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Been thinking a lot about my HoloLens Academy Experience ..

After I attended the HoloLens Academy at Build 2015, one question continues to come back in my head:

What would I do with a HoloLens “Dev Kit” ?

Well the HoloLens is about two things:

1. Bringing objects into the physical world and interact with them

2. Change the appearance of the physical world

There is still one more barrier that needs to crossed before we can have a true Star Trek HoloDesk experience – and thats the physical properties of the holograms. We cannot touch them, there is not tactile feedback from a Hologram. Next step would be to combine the HoloLens with with something like this:

https://courses.cit.cornell.edu/ee476/FinalProjects/s2008/crs54_tz36/crs54_tz36/twocolumn.html

The HoloLens can only project holograms in the sweetspot of our vision, so anything that need peripheral vision will not work. An example of that would be soccer, you don’t want to walk around looking at your feet with a HoloLens.

In many ways, you can compare the HoloLens introduction with the Nintendo Wii. There is going to be a few games (Like the Wii Play suite) to get users confortable with the HoloLens. I would love to make a paint throwing game for that:

Imaging a game, where you can throw “paint bombs” in your living room. Use the gaze to aim, perhaps even get a hologram laserpointer, and then use a voice command to throw the paint. That would be fun 🙂

Another “no-brainer” App would be Cortana – Imaging calling out the “Hey Cortana” and she materialize right in from of your, again in true Star Trek transporter style, and ask what she can help you with. That would be a very cool demo app.

When it comes to business apps, its more in the visualization department I see the HoloLens. If we ever wanted to add a cargo configurator to Glomaris that would be a fun place to add HoloLens support. Imaging your vessel and the different cargoes as a holograms, and you can start trying to see if the jigsaw can be solved. In Foqus Finance a car configurator (change colors, rims, etc.) could also be a HoloLens experience.

I have the www.3dmouthpieces.com website, where you can design mouthpieces for brass instruments. How about a HoloLens designer, where you can, in real-time, construct your mouthpieces. And the finally with a voice command “Print mouthpiece” – sends the model to your 3D printer !

 

So i tried a HoloLens today

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Today i participated in the HoloLens Academy and it was an awesome experience.

The actual devices was guarded in a no-personal-electronics-zone so the picture above was the closest my camera came to a HoloLens.

The academy was a walk through with Unity and Visual Studio to create our own HoloLens App.

The first hologram we got to play with was a test app. A remote controlled car that we could get to drive around – Mind Blown ! This actually works !!

But this was a developer session, and we wanted our own holograms. So introducing Unity (beta):

We started by creating a simple scene in Unity, adding a few object. Then we replaced the standard camera with a HoloLens camera and pressed build. After that we needed to open the outputted solution with Visual Studio 2015 and pressed run…

And we got our own holograms, mind blown again 🙂

Then followed a series of making this demo app more and more complex. Adding voice commands, adding object interaction, adding surround sound..

The final state of our app included a hole in the floor where we could look into a “underworld” with bird, clouds and a landscape..

Mind blown again !

Final comments:

If you are using glasses, you need to remove the nose piece, otherwise the “screen” will not be placed correctly.

The field of view is much smaller than the keynote presentation showed us. This does not take anything away from HoloLens, and you forget it after a short while.

This is a awesome piece of hardware, and I can’t wait to try this again, thanks to Dave for being a great mentor during the academy.

Dynamics at //Build 2015

EH-LUMIA2520 - WIN_20150429_095236Right now the keynote for //Build 2015 is running. And something has changed, Dynamics has already being mentioned TWICE !!
At Build 2012 in Seattle Dynamics wasn’t even on a slide with ERP system shown at the keynote.

One more, Dynamics AX mentioned during the Office Graph talk.

Dynamics apps in the new Windows Store For Business

I will keep updating this post with Build+Dynamics impressions.