IoT Combined with Augmented Reality Creates Advanced User Experiences

As the Internet of Things (IoT) is getting built out and becoming much more popular there are many aspects of the technology that need to mature. Security will become a bigger issue over time, but the actual usability of IoT devices will likely become a problem even sooner. After all, if it’s too difficult to manage all the devices within a home or office then things will quickly become too cumbersome. The Microsoft HoloLens brings a unique and innovative ability to IoT management from an end user perspective. This unique ability is to enable mixing Augmented Reality with IoT. Continue reading

Connect Bluetooth Keyboard to Microsoft HoloLens for Easier Text Entry

The Microsoft HoloLens and Windows 10 support a holographic “on-screen” keyboard for text entry. There is also a voice to text option for text entry through this holographic keyboard as well. However, there are times when text input is just quicker and easier with the use of a keyboard. Fortunately, the Microsoft HoloLens fully supports Bluetooth, so you can easily connect a Wireless, Bluetooth Keyboard to the Microsoft HoloLens and use it for text entry. This is something that could be extremely useful for doing work on the HoloLens, but also helps make YouTube, Email and Web Browser easier to do. Continue reading

Social Sharing with HoloLens Photos App and OneDrive Sync / Backup

Here’s a short preview video I recorded using the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition to show off the built-in Windows 10 Photos App. This app provides some simple Social Media Sharing (currently Facebook and YouTube) as well as the ability to Sync your Images and Videos to Microsoft OneDrive. This is a short video that just goes over some of the basic features. All images and videos listed within the app shown in the video were taken / recorded on the HoloLens itself. This is the method I’ve been using to upload my HoloLens FPV (first person view) videos to YouTube. Continue reading

Cortona Telling Jokes on Microsoft HoloLens

I’ve been playing around a bit with the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition, and here’s s short recording from the HoloLens of me using Cortana to tell some jokes. Cortona on the HOloLens really reminds me of Jarvis from the Iron Man movies/comics. While Cortana isn’t all that funny from what I’ve seen, she is a little snarky at times. The always on personal assistant that follows you everywhere that can display things to you within your field of vision (just like Jarvis) will likely be a really killer feature of Microsoft HoloLens in the future. I’m really curious where this technology will go in the future, but for now you can watch this video. Continue reading

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Using Headphones with Microsoft HoloLens

The Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition has built-in speakers to provide a 3D sound experience. These speakers are designed to project the sound to your ears so a 3D app or game can give you a fully immersive sounding experience. However, if you’re hearing impaired or just want the audio from the HoloLens to be private then these built-in speakers may not be ideal. Is there another option for HoloLens audio, such as connecting headphones or earbuds? Continue reading

Web Browsing and YouTube on Microsoft HoloLens with Edge Browser

There are a number of applications that come with the “Holographic” version of Windows 10 that runs on the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition. Here’s a short video where I show a little on the user experience of browsing the web using the built-in Microsoft Edge web browser, as well as using Edge to watch YouTube videos on the HoloLens. Continue reading