Mixed Reality Business Applications Blog articles https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/bg-p/MixedReality-BusinessApps Mixed Reality Business Applications Blog articles Fri, 22 Oct 2021 19:15:58 GMT MixedReality-BusinessApps 2021-10-22T19:15:58Z Dynamics 365 Guides with Object Anchoring in Preview https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/dynamics-365-guides-with-object-anchoring-in-preview/ba-p/2594273 <P><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Check out the most recent update to&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN data-contrast="none">Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides</SPAN></A><SPAN data-contrast="auto">!&nbsp;With the&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN data-contrast="none">July release of Guides</SPAN></A><SPAN data-contrast="auto">,&nbsp;authors&nbsp;can now create guides to anchor faster and with more accuracy through&nbsp;markerless&nbsp;technology enabled by integration of&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN data-contrast="none">Azure&nbsp;Object Anchors</SPAN></A><SPAN data-contrast="auto">.&nbsp;Based&nbsp;on customer feedback, we have introduced an easier and more seamless way for you to anchor holograms to objects in the&nbsp;physical world using object anchoring.</SPAN><SPAN data-contrast="none">&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><LI-VIDEO vid="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXhMFjGFbTQ" align="center" size="large" width="600" height="338" uploading="false" thumbnail="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/BXhMFjGFbTQ/hqdefault.jpg" external="url"></LI-VIDEO></P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Archana_Iyer_0-1627492135532.gif" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/299065i8988240A211DC50C/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="Archana_Iyer_0-1627492135532.gif" alt="Archana_Iyer_0-1627492135532.gif" /></span></P> <P><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Using&nbsp;Object&nbsp;Anchors,&nbsp;o</SPAN><SPAN data-contrast="auto">perators can easily move from one workstream to the next as HoloLens’ spatial insight detects anchors and seamlessly launches overlaid digital content.&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN data-contrast="none">Learn more</SPAN></A><SPAN data-contrast="auto">&nbsp;about how this new feature improves on-the-job guidance with Dynamics 365 Guides.</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3><STRONG>Why use Object Anchors instead of QR codes?&nbsp;</STRONG></H3> <P><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Object anchors&nbsp;enable users to automatically align digital content with physical objects, eliminating the need for QR-code markers while improving alignment accuracy.&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <UL> <LI><SPAN data-contrast="auto">QR codes require physical artifacts of specific sizes to be printed out.</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN> <UL> <LI><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Object Anchors are markerless.</SPAN></LI> </UL> </LI> <LI><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Sticking QR codes on objects might cause damage.</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN> <UL> <LI><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Object Anchors are fully digital&nbsp;and&nbsp;have no risk of getting scratched or damaging physical&nbsp;products.</SPAN></LI> </UL> </LI> <LI><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Finding and scanning QR codes involves another step to the operator workflow.</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN> <UL> <LI><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Once your&nbsp;object has been&nbsp;converted to the right format by the author, operators can easily walk up and&nbsp;look at the object to be detected.&nbsp;This reduces the time it takes to locate the physical marker and more seamlessly launch into&nbsp;a&nbsp;workflow.&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> </UL> </LI> <LI><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Using a single QR code can affect&nbsp;accuracy as it can be influenced by marker size, camera scanning angle, and distance from the marker.&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">Manual processes&nbsp;that require&nbsp;QR code alignment can&nbsp;also impact&nbsp;alignment&nbsp;accuracy.&nbsp;</SPAN> <UL> <LI><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Object Anchors minimize manual processes and increases the accuracy of detecting an&nbsp;object.</SPAN></LI> </UL> </LI> </UL> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H3><STRONG><SPAN data-contrast="auto">How does Azure Object Anchors work?</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></H3> <P><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Object Anchors&nbsp;is an Azure service&nbsp;which enables the detection of specific objects in the real-world environment.  It&nbsp;uses&nbsp;sensing and processing on&nbsp;a HoloLens&nbsp;to detect and align a digital model to a physical object.&nbsp;To detect the object, it requires&nbsp;a converted&nbsp;3D&nbsp;model&nbsp;of the real-world object through&nbsp;AOA’s conversion&nbsp;service.</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Once the 3D&nbsp;model&nbsp;has been&nbsp;converted,&nbsp;Azure&nbsp;Object&nbsp;Anchors&nbsp;primarily&nbsp;uses&nbsp;the depth sensor on the device to match the&nbsp;geometry of the&nbsp;real-world&nbsp;object and the converted model.&nbsp;When it finds the object, it overlays it with a mesh to indicate the object and visualizes the required&nbsp;and pre-authored&nbsp;Guides.</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3><STRONG><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Considerations while using&nbsp;Object Anchors</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></H3> <P><SPAN data-contrast="auto">When considering potential use cases, keep in mind the following:​​</SPAN></P> <UL> <LI data-leveltext="" data-font="Wingdings" data-listid="5" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="5" data-aria-level="1"><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Object Anchors&nbsp;currently works best for stationary objects that don’t&nbsp;move.</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> <LI data-leveltext="" data-font="Wingdings" data-listid="5" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="5" data-aria-level="1"><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Objects should be 1-10 meters for each dimension for optimal&nbsp;alignment&nbsp;accuracy.</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> <LI data-leveltext="" data-font="Wingdings" data-listid="5" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="7" data-aria-level="1"><SPAN data-contrast="auto">An accurate 3D model of the object is required to convert to an  Object&nbsp;Anchor. The currently supported file types are: .obj, .fbx,&nbsp;.glb, .gltf,&nbsp;.ply​</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> <LI data-leveltext="" data-font="Wingdings" data-listid="5" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="8" data-aria-level="1"><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Highly reflective and dark material objects are difficult for the HoloLens to detect and may impact alignment and detection​.