Lance Larsen - .NET Architect Madison Wisconsin

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!

imageVery proud to have been recognized as a Microsoft MVP this past year!

I love growing the local and regional developer community.

Also love contributing to Hololens development and outreach.

To stay an MVP, we must continue to push ourselves – and demonstrate what we do regularly.

Found this Chrome ‘MVP Activity Tracker’ plugin for Chrome – that makes that super simple, and wanted to share with fellow MVPs… :)

Check out my MVP Profile!

//Lance

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/