The Knowledge Bubble

Coding is hard and learning to code is perhaps even harder. The current software community is in a quandary these days about how to learn … much less why we must learn. It is now acknowledged that a software developer must constantly retool himself (as an actor must constantly rebrand herself) in order to remain

You might be a HoloLens developer if

You currently can sign up to be selected to receive a HoloLens dev kit sometime in the 1st quarter of 2016. The advertised price is $3000 and there’s been lots of kerfuffle over this online, both pro and con. On the one hand, a high price tag for the dev kit ensures that only those

How HoloLens Sensors Work

In addition to a sophisticated AR display, the Micosoft HoloLens contains a wide array of sensors that constantly collect data about the user’s external and internal environments. These sensors are used to synchronize the augmented reality world with the real world as well as respond to commands. The HoloLens’s sensor technology can be thought of

Augmented Reality without Helmets

Given current augmented reality technologies like Magic Leap and HoloLens, it has become a reflexive habit to associate augmented reality with head-mounted displays. This tendency has always been present and has to undergo constant correction as in this 1997 paper by the legendary Ron Azuma that provides a survey of AR: “Some researchers  define AR

How Hololens Displays Work

There’s been a lot of debate concerning how the HoloLens display technology works. Some of the best discussions have been on reddit/hololens but really great discussions can be found all over the web. The hardest problem in combing through all this information is that people come to the question at different levels of detail. A

Terminator Vision

James Cameron’s film The Terminator introduced an interesting visual effect that allowed audiences to get inside the head and behind the eyes of the eponymous cyborg. What came to be called terminator vision is now a staple of science fiction movies from Robocop to Iron Man. Prior to The Terminator, however, the only similar robot-centric

Virtual Names for Augmented Reality (Or Why “Mixed-Reality” is a Bad Moniker)

It’s taken about a year but now everyone who’s interested can easily distinguish between augmented reality and virtual reality. Augmented reality experiences like the one provided by HoloLens combine digital and actual content. Virtual reality experiences like that provided by Oculus Rift are purely digital experiences. Both have commonalities such as stereoscopy, head tracking and

The Mvp Program REORG Explained Through Gamification

Today chief Microsoft evangelist Steve Guggenheimer announced dramatic changes to the MVP program on his blog. In case you are unfamiliar with the MVP program, it is a recognition Microsoft gives to members of the developer community and is generally understood as a mark of expertise in a particular Microsoft technology (e.g. Windows Phone, Outlook,

The Next Big Thing in Depth Sensors

Today Orbbec3D, my employer, announced a new depth sensor called the Orbbec Persee. We are calling it a camera-computer because instead of attaching a sensor to a computer, we’ve taken the much more reasonable approach of putting the computer inside our sensor. It’s basically a 3D camera that doesn’t require a separate computer hooked up

Ceci n’est pas une pipe bombe

This is the picture of the homemade clock Ahmed Mohamed brought to his Irving, Texas high school. Apparently no one ever mistook it for a bomb, but they did suspect that it was made to look like a bomb and so they dragged the hapless boy off in handcuffs and suspended him for three days.