Microsoft has launched pre-orders for UK developers to get their hands on their latest piece of hardware, the mixed reality HoloLens headset.

HoloLens is not a consumer VR headset. For starters it costs £2,700, so the current use cases all apply to industry verticals, be it medicine, manufacturing, architecture, travel and leisure or entertainment.

The problem, and this is with HoloLens in general, is the virtual field of vision is so small, roughly like looking at a 24 inch screen from a metre away, that you can’t immerse yourself in the surroundings, making the use cases very object specific, such as a jet engine or the human body.

Here we have ranked the eight HoloLens partner case studies listed on the Microsoft website so far, in a completely arbitrary way, from enterprise ready to shameless marketing gimmick.