</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="aoa-object-size.png" style="width: 398px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/298840iEBF3AAB58ACB0F26/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="aoa-object-size.png" alt="Recommended dimensions for objects" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Recommended dimensions for objects</span></span></P> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H3><STRONG><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Workflow</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></H3> <P><STRONG><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Step 1 - Convert your 3D model&nbsp;to a detectable format:</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <UL> <LI data-leveltext="" data-font="Wingdings" data-listid="11" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="9" data-aria-level="1"><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Use a 3D model of the object with which you want to align.</SPAN></LI> <LI data-leveltext="" data-font="Wingdings" data-listid="11" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="10" data-aria-level="1"><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Run this 3D model through the&nbsp;AOA conversion services cloud-based training&nbsp;and conversion pipeline​&nbsp;(using&nbsp;Guides, authors will be able to perform that pre-conversion and assign detectable object to a guide as part of their workflow).</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> <LI data-leveltext="" data-font="Wingdings" data-listid="11" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="11" data-aria-level="1"><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Receive an object model output to use on your HoloLens 2&nbsp;device ​.</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P><STRONG><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Step 2 - Assign an anchor:&nbsp;</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Leverage the object model generated in the first workflow to assign it to a guide as its Object Anchor.&nbsp;Use the PowerPoint-style authoring experience to simply drag and assign the object as an anchor.&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN data-contrast="auto"> </SPAN></P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="ArchanaIyer_3-1627432042437.jpeg" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/298835i67553935975A24CE/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="ArchanaIyer_3-1627432042437.jpeg" alt="ArchanaIyer_3-1627432042437.jpeg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559685&quot;:720,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;<STRONG>Step 3 -&nbsp;</STRONG></SPAN><STRONG><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Author/ operate:</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <UL> <LI data-leveltext="" data-font="Wingdings" data-listid="12" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="12" data-aria-level="1"><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Guides&nbsp;uses&nbsp;the&nbsp;Azure Object Anchors&nbsp;detection SDK&nbsp;to scan and detect the Object Anchor based on a real-world&nbsp;scan ​.</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> <LI data-leveltext="" data-font="Wingdings" data-listid="12" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="13" data-aria-level="1"><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Step by step holographic instructions are then overlaid accurately over the physical&nbsp;object, based on the Guides that you set&nbsp;up.</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><STRONG><SPAN data-contrast="none">Try it out!</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN data-contrast="auto">&nbsp;Download the latest release of&nbsp;Guides&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN>here</SPAN></A><SPAN data-contrast="auto">.&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Instructions on how to upgrade your Guides&nbsp;solution are&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN data-contrast="none">here.</SPAN></A><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Have&nbsp;a suggestion? Post&nbsp;it&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN data-contrast="none">here&nbsp;in our categories</SPAN></A><SPAN data-contrast="auto">&nbsp;or use&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN data-contrast="none">this forum.</SPAN></A><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN data-contrast="auto">Don’t forget to tell us what you think&nbsp;and let us know about the different Mixed Reality solutions you build!</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> Wed, 28 Jul 2021 17:14:53 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/dynamics-365-guides-with-object-anchoring-in-preview/ba-p/2594273 Archana_Iyer 2021-07-28T17:14:53Z [Guest Blog] Mixed Reality’s Positive Impact on the World https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-mixed-reality-s-positive-impact-on-the-world/ba-p/2533241 <P><EM>This article is written by Cem Kolukisa, a Microsoft Digital Technical Specialist in Dublin who shares his thoughts on mixed reality journey as part of our Humans of Mixed Reality series.&nbsp;</EM><EM>Cem provides insights on how&nbsp;we can use mixed reality to solve problems more effectively while avoiding travel, enabling us to be more productive while minimizing travel costs and risks.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When I look back, I remember that I crossed paths with Mixed Reality for the very first time via a $5 VR Box that I ordered online. My goal at the time was just to try understanding this fascinating new technology. When I look how far Mixed Reality technology has come since then, maybe we can say that those times were the pivotal baby steps for the technology.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Back then, I had to physically put my phone inside the VR Box. The user experience was quite frustrating. But it was still extremely exciting. It was not difficult to foresee that this technology would become truly transformational - life-changing, even- after a while. Of course, I must mention the Pokémon GO madness that took the world by storm. Yes, I was one of those who hunted Pokémons on the streets! Thanks to Augmented Reality, we were able to experience our favorite cartoon from our childhood. Many people - whether they were young or full-grown adults- have certainly experienced hunting AR Pokémons on the streets for a while.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="Pokemon.jpg" style="width: 577px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/294728iBE569A3CFC61A3DD/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Pokemon.jpg" alt="Pokemon.jpg" /></span></P> <P class="lia-align-left"><EM>Image credit: The New York Times (2020)</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">Of course, while these baby steps were being taken and everyone was casually experimenting with VR or AR games, I was constantly following the news about HoloLens. Basically, the most important reason for my interest was the device itself - a sophisticated computer on its own that did not rely on a mobile phone screen like the now seemingly primitive VR Box derivatives. The user experience that HoloLens offered greatly impressed me. <STRONG>What we could do with this glasses-shaped, head-mounted computer seemed limitless.