Fun in Disney

I’m taking the week off, so my blog post this week is coming from Orlando, FL.

On Friday, I was able to give a HoloLens talk at the MVPDays in Orlando. It was a lot of fun.

But being on vacation with my family at Disney World is even more fun 🙂

From Magic Kingdom, to Epcot, to Hollywood Studios, to Animal Kingdom and back again I feel like our family has done and seen everything. Of course, that is impossible, but it’s been a great experience so far!

I’m curious where you went or are planning to go on vacation this year / next year. My kids are at the ‘perfect’ age to go to Disney this year so I’m glad we were fortunate enough to make it. I have no idea if we will ever come back to Disney World, but this was a good trip.

Two weeks ago I asked those who receive my email if they would rather see a music visualizer app on the Xbox One and HoloLens or the HoloWheels game on the HoloLens. So far it appears that the Visualizer is winning, so unless I get feedback going the other way I’ll work on the visualizer early next year.

However, while here at Disney, I’ve gotten a few ideas for the HoloWheels game after doing Test Trac a few times. As always, there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. In the past, I’d just try to do everything and get frustrated with myself that I couldn’t. Now, after reading and re-reading Essentialism, I understand that I need to pick and choose what I want to do and saying ‘yes’ to something means saying ‘no’ to at least one other thing (if not a bunch of other things).

I saw a quote from Walt Disney yesterday that said,

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

I’ve been in rides like the Carrousel of Progress and O’ Canada where the technology used to achieve the effects were complicated and rather cumbersome. In line for the Carrousel of Progress you can see a video of Walt Disney talking about the attraction as it appeared in the World Fair in New York back in 1964. At the time the main actor was sitting in this contraption with what looked like a robotic shell where the model in the show would mimic what this actor was doing.

Of course, I’m sure now days it is just programmed in, but I couldn’t help to think how any of us could create something similar armed with just a $150 Kinect.

The O’ Canada show is a 360 degree video that surrounds the audience with 360 degree video. Of course, 360 degree cameras are available to the mass markets these days and the shots could all be done with drones, I believe.

Anyway, it is interesting how the “impossible” before isn’t so impossible these days. Things that were science fiction in the past, like holograms, are now a reality.

It is pretty amazing really at how fast technology is changing and being adopted.

In this week’s video I want to know where you have been on vacation or where you want to go next year? Let me know in the comments!

Enjoy!

Holo Developers Interested in Gaming

If you are a software developer who has an interest in holographic development, I’m inviting you to join a Xbox group called Holo Developers.

I created this video to talk about my desire to get back into gaming. But I’d like to play with folks who are interested in software development and holographic development in particular.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Regardless if you are in the United States or anywhere else in the world, I hope you can take a little time think about what you are thankful and grateful for.

It is really difficult to complain or be fearful when you spend your time thinking about all the things you have to be grateful for.

I made a quick two-minute video mentioning what I’m thankful for.

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I’d love to hear about what you are thankful for. Please leave me a comment and let me know!

HoloLens Visualizer Update

VisualizerUpdateI decided to dust off some code I had that visualized music. I added a few more visualizers that are similar, but slightly different.

I’m thinking about spending some time into making this a proper app that would work not just on the HoloLens but on the Xbox One as well. If this is something that you would be interested in let me know in the comments.

Enjoy the video: