Microsoft announced wearable holograms for its HoloLens gaming platform at an event in New York today.

The on-stage demonstration showed a game player wearing a HoloLens headset with a weapon formed around his hand. He used this to do battle with some scary-looking robo-monsters.

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He also used the weapon to go into a mode that stunned the enemy creatures and drew them into the weapon.

Microsoft pointed out that the HoloLens is completely untethered from computers so the player can walk around freely.

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After the demo, Microsoft announced that they are taking applications for the devkit today ($3000). They expect these kits to ship the first quarter of 2016.