</STRONG> Then I had the chance to experience HoloLens at a tech fair. As I expected, the experience was way better than the derivatives. During all those years, a lot of companies invested in HoloLens and the Mixed Reality devices. It created a big market for 3</SPAN><SUP style="font-family: inherit;">rd</SUP><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;"> party applications on these devices. It was obvious to me even back then how this technology would make a big difference especially in areas such as production, retail, maintenance, and health. The real question was, how fast could this change take place? How fast can we adapt to this technology?</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I remember the old days when we had to travel or fly thousands of kilometers for a single meeting, a maintenance operation or a small problem… At this point, we can all agree that the COVID-19 pandemic had a catalyst effect in prompting organizations to accelerate their digital transformation. When travel restrictions were imposed and organizations had no other alternatives, we were all forced to adapt. This necessity caused us to understand what kind of a mine lies under the surface.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Right around the time that these developments were taking place, I joined the Microsoft family and started working on Microsoft's Mixed Reality products. On the one hand, I was trying to get to know the products closely and learn what they can do; on the other hand, I was trying to meet the requirements of our customers in these difficult and unprecedented times. As a team, we helped support the rapid activation of <A href="#" target="_self">Dynamics 365 Remote Assist</A> in many companies especially in the critical manufacturing sector. In the period that we could not even leave our homes, it was very satisfying to see that our customers were still able to connect to their locations thousands of kilometers away, resolve issues remotely and increase collaboration. Thanks to mixed reality, we can solve problems more effectively while avoiding travel, minimizing risk and yet still become more productive.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Remote assist.jpg" style="width: 586px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/294729i0156FE8F5E0A63C0/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Remote assist.jpg" alt="Remote assist.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>This isn’t merely a futuristic concept anymore -&nbsp; this is already here and now.</STRONG> But what's next? Here's my personal take:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>For the time being, these technologies are still largely 1:1 and device-dependent. If we assume that remote working, remote meetings and remote problem-solving will become the norm, it's likely that the experience will evolve to become 1-to-many. Microsoft has already&nbsp;announced a new product called Mesh a few months ago. It is a technology that helps us to work with colleagues from across the globe digitally. You would be able to feel the presence and share experiences as if you are face-to-face. We can create a common understanding and arrive at more informed decisions even remotely. Soon, with mixed reality, you could work and feel like you are with your colleagues in the same place even if you're physically far apart.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Furthermore, it not only has native cross-platform support but also a developer platform built on Azure Infrastructure. This amazes me the most! Just picture it: a platform that helps everyday developers build their own custom Mixed Reality solutions. Imagine all the creative ideas and solutions we can develop together!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Masa Mesh.jpg" style="width: 602px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/294730i030C3F7F6FD32865/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Masa Mesh.jpg" alt="Masa Mesh.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I think we’ll see that the market is getting bigger and bigger every year, and it will start becoming more seamlessly integrated into our lives. While the definition of workplaces and challenges for each industry are rapidly changing, Mixed Reality applications will be our helpers to make life and work easier for us all. I am excited for the future of Mixed Reality, and hope you will get to experience this journey for yourself too!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Dunya mesh.jpg" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/294731iA0513BAA637DF27F/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Dunya mesh.jpg" alt="Dunya mesh.jpg" /></span></P> <P>#MixedReality #CareerJourneys</P> Fri, 09 Jul 2021 19:29:17 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-mixed-reality-s-positive-impact-on-the-world/ba-p/2533241 CemKolukisa 2021-07-09T19:29:17Z [Guest Blog] At the Intersection of Mixed Reality and Business Applications: My Career Journey https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-at-the-intersection-of-mixed-reality-and-business/ba-p/2469762 <P><EM>This article is written by Martin Heward, a Microsoft employee and long time professional in Business Applications, who shares his biz apps to mixed reality journey as a part of our Humans of Mixed Reality series.&nbsp;This blog is formatted in a Q&amp;A style - please read Martin's answers to questions around his career story.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="olucrisia_1-1624491422256.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/290835i422EB4E9E1C6FB37/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="olucrisia_1-1624491422256.png" alt="olucrisia_1-1624491422256.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Q: How did you get started in the MR space?</STRONG></P> <P>A: As a long time professional in Business Applications (as a customer, partner, now Global Black Belt aka GBB specialist), I am no stranger to emerging technology since during much of my career, I've seen many Dynamics 365 products start off as an incubation product just like our Mixed Reality business applications today. Not long after I joined Microsoft 3.5 years ago, I came across the concept of Mixed Reality and immediately was <STRONG>intrigued by its possibility to add unmatched business value</STRONG> for my customers and prospects. As a new employee with time to learn (remember those days?) in the summer of 2018, I jumped on the opportunity to be one of the early adopters and became Master-Certified in both Mixed Reality and the HoloLens.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As part of that process, I received an HoloLens (1st gen) for learning and pre-sales. However, I am glad that I was disciplined enough to not play with it, or even turn it on until I had completed the learning courses. I will NEVER forget that magical moment when I put it on for the first time after having some idea (albeit only 2-dimensional) about what to expect. Even though the HoloLens (1st gen) had some limitations with field of view and gesturing that was not exactly intuitive at the time, I was completely blown away with Mixed Reality in general. I know many people have already said this before, but <STRONG>it truly is one of those rare concepts that you can describe with words and human emotions all day long, but not understand until you experience it on your own.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Here's a handy diagram to illustrate where mixed reality business applications like Remote Assist and Guides come in the broader Dynamics 365 infrastructure:</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="olucrisia_2-1624491461006.