Lance Larsen - .NET Architect Madison Wisconsin

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imageShowing off the new Microsoft Mixed Reality devices at a lot of awesome events lately…

If you love VR (Virtual Reality) / MR (Mixed Reality) and now XR (eXtended Reality) as much as I do – don’t miss this upcoming event … on Tuesday 12/5

I’ll be there with the latest and greatest from Microsoft – including the new Samsung Odyssey MR Headsets –and- of course the Hololens :)

And sign up for the Madison XR Meetup Group for future awesome events!


imageIMG_6052This past weekend we had an awesome time at the Harry Potter Festival in Jefferson, Wisconsin!  Great event!

My company HOLOSOFT offered a free Mixed Reality / Virtual Reality experience for children of all ages :)

We setup and ran…
- 1 Microsoft Mixed Reality Headset (with just arrived controllers!)
- 4 Hololens
- 3 Oculus Rifts
- 1 HTC Vive

The event had in excess of 40,000 attendees!  Wow…  

We ran all of our systems for two days straight – and almost always had lines waiting for each station.

Was all worth it seeing the amazement and joy on so many faces that had never tried anything like these devices – especially love the Hololens “WOW” response from so many.

Best compliment of all – from more than one – was “…that was the most magical experience we’ve had… thank you!”

Wait until you see what we have next year!

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MadisonVR_2017.10.25Very privileged to present again to an awesome VR community: Madison VR !

Went through current and future XR/AR/VR devices – with a focus on the Hololens and the brand new Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets! 

With my latest talk “Mixed Reality: Building the Age of Experiences with Lance Larsen (Microsoft MVP)” (now on LinkedIn SlideShare! – sans videos)

So many exciting releases of both hardware and software. :)

Looking to get the latest Microsoft Mixed Reality devices? check these out…


imageWe live in AWESOME times… Hololens + new Mixed Reality Headsets, oh my!

To develop for each of those, you need to keep up with the latest and greatest Unity Betas – download them here…

Want to save my fellow Holonauts some time – if you come across the curious problem where when you go to build and run – you’ll now see that the “Unity C# Projects” checkbox is disabled?!?  That’s not right…

The solution to this is to…

1) Open “Player Settings”
2) Expand “Other Settings”
3) Find “Scripting Backend”
4) You’ll see that the default is now “IL2CPP”, change that to “.NET”

Now your “Unity C# Projects” is re-enabled!

Enjoy and go build some awesome Mixed Reality Apps!

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AB'sTecimageWhile presenting on the Hololens at Twin Cities Code Camp (TCCC) (www.twincitiescodecamp.com) – had the opportunity to do an awesome YouTube interview with AB’sTech (YouTube Channel). 

https://youtu.be/j0uS1MtExfw

Pleasure to get to know you Aaron!  Thanks for the opportunity to speak with you about the Hololens. :)


imageMicrosoft is ecstatic to announce the twentieth anniversary edition of their flagship IDE: Visual Studio 2017!

Join us for a local product launch event on Friday, March 17th at Centare’s Brookfield office. (300 North Executive Drive Suite 300, Brookfield, WI 53005)

Register HERE for Free!

Hear from local technical experts Mitch Muenster (Xamarin), David Pine (C#), Scott Addie (.NET Core) and Lance Larsen (HoloLens) as they showcase what’s new and shiny for developers.  This is a free event sponsored by Microsoft and Centare!

09:00 – 09:50 AM: Xamarin
10:00 – 10:50 AM: .NET Core Tooling
11:00 – 11:50 AM: C# 7
12:00 – 12:50 PM: Lunch
01:00 – 02:00 PM: HoloLens


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One question I get every time when showing off the Hololens is how long does the battery last?

The quantitative engineer in me wanted a precise answer, so wore the Hololens until the battery died (general usage) – recorded times and % battery… 

Definitive answer ~4 hours, 13 minutes!


imageMicrosoft is creating some very cool “Cognitive Services” that we as developers can easily utilize in our applications to accomplish some amazing results with a few simple calls to these Azure service.

If you haven’t setup the Cognitive Services – take a look at Setting up Azure Cognitive Services.

We’ll start with the “Face [Detection] API

“Detect one or more human faces in an image and get back face rectangles for where in the image the faces are, along with face attributes which contain machine learning-based predictions of facial features. … The face attribute features available are: Age, Gender, Pose, Smile, and Facial Hair…” 

As my eventual goal is to integrate these into Hololens for you guys – we’ll be doing this integration into UWP (Universal Windows Platform) – but starting with desktop apps.

Completed project is up on GitHub @ FaceApiUwp

Ok, let’s dive right into code!  Fire up Visual Studio…

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unnamedI’m fortunate to be at the forefront of Augmented and Virtual Reality development – combining that with my years of contacts from running the awesome MADdotNET (Madison’s .NET User Group) – makes it possible to do Corporate Outreach on a regular basis.

Excited to head out to talk to one of my favorite companies NRC (New Resource Consulting) on Feb. 23rd.

Have some phenomenal Hololens development information to pass on – and hope to excite some new developers to push the boundaries of what they know and where they are going…

Augmented Reality is the future.

//Lance :)


Facebook2Greetings fellow Holonauts!  In the continuing saga of Holographic awesomeness – here are updated Step-by-Step visual instructions for setting up your Unity 3D application to run on your HoloLens with the all new version of Unity 5.5.1!

Been very busy working on Hololens applications for clients and potential clients – and I’m now working on new presentations and blog posts for some very exciting Hololens / AR / VR topics!  Strap-in and follow along.

Always refer back to “A Holonaut’s Guide: HoloLens Development Resources” for everything you need and links to all things HoloLens!

Don’t forget to join myself and others in keeping up with everything new for HoloLens / AR / VR news – follow HoloSoft on Facebook – and visit our HoloSoft site!

So – start by downloading the newest version of Unity – at this time 5.5.1 – the free version is excellent and does everything we need.

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Now my Holonaut, let’s dive into creating your first Hololens Holograms!

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