Lance Larsen - .NET Architect Madison Wisconsin

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…

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

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  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.
  CONS:  NA
  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.

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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…

Needed to add MP4 video support to an ASP.NET website project. 

Found that adding the following made that work great when I deployed to Azure.

<!-- ====================================================================== -->
<!-- Required to have Videos show up when deployed to Azure  -->
<!-- ====================================================================== -->
<staticContent>
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".mp4" mimeType="video/mp4" />
</staticContent>

Alas, when I refreshed the cache on my browser – all of my CSS and Javascript files would not load, with the dreaded 500 errors.

So apparently, as soon as you add any <staticContent> settings – you need to add all possible settings.  Counter intuitive, so wanted to share the a comprehensive non-trivial fix that worked for me.

If there’s a better way to do this – love to hear it…  Also may be a better way to do this in ASP.NET Core – but for now this is a pre-Core project.

Here’s the solution, hope it helps someone else.  Good coding :)

<!-- ====================================================================== -->
<!-- Required to have Videos show up when deployed to Azure  -->
<!-- ====================================================================== -->
<staticContent>
  <!-- Set expire headers to 30 days for static content-->
  <clientCache cacheControlMode="UseMaxAge" cacheControlMaxAge="30.00:00:00"/>
  <!-- use utf-8 encoding for anything served text/plain or text/html -->
  <remove fileExtension=".css" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".css" mimeType="text/css; charset=UTF-8" />
  <remove fileExtension=".js" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".js" mimeType="text/javascript; charset=UTF-8" />
  <remove fileExtension=".json" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".json" mimeType="application/json; charset=UTF-8" />
  <remove fileExtension=".rss" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".rss" mimeType="application/rss+xml; charset=UTF-8" />
  <remove fileExtension=".html" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".html" mimeType="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
  <remove fileExtension=".xml" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".xml" mimeType="application/xml; charset=UTF-8" />
  <!-- HTML5 Audio/Video mime types-->
  <remove fileExtension=".mp3" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".mp3" mimeType="audio/mpeg" />
  <remove fileExtension=".mp4" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".mp4" mimeType="video/mp4" />
  <remove fileExtension=".ogg" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".ogg" mimeType="audio/ogg" />
  <remove fileExtension=".ogv" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".ogv" mimeType="video/ogg" />
  <remove fileExtension=".webm" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".webm" mimeType="video/webm" />
  <!-- Proper svg serving. Required for svg webfonts on iPad -->
  <remove fileExtension=".svg" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".svg" mimeType="images/svg+xml" />
  <remove fileExtension=".svgz" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".svgz" mimeType="images/svg+xml" />
  <!-- HTML4 Web font mime types -->
  <!-- Remove default IIS mime type for .eot which is application/octet-stream -->
  <remove fileExtension=".eot" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".eot" mimeType="application/vnd.ms-fontobject" />
  <remove fileExtension=".otf" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".otf" mimeType="font/otf" />
  <remove fileExtension=".woff" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".woff" mimeType="font/x-woff" />
  <remove fileExtension=".crx" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".crx" mimeType="application/x-chrome-extension" />
  <remove fileExtension=".xpi" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".xpi" mimeType="application/x-xpinstall" />
  <remove fileExtension=".safariextz" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".safariextz" mimeType="application/octet-stream" />
  <!-- Flash Video mime types-->
  <remove fileExtension=".flv" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".flv" mimeType="video/x-flv" />
  <remove fileExtension=".f4v" />
  <mimeMap fileExtension=".f4v" mimeType="video/mp4" />
</staticContent>