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/290836iCDCE74BF0DBC15D7/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="olucrisia_2-1624491461006.png" alt="olucrisia_2-1624491461006.png" /></span></P> <P><STRONG>Q: What excites you most about mixed reality?</STRONG></P> <P>A: Personally, mixed reality is exciting to me because of how relevant and complementary it is to core challenges that our Business Applications customers are tackling each day. <STRONG>Mixed Reality and the value it brings spans every industry we operate in.</STRONG> It is certainly extremely relevant in my focus industries of Process Manufacturing, Energy, and Utilities. From Health and Safety, to Production Optimization, to an aging workforce of frontline workers; these are fundamental issues discussed in board rooms at every single one of the customer organizations I interact with. My job is to create a vision of transformation of business processes with Dynamics 365 - adding in Mixed Reality to my messaging is a way of super-charging this message and making the previously perceived sci-fi-like future seem very possible and current.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Q: Why do you think mixed reality business applications are truly transformative for organizations?</STRONG></P> <P>A: We all know transformation may be one of the most overused terms in our industry, and perhaps the most vague. Business Applications is unique in the sense that it is not a commodity that we are delivering, instead it is more like a box of LEGO, if you will, that requires transformation of business processes that the configured Business App is meant to complement. This process of envisioning&nbsp;typically takes lots of time. What is so refreshing about Dynamics 365 mixed reality business applications such as <A href="#" target="_self">Remote Assist</A> and&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_self">Guides</A> is that they are much closer to a commodity than those of us in Business Applications are used to. <STRONG>Mixed Reality applications can transform business processes and be adopted quickly, sometimes even right out of the box.&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This quick time to value is related to the fundamental nature of mixed reality apps. I've spoken with many individuals who experience mixed reality for the first time (be it at marketing shows and conferences) and they often have sentiment much like mine around “the experience” of learning in a completely different manner than we are used to. Everyone’s learning styles are quite different - I see this first hand with my own two kids. Some are traditional, others are kinesthetic and require movement to retain information. There is something profound and different about performing tasks on a HoloLens. Many, including myself seem to retain information in much greater quantity and specificity than traditional methods. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Here's a nostalgic photo of me with my very first HoloLens (1st gen) device:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="olucrisia_3-1624491529893.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/290837i0F82D0CDA23A1D84/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="olucrisia_3-1624491529893.png" alt="olucrisia_3-1624491529893.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Q: What advice would you give to others considering careers in mixed reality, or exploring the use of mixed reality in their organizations?</STRONG></P> <P>A: As stated earlier, my advice about mixed reality is to <STRONG>first perform research and due diligence before jumping in and worrying about devices and your organizations specific use cases</STRONG>. The applications of mixed reality are vast, and just like any emerging technology, many decision makers within business see this as a future-state investment. For many, most unfortunately, this could mean months and years of pilots and proof of concepts. This is a medium that is proven to be transformational even in the most hard industrial environments within our customers operations. To avoid this perception of emerging versus ready, I would think outside the box and be very selective about the business problems you are aligning with. First impressions are quite powerful and can be a challenge to overcome if outcomes are not aligned with expectations. A good way of avoiding this is to weave it into messaging as <EM>matter of fact </EM>versus something profound and singled out.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">Q: Do you have any useful resources you can share that have inspired you (links, e-books, podcasts etc)?&nbsp;</SPAN></STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>YouTube channels: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft HoloLens - YouTube</A>, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Remote Assist - YouTube</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learning Paths: <A href="#" target="_self">Remote Assist</A>, <A href="#" target="_self">Guides</A></LI> </UL> <P>I hope you will be bold and experience mixed reality for yourself, and witness firsthand what it can do for industries worldwide!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality #CareerJourney</P> Sat, 26 Jun 2021 01:10:33 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-at-the-intersection-of-mixed-reality-and-business/ba-p/2469762 MartyBizApps 2021-06-26T01:10:33Z [Guest Blog] My Path from Computer Vision to Mixed Reality https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-my-path-from-computer-vision-to-mixed-reality/ba-p/2385399 <P><EM>This article is written by Harpreet <SPAN>S </SPAN>Sawhney, a&nbsp;Principal Computer Vision Architect at Microsoft Mixed Reality + HoloLens at Microsoft, who shares his journey from computer vision to mixed reality as a part of our Humans of Mixed Reality series.&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="harpreet-alaska-2008-01.bmp" style="width: 696px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/283690iE8A6107A75495743/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="harpreet-alaska-2008-01.bmp" alt="How I discovered Hololens and am Loving It!" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">How I discovered Hololens and am Loving It!</span></span></SPAN></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>At the start of my graduate student stint, I took my first course in Computer Vision at UMass, Amherst.&nbsp;<STRONG>Computer vision</STRONG>&nbsp;is a field that uses computing, algorithms and software to understand the physical world of entities and humans via cameras, imaging and related sensors. Computer vision has transitioned from a boutique and esoteric research field worked on by a few university and industry labs in the 90s to a mainstream field that has transformed the world via deployed products and emerging technologies.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After working on almost all aspects of computer vision including Structure from Motion (SfM), object detection and tracking, 3D object recognition and video understanding at industry labs, I had the opportunity to experience a HoloLens demo at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Conference in 2016. It's safe to say that I have been hooked ever since.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>It hit me that the next revolution in computing and peoples’ lives would be working with the physical world through a <EM>digital</EM> medium.