Paint 3D and Unity (and HoloLens)

I remember being all excited about Paint 3D when I saw Microsoft announce it.

I even remember trying it out during one of my Live Q&A sessions with my Learn HoloLens members.

But I forgot about Paint 3D … or didn’t spend any more time thinking about it.

Well, this week I created a video showing how dead easy simple it is to take an object from the community in Remix 3D and export it to a .fbx file and drop it into Unity.

Then I bring in the HoloToolkit and build and compile the program to get the creation all the way from Paint 3D and into my physical room looking at it on the HoloLens.

You can check out the video here:

Acer vs HP Mixed Reality Headsets

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I received the Acer Mixed Reality Headset back on 7/25 and I did an unboxing video and talked about the headset in that video.

I received the HP Mixed Reality Headset a week later on 8/1 and I did an unboxing video and talked about that headset in that video

When using the Acer headset, I actually played the PC game Forza 6: Apex a little. I was playing the game on the headset.

When using the HP headset, I played the Xbox game Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun. I was streaming the Xbox game to the PC and actually playing it in the cliff side house.

This worked better than trying to play a AAA game on the same PC I was using the headset on, and trying to stream live on Mixer and record. It was too much for the PC and the gameplay suffered.

The two headsets have the exact same hardware specs. Same FOV (95), same resolution (1440×1440), same refresh rate (90Hz) same everything really…

But they do differ…

They differ in the way they look, their price, their weight, their comfort level, their cables, and their padding.

Headset Weight (grams) Weight (pounds and ounces)
Acer MR HMD 410-411 0 lbs. 13 5/8 oz.
HP MR HMD 513-514 1 lbs. 2 1/8 oz.
HoloLens 580 1 lbs. 4 1/2 oz.

While the HP is heavier than the Acer, it has more padding.

Subjectively, I think the HP is more comfortable. But your mileage may vary.

Their cables are basically the same length. The HP is a 2 to 3 inches longer, not enough to make any real difference.

The price of the Acer is $299 and the price of the HP is $329.

The biggest difference between the two headsets are how they adjust for you to put them on and take them off of your head.

The Acer uses a belt like feature, which can’t easily be adjusted with one hand.

The HP uses a knob that you turn to loosen or tighten the headset. It is much easier to work with.

To see the full comparison, check out the video:

I’m looking forward to getting some development done on these devices!

HoloPaintball Source Code Available

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Back in May, I created a quick demo that let me shoot my walls and furniture with holographic paintballs.

It was a  lot of fun.

This past Friday, I released a master class over at LearnHoloLens.com, the premium HoloLens membership site I run, where I showed the members how to submit a HoloLens app to the Windows Store.

The app I used for that master class was this HoloPaintball app.

So I decided to release the source code for HoloPaintball…

 You can get the source code for free here.

Dream Build Play 2017

Dream Build Play is back!

Back in 2007 Microsoft had the first Dream Build Play contest. Yes, 10 years ago. Then it went away for a while … like 7 years or so…

But it is back! And I’m excited about it.

You can check it out here, or get a little history lesson and learn about something new by watching the video below: