Lance Larsen - .NET Architect Madison Wisconsin

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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!
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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!

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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!


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…


imageMixed Reality: Building the Age of Experiences

Slides (without Video) from one of the several Hololens / Mixed Reality presentations.  Truly exciting times to be in tech.


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!


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Opened up the HOLOSOFT office to the local High school and community to experience Mixed Reality and VR… 

Amazing to thing about what this technology will look like in a very short amount of time, and by the time these kids are our age – it’ll be something that we can’t even imagine today.  Truly the stuff of Science Fiction…


imageMadison Area Technical CollegeCan’t help but smile when students of any age get excited about technology! 

Spoke to the Computer Science department at MATC (Madison Are Technical College)!

Presented and demoed the latest in Mixed Reality – and as you can see in this picture, they were immersed… :)

Always willing to come talk to students or colleges to help them see what’s possible – just reach out to me!


imageIMG_6052Actively engaged in the organization and planning of the Harry Potter Festival in Jefferson, Wisconsin!  Great event!

Setup 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_2017.10.25Awesome talk at one of my favorite meetup groups, the Madison XR Meetup!

Fantastic audience for “Imagining New Realities for XR/AR/VR – the Next Generation Human Machine Interface (Unity + .NET)

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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