</STRONG> The promise of Mixed Reality and HoloLens is tremendous. One of the biggest challenges in real-time, real world computer vision is build<SPAN>ing</SPAN> integrated multi-camera and multi-sensor systems on mobile platforms with synchronized data streams and on-board processing that will stand the test of dynamics of the platform, changing environments and environmental conditions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When I first wore the HoloLens, I truly realized how <EM>beautiful</EM> the device worn on my head was. Capabilities such as integrated cameras, time-of-flight, inertial sensors, displays and processing created an integrated sensor-processor in a head-mounted compact format. If we ever get to a world in which the physical world is seamlessly augmented by an extension of our own visual and cognitive intelligence, then HoloLens is a significant first step in making that a reality.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE width="718px"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="717.2px"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="HarpreetSawhney_0-1621975943358.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/283693iF9F7B4101A260641/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="HarpreetSawhney_0-1621975943358.png" alt="HarpreetSawhney_0-1621975943358.png" /></span> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="717.2px"> <P class="lia-align-center"><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hololens: An Enthralling “Vision” Trip!</A></P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When I joined the Analog Science team in HoloLens at Microsoft in 2017, I began to explore gaps and challenges needed to make HoloLens in enterprise applications a reality. I quickly found that one of the most sought after capabilities in enterprises was locking holograms to objects for collaborative design and marketing as <SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this video</A></SPAN> demonstrates:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="719"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="HarpreetSawhney_1-1621975943414.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/283691i9AA8204C3EFD444D/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="HarpreetSawhney_1-1621975943414.png" alt="HarpreetSawhney_1-1621975943414.png" /></span> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft HoloLens: Partner Spotlight with Ford</A> ( <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QyA7HhIYkg ) </A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This problem is technically challenging, but, if solved, would open up object-locked holograms to the world of mixed reality. <STRONG>Imagine this: a time in the future when all user manuals, maintenance manuals, and training manuals are in mixed reality.</STRONG> For example, I can simply walk up to my car and ask my Holo<SPAN>L</SPAN>ens to show me how to check the oil in my car and it takes me through the steps in 3D, directly aligned to the relevant parts of my car right there in my garage! Even better, every car owner, technician and user has the same experience. Another exciting component: the manual only has to be created just once in the factory, and then used&nbsp;<EM>millions</EM>&nbsp;of times wherever that car or the object is in the world, independent of its surroundings and environmental conditions. This is called object-locking as contrasted with world-locking <SPAN>in which holograms attach to locations in the world </SPAN>that HoloLens provided out-of-the-box via head-tracking. Thus Object Understanding (OU) in the the Analog Science HoloLens team was born!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Believe it or not, I did the first data capture for algorithm development and experimentation with HoloLens in my&nbsp;<EM>own</EM>&nbsp;garage with my&nbsp;<EM>own</EM>&nbsp;car! The well-integrated and synchronized sensor suite not only enables real-time applications on the device, but also affords synchronized data captures for important offline development and performance evaluation. The key technology we developed for OU is automated detection and alignment of a Digital Twin (3D Model) of an object to its physical counterpart as shown for a car here.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="720px" height="563px"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="HarpreetSawhney_2-1621975943500.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/283692i5C1FAF73D13E616C/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="HarpreetSawhney_2-1621975943500.png" alt="HarpreetSawhney_2-1621975943500.png" /></span> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="720px" height="28px"> <P>Automatically detecting and aligning a Digital Twin (3D model) to its physical counterpart.</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We also “discovered” a first-party product team, Dynamics 365 Guides, <SPAN>that</SPAN> make<SPAN>s</SPAN> <SPAN>on-the-job learning a magical experience for users</SPAN><SPAN>, with automated and </SPAN><SPAN>unobtrusive</SPAN><SPAN> obje</SPAN><SPAN>ct detection using Azure Object Anchors and QR markers</SPAN>. Guides is a “killer app” for Mixed Reality and HoloLens, enabling 3D, in-situ workflows for <SPAN>t</SPAN>raining, <SPAN>t</SPAN>ask <SPAN>g</SPAN>uidance and <SPAN>o</SPAN>perations. A great example is demonstrated&nbsp;<SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</A></SPAN>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="719"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="HarpreetSawhney_3-1621975943596.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/283694i2D65650E4694D67F/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="HarpreetSawhney_3-1621975943596.png" alt="HarpreetSawhney_3-1621975943596.png" /></span> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P class="lia-align-left"><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Guides with HoloLens 2</A></P> <P class="lia-align-center">&nbsp;</P> <P>We honed the HoloLens “Object Understanding” features by working closely with the Guides team as well as external partners such as Toyota. Object Understanding on HoloLens 2 was released as Public Preview in March 2021 under the banner of&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Object Anchors</A>&nbsp;(AOA)&nbsp;<SPAN>to achi</SPAN><SPAN>eve</SPAN><SPAN> marker-less anchoring </SPAN><SPAN>and the new experience </SPAN><SPAN>will be available as Public Preview on August 1, 2021. </SPAN><SPAN>A video of the integrated Guides + </SPAN>Object Anchors<SPAN> demo is </SPAN><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</A></SPAN><SPAN>.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Object Anchors: Object Detection within Guides.</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>Examples of usage of </SPAN>Object Anchors <SPAN>by Toyota and others are </SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN>here</SPAN></A><SPAN>.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="olucrisia_15-1623780281096.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/288843iC1925A057323C6ED/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="olucrisia_15-1623780281096.png" alt="olucrisia_15-1623780281096.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="720px" height="369px"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="HarpreetSawhney_5-1621975944039.