Spell: How to do hand tracking on HoloLens

I am finishing reading Off to Be the Wizard book by Scott Meyer about a guy who dabbles in programming, finds a file that allows him to modify reality and travels to Medieval England to become a wizard. It is a fun and easy read, but the especially interesting part about the book is how it describes creation of magic through code. Reading through the book could not make me stop thinking that they are describing my experiences creating apps for HoloLens. You may not be modifying the real world per say in HoloLens, but you are seeing your hands do magic in the real world. Powerful stuff.

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How can you create magic with HoloLens code?

HoloLens sees your hand as long as it is in front of the display (where the cameras are). How can you track your hand with code?

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Spell: How to do hand tracking on HoloLens

UX Spell: Selecting 3D objects in AR and VR

When you start to design for augmented and virtual reality, you discover problems that you have never encountered in the 2D world of a desktop computer or a phone. How do you interact with an object on your desktop? It is easy! Point a mouse onto it and double click. Done! How would you interact with a hologram projected in the middle of your room?

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UX Spell: Selecting 3D objects in AR and VR

HoloLens: How far is the future seen in movies?

When thinking of the user interfaces of the future, what comes to your mind? I immediately start thinking of Tony Stark interacting with an epic holographic user interface while talking to Jarvis. Apparently this future is not very far.

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As promised in the post from the beginning of July, I am going to share what I learned so far about HoloLens capabilities while hacking on an emulator during Microsoft //oneweek hackathon.

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HoloLens: How far is the future seen in movies?

The Magic of Augmented Reality and HoloLens

July is Microsoft’s //oneweek celebration, when the full-time employees spend a week hacking apps that they would like to work on. I could not pass this opportunity, and decided to learn something that I have always been curious about: augmented reality and Microsoft HoloLens programming.

What is augmented reality? What are holograms?

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The Magic of Augmented Reality and HoloLens