following is a short interview with Succinctly
series author Lars
book HoloLens Succinctly was
published on Monday, May 21. You can download the book here.
What should people know about the
HoloLens? Why is it important?
HoloLens is currently the only
available mixed reality device that offers detailed spatial mapping, allowing
users to place and interact with holograms in the real world. It is the first
step towards immersive mixed reality that actually works!
When did you first become
interested in the HoloLens and digital reality?
I remember vividly seeing the
announcement and reveal at the Windows 10 event in January 2015 and immediately
being hooked. I signed up to get invited to spend $3,000 USD as soon as I
could, and I even did my first international talk on HoloLens development
before I even got a HoloLens myself.
By writing HoloLens Succinctly, did you learn anything new yourself?
I learned new details about
managing all the various factors that influence the experience on the HoloLens.
Colored light and curved walls for example can be problematic for the device to
map properly in 3D. I also learned that writing a book is hard work!
How will the HoloLens and digital
reality change over the next few years?
Over the next few years, devices
that map your real world will be more common, cheaper, and more accurate.
Digital realities will become a generally accepted part of everyday life
through mobile devices and wearables. Consumers will accept augmented reality
experiences as part of well-known apps, such as Amazon shopping in 3D, or
measuring your living room as a 3D model.
Do you see digital reality as part
of a larger trend in software development?
Digital reality will become a more
integral part of software development projects, but considering much of
software development is “faceless,” it will continue to be more of a niche and
included in specific projects. Having said that, programming for 3D experiences
will become more prominent.
What other books or resources on
HoloLens or digital reality do you recommend?
The best way to get involved in
the HoloLens community and learn from other developers is to join the open Slack
team at holodevelopersslack.azurewebsites.net. You can also read the great book Beginning Windows Mixed Reality
Programming: For HoloLens and Mixed Reality Headsets by Sean Ong.