Microsoft has released emulator HoloLens for Windows 10
Before Microsoft began the official sales of the kit HoloLens to developers at a price of $ 3,000, and along with this the company introduced HoloLens-emulator that allows you to test holographic applications on the computer, not with the device itself. You can download it directly from here.
HoloLens can work with almost any application Universal Windows Platform (UWP) from the Windows Store, but the company wants developers create apps specifically for the HoloLens.
In the emulator there is a «start menu» and several preinstalled applications. Including Microsoft Edge, Cortana, Settings, Photos, Store and some others.
HoloLens emulator uses a virtual machine on Hyper-V up and running with Visual Studio. The interaction between man and the environment, which otherwise would read the HoloLens sensors, simulated using a keyboard, mouse or Xbox controller.
- To go forward, backward, left and right – press the keys W, A, S and D on the keyboard or left joystick on the Xbox controller.
- To look up, down, left and right – click and drag the mouse, use the arrow keys on the keyboard or right stick on the Xbox controller.
- Air gesture – click, right-click, press the Enter key on the keyboard or use the A button on the Xbox controller.
- The gesture «rise» (in the environment HoloLens is the equivalent of pressing the Windows key) – press the Windows key and press the F2 key on the keyboard or press the B button on the Xbox controller.
- Scrolling movement of the hand – hold Alt, hold right mouse button and move the mouse up / down or on the Xbox controller hold down the right trigger and the A button and move the right stick up and down.
To deploy the application in the emulator, you must first load it into Visual Studio 2015. Set the platform to x86, select an emulator, HoloLens as a target device for debugging, go to Debug and then click Start Debugging (or just press F5). Microsoft warns that when you first start the download of the emulator may take a minute or more.
More information can be found here.