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/283696iC6594E3325573CCE/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="HarpreetSawhney_5-1621975944039.png" alt="HarpreetSawhney_5-1621975944039.png" /></span> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mixed Reality Dev Days Japan - Object Anchors</A></P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P class="lia-align-left"><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Object Anchors – Object understanding with HoloLens</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Object Anchors and its companion technology <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Spatial Anchors</A> are just the beginning in persistent location-locked and object-locked holographic content authoring and interaction. Imagine a world in the near future when people connect and collaborate with others as if they are together even when not physically present through <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Mesh</A>&nbsp;with spatial, object, and human augmentation that blurs the distinction between the digital and the physical!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>That is the promise that drives me every day and helped blaze the path for my Computer Vision journey to HoloLens, Mixed Reality and Microsoft. I am thrilled to be creating the future of how humans work, play and live within the physical and human World in Mixed Reality!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality #CareerJourneys</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Thu, 17 Jun 2021 22:09:54 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-my-path-from-computer-vision-to-mixed-reality/ba-p/2385399 HarpreetSawhney 2021-06-17T22:09:54Z [Guest blog] My journey to Mixed Reality https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-my-journey-to-mixed-reality/ba-p/2388651 <P><EM>This guest blog was written by<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>Katarina Arbanas, an EMEA Global Blackbelt Specialist for Microsoft Business Applications at Microsoft. She is passionate about empowering the workforce&nbsp;and drive positive and impactful&nbsp;changes that transform the way we learn&nbsp;and collaborate to solve most pressing challenges.&nbsp;</EM><EM>Here, she shares her journey into the Mixed Reality world, which eventually led to her becoming a Mixed Reality champion.&nbsp;&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>My first encounter with Mixed Reality technologies was exactly two years ago during the <STRONG><A href="#" target="_self">Hannover Messe</A>&nbsp;</STRONG>global summit in Germany where more than 200,000 people from all over the world gathered to learn about the latest and greatest in the manufacturing industry. I was one of the representatives on Microsoft Dynamics showcase area, and right next to me was a massive line of people waiting to try on the HoloLens device to experience something completely new.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Back then, we introduced <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Dynamics 365 Guides</STRONG></A> as a solution to enable us to “Learn by Doing," something we believe will completely change the way organizations onboard and set up their employees for success. I remember approaching my colleagues at their Mixed Reality booth, asking when would be a good time for me to swing by to try HoloLens and experience it first-hand for myself. At the end of my working shift, I went to try it and since then, well, my life has been transformed since!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The scenario we were showcasing back then was to explore a physical piece of an airplane with the Mixed Reality HoloLens 2 device and Dynamics 365 Guides. Guided instruction cards in addition to the overlay of 3D holograms right in the HoloLens wearer's real-world environment provided clear direction and highlighted focus areas - something a person can easily find, repair and continue working on selected part of the equipment. At the same time, there was a also printed poster with manual instructions showing how to perform the exact same procedure, but that was so confusing, complex, and hard to understand that I wondered, how on earth similar organizations managed to do <EM>anything</EM> using just paper instructions someone drafted years ago.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="Katarina_Arbanas_0-1622056306090.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/283978i4E96ABD68F7E40F0/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Katarina_Arbanas_0-1622056306090.png" alt="Katarina_Arbanas_0-1622056306090.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>On my commute back home, I started to reflect on the biggest challenges that the Manufacturing industry was facing. One that stood out was “<STRONG>aging workforce</STRONG>”, meaning that <STRONG>experts with decades of valuable hands-on experience and critical (sometimes even very niche) expertise were retiring, but unable to transfer this wealth of knowledge and expertise to their younger successors.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>What they usually did was hand over paper manuals and any documents they've scrapped together using their own materials and knowledge, but organizations often had no means to convert these to readily accessible digital records that new generations of employees can re-use and improve while standardizing company procedures and processes.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Attracting and onboarding new talent</STRONG>&nbsp;is another critical area, as there is a significant shortage of skilled frontline workers. The younger generations often tend to perceive manufacturing as not being as cutting-edge or progressive as other industries, which may have contributed to a shortage of interested applicants or talent in this industry.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Being familiar with talent-related market challenges and the critical role that technology plays in appealing to younger workers, I started to recognize the immense potential of mixed reality and the HoloLens device: Not only to digitally transform, but also to change the perception of the manufacturing industry, from being one of the oldest industries to becoming one of the most innovative.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, I’ve started to think about onboarding processes and am already incorporating Guides as part of my value conversations with customers, talking about onboarding, learning, talent attraction and retention.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Soon after, we started adding Dynamics 365 mixed reality business applications to our Operations applications and sales motions. I've asked to champion the EMEA region and&nbsp;work&nbsp;closely with regional and local teams to include the mixed reality value pitch&nbsp;to ERP conversations, especially for industries that would benefit immensely and achieve significant ROI from the solution, like Manufacturing but also Healthcare, Automotive and more.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I’m enjoying the mixed reality journey so far - I get to constantly invest in my skill set&nbsp;and experience many exciting new developments&nbsp;and success&nbsp;stories across the board. This is an exciting field that will change so many industries and&nbsp;work processes while at the same time&nbsp;truly empower our workforce!