Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality goggles are already in the hands of a group of private beta participants. And those in the program are working on creating mixed-reality videos using a new Microsoft Actiongram app, due to be announced February 29.
Microsoft officials had previously said they'd begin shipping out the $3,000 HoloLens dev kits to developers in the first calendar quarter of 2016. One of my contacts said Microsoft told applicants that the first wave of "accepted" developers would be notified at the end of February of the kits' imminent arrival.
By getting HoloLens googles and an early version of the Actiongram app into testers' hands, Microsoft is hoping to get the Actiongram app in shape for a February 29 reveal, according to a leaked internal schedule. (Microsoft filed for the Actiongram trademark eight months ago.)
The aim of the Actiongram videos that testers will create using the app "is not to review the product," according to Microsoft's guidelines, "but to showcase and document the unique process of creation."
Closed Beta 1 for Actiongram began in early February and will last through March 31, according to Microsoft's schedule. A second, larger closed beta will run from early April until late May. And an open beta for the app will run from June through the end of October 2016.
The leaked documents also mention a Bluetooth clicker, which should be a great asset for those who find air taps difficult to master and tiring to repeat. (Yay for mouse-like devices prevailing in natural user environments!)