show up and strap on a HoloLens, though. Everyone must pre-register for a 15-minute session—a process that requires Microsoft log-in details. All remaining Bellevue public sessions are full. Folks can, however, apply for a waitlisted spot and hope someone drops out. Demos will take place from Thursday to Saturday (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and on Sundays (noon to 6 p.m.).
Or, you could just pony up $3,000 for your very own HoloLens Development Edition, available now—no application required. Officially, the wearable is for "developers and business customers," and the fine print says only that buyers "agree not to resell the product." There are no other purchase restrictions, besides the fact that you can't buy more than five, so anyone with a few thousand dollars and a deep interest in AR can now get their hands on a HoloLens.
Unlike VR devices (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR), the untethered HoloLens glasses don't take over your entire field of vision, but instead overlay 3D objects on what you see in front of you.