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Join me in this journey, starting with the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Introduction to Mixed Reality - Learn | Microsoft Docs</A>&nbsp;to discover great mixed reality learning paths and resources that will set you up for a great start! Anyone can get started with mixed reality and realize its value - I hope you will experience it for yourself!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality #CareerJourney</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="Katarina_Arbanas_1-1622056306155.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/283977i3C03539C277B3046/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Katarina_Arbanas_1-1622056306155.png" alt="Katarina_Arbanas_1-1622056306155.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Fri, 04 Jun 2021 23:23:53 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-my-journey-to-mixed-reality/ba-p/2388651 Katarina_Arbanas 2021-06-04T23:23:53Z [Event Recap] D635 Mixed Reality @ the Microsoft Business Applications Summit (MBAS) https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/event-recap-d635-mixed-reality-the-microsoft-business/ba-p/2376856 <P><SPAN><EM>We hope you were able to attend the Mixed Reality Business Apps sessions at the <A href="#" target="_self">Microsoft Business Applications Summit</A> (MBAS)!&nbsp;If you missed the session being played live, no worries! Read on for a recap of Mixed Reality Business Applications including Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Guides at MBAS. You can also access the full MBAS session catalog <A href="#" target="_self">here</A>.&nbsp;</EM></SPAN></P> <H3><SPAN><FONT size="4">Dynamics 365 Remote Assist</FONT></SPAN></H3> <P class="session-details-header-banner__title" data-cy="session-detail-title">&nbsp;</P> <P class="session-details-header-banner__title" data-cy="session-detail-title"><STRONG>Saving Lives with Mixed Reality BizApps: Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on HoloLens 2 in Healthcare and Life Sciences</STRONG></P> <P><SPAN>Mixed reality BizApps have truly transformed how organizations and industries across the board operate. This session covered how customers in the Healthcare and BioTech/Pharmaceutical sectors experienced the life-saving impact of mixed reality technologies like Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on HoloLens 2.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-left" image-alt="olucrisia_0-1621624764316.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/282726iAB21ACF45D6E77A3/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="olucrisia_0-1621624764316.png" alt="olucrisia_0-1621624764316.png" /></span></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Highlights of this session included:</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Jenn Roth,</STRONG> Director of Healthcare Industry Product Marketing at Microsoft moderated the conversation</LI> <LI>Panelists shared how using mixed reality in Healthcare and Life Sciences has helped empower their organizations:&nbsp; <UL> <LI><STRONG>Katie Glerum,</STRONG> a Global Health Program Manager, Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai Health System shared about her experience leveraging Remote Assist with their partner hospital in Eastern Uganda to help provide safe and affordable surgery.&nbsp;<SPAN>She explained how Mt Sinai Hospital's Department of Surgery is using Microsoft technologies such as Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on HoloLens and Microsoft Teams to conduct critical, life-saving surgery and enabling real-time collaboration and knowledge sharing between New York City and Uganda. Read the full story <A href="#" target="_self">here</A>.&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> <LI><STRONG>Ivan Lumala</STRONG>, Chief Technology Officer of Tellistic Technology Services based in East Africa supported Mt Sinai Hospital Department of Surgery in implementing Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on HoloLens 2 at the Kyabirwa Surgical Center in Eastern Uganda. Ivan shared another example of how mixed reality technologies help healthcare organizations scale their operations:&nbsp; Dynamics 365 Remote Assist enables surgical students to follow along remotely by watching live surgeries in real-time, projected on a large screen. Additionally, Ivan shares how Dynamics 365 Remote Assist helped enable remote collaboration between surgeons and clinicians that helped provide business continuity across their organization during the global pandemic.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Ian Curtinsmith,</STRONG> Chief Information Officer at Medlab Clinical, an ASX-listed biotech company that conducts r<SPAN>esearch and product development to help address ailments such as chronic kidney disease, obesity, depression, and pain management,&nbsp;</SPAN>presented the benefits of Dynamics 365 Remote Assist in BioTech, such as enabling doctors to collaborate remotely using 3D annotations in real-time with technicians in labs across several countries such as the US and Australia. He also shared about how it helped Medlab Clinical speed their products' time to market. Read the full story <A href="#" target="_self">here</A>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</LI> </UL> </LI> </UL> <DIV> <DIV> <H3><FONT size="4">Dynamics 365 Guides + Azure Object Anchors</FONT></H3> </DIV> <DIV> <P><STRONG><SPAN data-contrast="none">Dynamics 365 Guides</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN data-contrast="none">  was also highlighted in several sessions at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit 2021 where the latest new feature, Azure Object Anchors (AOA) was introduced. AOA provides  Guides users with more accurate holographic alignment and an improved anchoring process that empowers employees to walk up and work.</SPAN><SPAN data-contrast="none"> </SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN data-contrast="none"> </SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><STRONG><SPAN data-contrast="none">Highlights include:</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <UL> <LI data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><SPAN data-contrast="none">Leverage an existing 3D model of the object and assign to a guide with a simple drag and drop</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="Picture1.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/283170i4FD467DCDC8E849E/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Picture1.png" alt="Picture1.png" /></span></P> <UL> <LI data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="5" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><SPAN data-contrast="none"><STRONG>Azure Object Anchors integrated with Guides</STRONG> enables object detection and automatic holographic alignment. The HoloLens can detect objects in the real-world, seamlessly launching operators right into a guide.&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;134233279&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="Picture2.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/283171i8DAE8276F88F033E/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Picture2.png" alt="Picture2.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><SPAN data-contrast="none">In the featured session titled, “</SPAN><I><SPAN data-contrast="none">Closing the Skills Gap with Dynamics 365 Guides</SPAN></I><SPAN data-contrast="none">,” </SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN data-contrast="none">Kruger Paper North America</SPAN></A>&nbsp;<SPAN data-contrast="none"> shared how the 120-year-old manufacturing company used mixed reality to invest in employee learning and development to address its growing skills gap.