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Archive for March, 2018

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!

imageVery excited to have been chosen to be one of the presenters at this years Twin Cities Code Camp!

Will be continuing to share my passion for Mixed Reality development – with my “Ready Player Two: VR Game Dev” series of talks!

In the year 2044, the world is in crisis. To escape that reality, the populace turns to the OASIS, a virtual reality MMORPG that is more than just a game – it is a completely immersive virtual society.

Back in 2018, at the dawn of VR, the seeds of our future were planted. What would come to be a billion dollar market, that changed the world forever, began then…

Join us in viewing the 2018 talk by the Microsoft MVP Lance Larsen (, one of the founders of HOLOSOFT (

This historic presentation inspired a generation of VR developers – leading at least in part to the OASIS we have today.

Code focused talk that will get everyone started making Microsoft Mixed Reality VR games

  • Focus on the latest and greatest VR hardware and software
  • Focus on creating VR experiences within Unity / C# and Visual Studio
  • Focus on integrating VR controllers
  • Focus on creating your own 3D VR launch icons

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SkyloftWelcome to Skyloft for Windows Mixed Reality

Skyloft is the next Virtual house that will be available for those that have immersed themselves in Microsoft’s Mixed Reality. 

To get this for yourself – you’ll need to either wait for April/May when the next version of Windows rolls out -or- sign up for the Windows Insider “Fast Ring”… (Update now also available for the “Slow Ring”)

If you need help with either – just ping me!

Watch the YouTube Video as we explore Skyloft!

More info on: Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17115 (RS4)

RoomAdjustQuestion:  When using your Windows Mixed Reality “WMR” headsets, after it goes through it’s calibration, sometimes it has the issue that the floor appears too high and it feels like you’re considerable shorter than you should be…  What can you do?

Answer:  It’s not obvious – but there’s a application that you can find in the apps called Room Adjustment.

As you can see, on your Start Menu you can find the Room Adjustment application.

Launch that.  Now you can easily adjust the floor up and down to the correct height! 

Watch a YouTube video of us walking you through it!

imageNot sure about the rest of my Hololens “Holonauts” – but I like to keep up on everything coming out for the Hololens… but browsing for Apps on the Hololens is not necessarily ideal… So bookmark this link to see everything available for the Hololens… 

Hololens Apps in the Windows Store

Bonus points for someone who can find a way to order by most recent release…

imageQuestion: How many times have you been to a Developer presentation, or in a meeting and had the presenter not have their text large enough?  Then when you ask them if they can make it larger… they struggled… 

Solution: Windows Magnifier!

Magnifier is an existing feature that make it possible to quickly enlarge a section of your screen – easily making it possible to professionally show your audience what they need to see.

I stress to you to practice with this feature!

Last think you want to be doing is “learning” how to use it in front of a live audience.

Setting this up is quick and easy – but here are a couple hints / settings to make it even better…


  Windows Key + Plus Zooms in
  (Pressing multiple times keeps zooming in)


  Windows Key + Minus Zooms out
  (Pressing multiple times keeps zooming out)

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IMG-8123Awesome – so you now own the best VR headset in the market – one of the Microsoft Mixed Reality Headset (MRH)…!!!  (or are looking to get one) 

Best in class hardware + no external sensors (“Inside-out-tracking”) + more and more applications being released every day.

And of course you want to share it…

Take it to your friend’s house…

Take it to community developer groups and show off all the awesome stuff you’re creating… 

But it didn’t come with a case… and if you search for a case online, no specific cases (or very very few) come up.

So… I bought 4 different cases from Amazon that were marketed for either the Sony PlayStation VR, HTC Vive or Oculus Rift  – and here are the results for both the HP and Samsung Mixed Reality Headsets.  Noting that the Samsung has build in headphones and is therefore larger than the HP.

(1) Hard EVA Travel Case for Sony PSVR by Hermitshell ($32.99)  [Left case in picture]
  PROS:  Best case of the group – fits both Samsung and HP – space for controllers – very sturdy case.
  Recommended for both Samsung and HP – with controllers.

(2) Hard Travel Case for PSVR Virtual Reality Headset by co2CREA ($29.99)  [2nd case from left]
  CONS: Does NOT fit Samsung.  Very flimsy.  Overwhelmingly very strong plastic smell.  Not recommended.

(3) Khanka Hard Case Travel Bag for Sony PSVR ($26.99) [3rd case from left]
  CONS:  Does NOT fit Samsung.  Overwhelmingly very strong plastic smell.  Not recommended.

(4) Storage Case for PlayStation VR ($13.99)  [Last case in picture]
  PROS:  Fits the HP headset – sturdy case. 
  CONS:  Does NOT fit Samsung.  No space for controllers.
  Recommended for HP without space for controllers.