Lance Larsen - .NET Architect Madison Wisconsin

imageIs all of the text in the screen-shot to the left readable from the back row when coding live to a room of our fellow developers?  Will you be zooming in-and-out constantly?

As presenters – we practice and practice, often spending several weeks or longer working on a single presentations…  preparing for demo failure…  researching and most importantly learning so we can share and grow our community!

But what we all-to-often DON’T practice is the actual presentation to an audience – or even a simulated audience.

So in this post, we’ll focus on preparing the visual elements and create your own personal Visual Studio “Presentation Theme”!!!

<Note> Please refer to my previous post for effective Zooming-in-and-out: Windows 10 – Best Kept Secrets: Magnifier </Note>

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imageIt is an absolute honor to be among those few recognized by Microsoft in 2018 as an MVP (Most Valuable Professional).

Being an MVP allows for empowering access to the Microsoft engineers, which we repay with our blood, sweat, tears and feedback… :)

Being a software engineer is truly what dreams are made of, with our only boundaries being our imagination and time.

I will of course continue to thrown myself into the deep end of MR/AR/VR; Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality – and will continue to share with you what I’ve learned, available technologies, emerging technologies and the tools we use to write beautiful applications.

Working towards a Mixed Reality Future!


We live in awesome times for emerging technologies – encourage everyone to submit their ideas to Microsoft and potentially get developer kits for Kinect for Azure or Mixed Reality!  Check out the following link – that had this message… 

Also check out the Project Kinect for Azure website for even more ideas!

Did you know that you can apply for the Windows Mixed Reality and Project Kinect for Azure development kits?

If you have a project you would like to build using Project Kinect for Azure or  Windows Mixed Reality, you can be selected to receive the development kit for the respective program.

For Mixed Reality:

For Project Kinect for Azure:

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What a great event – loved presenting at the Chicago Code Camp sharing my passion for Mixed Reality development – with my “Ready Player Two: VR Game Dev” series of talks!

Have several more chances to give this presentation – but love to spread the Mixed Reality love even more – ping me if you’d like to see it at your user group or developer conference!  :)


IMG_9854Loving the Oculus Go for a quick and easy 3DOF (3 degrees-of-freedom) ultra-portable VR headset.

Being ultra-portable want to take it with me in a safe way…

Tried a couple cases – here’s the winner!

JSVER Gear VR Case for Oculus Go for $17.99 with Prime Shipping! Woot!

Skyloft4In the new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17115 (RS4) – there’s a cool new feature…

You can now take mixed reality photos directly from your controller by holding the Windows button and then tapping the trigger.

As always, you can also use your voice by saying “Hey Cortana, take a photo” or “Hey Cortana, record a video”

If you haven’t see Skyloft yet – check out my previous video

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NEW (Northeast Wisconsin) Code Camp (Appleton, WI) – Saturday – March 24th, 2018

Twin Cities Code Camp (Minneapolis, MN) – Saturday – April 21st, 2018

Chicago Code Camp (Chicago, IL) – Saturday – June 9th, 2018

That Conference (Wisconsin Dells, WI) – Monday to Wednesday – August 6th to 8th, 2018

Central Wisconsin IT Conference (Stevens Point, WI) – Saturday – Oct 6th, 2018 (NEW – added 3/22)

Cream City Code (Milwaukee, WI) – Saturday – October 13, 2018  (NEW – added 3/21)

Some are still open for “Call for Speakers” so get your submissions in now!  Looking forward to seeing everyone at each! (Note Cream City Code’s call for speakers opens May 1st, 2018)

Missing any…?  Send them to me!  (

imageWe coach a FTC (First Technology Challenge) robotics team, team 10100 Phoenix Force in Wisconsin.

As practice is a key to success, they wanted to run the robot more often in the full 12’ x 12’ competition arena.

But, we don’t own one.

But, we DO own a Hololens.

So the team made their own Augmented Reality FTC arena!  Created it in Unity.  Watch the video of the robot running in the Augmented Arena!

The team went all the way to the State championships again this year – so super successful…  plotting already for next year!

In the future, they would like to make this available to every team – using other technologies like the Mixed Reality Viewer, etc. – then everyone with a Windows 10 PC would be able to practice with their robots.  What amazing things we will be able to do… :)

Watch one of their matches where they deploy the Relic out of the arena!


imageTalking all things Mixed Reality and Hololens at a very exciting conference coming up in Milwaukee, WI on April 12/13, 2018.

So join us at CypherCon 3.0 Wisconsin’s Hacker Conference for Mixed Reality Awesomeness!

imageFor my fellow Microsoft MVPs – check out the MVP Companion open source application by one of our fellow MVPs (Lance McCarthy) – I refer to him as @TheOtherLance – awesome contribution to the community! 

Allows us to easily add submissions to our MVP profiles!