Lance Larsen - .NET Architect Madison Wisconsin

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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All currently are open for “Call for Speakers” so get your submissions in now!  Looking forward to seeing everyone at each!


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 :)

imageI’m excited to start sharing a lot of research I’ve been doing for my upcoming Hololens development talks…

“Augmented Eyes = Azure Cognitive Services + Hololens”

Where to get started?

Note – everything I’m using including Azure and the Cognitive Services is free, no cost – so don’t hesitate to follow along and get everything setup!  My hope is that you’ll do some really cool stuff and “share-it-back” to our community. :)

1) If you don’t have one – you can sign up for a Free Microsoft Azure Account.

2) Once you have that, login to your Azure Portal.

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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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imageIn the middle of another awesome season of robot challenges! 

Volunteer coach for both my daughter’s teams – both FLL (First Lego League) –and-  FTC (First Technology Challenge).

Been volunteering since Ashlyn (oldest daughter) was in 4th grade – she’s now in 10th grade – loved every success and failure along the way.

Always tell them “…if you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough…” and “…unless you give up — you always fail, until you succeed…”

If others are interested in getting involved – either as a coach or as a judge at one of the competitions – check out the following links and/or contact me anytime!

http://www.firstinspires.org/

So pleased that I’ve been able to share the experience of a HoloLens with well over 2000+ people just since //BUILD/ this spring – with likely 1000+ actually being able to experience the amazing view for themselves! (especially demoing four of them at once for 16+ hours at That Conference, the official Summer Camp for Geeks!)

So, now what?  We know what the HoloLens can do…  We know how to “bloom” and “click” – we know the amazing tech specs – we know that RoboRaid is one of the best games of all time – what next?  Simple – HoloLens 201 Tour is in the works!

imageBuilding the Age of Experiences: Hololens + IoT

The Information Age has Evolved, Welcome to the Age of Experiences!

We are living through another critical stage in the evolution of technology, we are at the very beginning of looking at our world through augmented eyes.  We –  and those that follow us — will no longer be satisfied with looking at a flat computer screen at our desks, or even on our mobile devices.  We will come to expect and demand to be immersed within our environment with but a single glance through augmented eyes.

Join Lance Larsen as we explore the technologies that are enabling the Age of Experiences, and how we as developers can unite both the Hololens, IoT devices and sensors to usher in the new age!

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Had an amazing time being able to show off the amazing reality rEVolution that is the HoloLens – here was just some of the previous HoloLens 101 tours.

Past HoloLens Tour Stops!

(6.22.2016) Madison Mobile Meetup
(8.02.2016) Milwaukee .NET User Group
(8.8 – 8.10.2016) That Conference (Hands on Demos)
(4.10.2016) LCNUG (Lake County .NET User Group)
(4.16.2016) Twin Cities Code Camp (TCCC)
(4.18.2016) Geek Lunch
(4.26.2016) Madison VR Meetup
(5.04.2016) MADdotNET (Madison)
(5.05.2016) Business Reach-Out (CUNA Mutual)
(5.14.2016) Madison Mini-Maker Faire

Welcome everyone to get in touch with me directly (lance@lancelarsen.com) and will do anything I can to share the awesome technology that is the HoloLens!

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imageHad an awesome time with my family at the Madison Mini-Maker Faire, which had 2500+ attendees!  Went there to support my daughter’s FTC Robotics team (for which myself and my wife are the coaches) – and brought my Hololens – was showing off the Hololens and a spontaneous line formed.  6 hours+ of demoing (with a recharge in the middle) had many more amazed Hololens converts!  What an awesome piece of technology – thanks Hololens team!

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imageChannel 9 – Lance Larsen on Microsoft HoloLens…

Feel that I did the Hololens justice – very excited to be one of the guys that gets to show it off – and help educate others on what a revolutionary device the Hololens is…

Thanks David Giard for a great interview! Fantastic conversation!

https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Technology-and-Friends/tf424