</SPAN><STRONG><SPAN data-contrast="none">&nbsp;</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559685&quot;:1020,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="Picture3.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/283172i3DB9FE66AF61E2D4/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Picture3.png" alt="Picture3.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><SPAN data-contrast="none">In the “</SPAN><I><SPAN data-contrast="none">Ask the Expert: Closing the skills gap with Dynamics 365 Guides</SPAN></I><SPAN data-contrast="none">” session, attendees joined to continue the conversation and go in-depth on new Guides capabilities including spatial triggers, branching, and Azure Object Anchors.</SPAN><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559685&quot;:1020,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P><SPAN data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </DIV> <DIV> <P><SPAN>That's a wrap! We hope you enjoyed the MBAS experience as much as we did - see you next year!</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </DIV> <DIV> <P><STRONG>In case you missed it, watch the MR Business Applications: Remote Assist + Guides sessions here:</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_self"><SPAN>"Saving Lives with Mixed Reality BizApps: Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on HoloLens 2 in Healthcare and Life Sciences"&nbsp;</SPAN></A></LI> <LI><SPAN>"</SPAN><A tabindex="-1" title="https://mymbas.microsoft.com/sessions/0ef252a4-4a07-4972-8f1c-48526dfd3183?source=/home" href="#" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><U><SPAN>Closing the Skills Gap</SPAN></U></A><SPAN>” and “</SPAN><A tabindex="-1" title="https://mymbas.microsoft.com/sessions/036ef1ca-355d-45c5-b590-676f073361a9?source=sessions" href="#" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><U><SPAN>Ask the Expert</SPAN></U></A><SPAN>” sessions&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>Other relevant resources:</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><SPAN>Read our <A href="#" target="_self">Mt. Sinai customer evidence story</A>&nbsp;and <A href="#" target="_self">Medlab Clinic customer evidence story</A>&nbsp;to learn more</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>Read our </SPAN><A tabindex="-1" title="https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2021/05/05/improve-on-the-job-guidance-with-dynamics-365-guides-and-azure-object-anchors/" href="#" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><U><SPAN>AOA disclosure blog</SPAN></U></A><SPAN> to learn more</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P>#MBAS #MRBizApps</P> </DIV> </DIV> Mon, 24 May 2021 19:09:41 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/event-recap-d635-mixed-reality-the-microsoft-business/ba-p/2376856 olucrisia 2021-05-24T19:09:41Z [Guest Blog] How to take your company to the next level using Mixed Reality https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-how-to-take-your-company-to-the-next-level-using/ba-p/2357687 <P><EM>This guest blog was written by <A href="#" target="_self">Mario López</A>,<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN>Innovation Team Lead in Bravent and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) as part of the Humans of Mixed Reality series.</SPAN>&nbsp;He shares his passion about Mixed Reality and how the companies can integrate it.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="IMG_6160.JPG" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/280950i7152BFF749CC671A/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="IMG_6160.JPG" alt="IMG_6160.JPG" /></span></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Today's reality is shifting</STRONG> - now everything is connected to the <STRONG>internet </STRONG>with&nbsp;gadgets for pretty much everything. Our car gives us directions and the weather of our destination, our fridge lets us know when it's time to do groceries, and a slew of other different devices now help us with many things and help us stay productive. As far as we know, life is easier with the Internet.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This new reality has also made an impact on the way <EM>companies</EM> work and their productivity. For example,&nbsp;<STRONG>Artificial Intelligence</STRONG> and <STRONG>Machine Learning</STRONG> can be implemented in several processes to automate tasks like customer service or even machinery maintenance.</P> <P>Nevertheless, although we all know that digital transformation is a must for every kind of business, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a stark contrast in the before and after version of implementation of new technologies. <STRONG>Mixed Reality</STRONG>&nbsp;business applications like <STRONG>Dynamics 365 Remote Assist with</STRONG> <STRONG>HoloLens 2</STRONG> has helped a lot of businesses improve their productivity and cope with complex challenges that the pandemic brought on. For example, now companies can leverage remote expert support without having to fly anyone across borders, or even conduct remote audits and inspections!</P> <P><BR />I remember the first time that I tried on the first generation of HoloLens back in 2016. The experience was completely incredible - I was very impressed with how this device was able to interact with the real-world environment and how the user was able to see holograms. But this was only the beginning - in 2019, the <STRONG>HoloLens 2</STRONG> was released, and everything changed. I was excited to witness the evolution of mixed reality happen, and the dramatic impact it has on our lives.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="Picture1.jpg" style="width: 822px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/280948i0BAEC67ABA218DDF/image-dimensions/822x463?v=v2" width="822" height="463" role="button" title="Picture1.jpg" alt="Picture1.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><BR />This new version was completely improved with more comfortable interactions, wider field of vision (FOV), improved hand-tracking, etc. Most importantly, Microsoft decided to focus all of these improvements and features for the need of enterprises and key industries like manufacturing, airspace, military and more.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This new version and updated version is carefully tailored to be used in a business manufacturing environment. Microsoft offers us its new suite of <STRONG>Mixed Reality</STRONG>&nbsp;business applications within <STRONG>Dynamics 365:</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>Dynamics 365 <STRONG>Remote Assist</STRONG>: a Mixed Reality tool to gain assistance from remote experts from any part of the world, with instant, real-time collaboration and 3D holographic annotations right within one's physical work environment.</LI> <LI>Dynamics 365 <STRONG>Guides</STRONG>: a Mixed Reality tool to do guided, step-by-step training for employees with digital overlays.</LI> <LI>Dynamics 365 <STRONG>Product Visualize</STRONG>: a Mixed Reality tool for showcasing and customizing products.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>All of these applications are readily available from the Microsoft Store, and you just need to purchase the license to use it. In fact, for Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, you don't even need to purchase a head-mounted device; you can use it on iOS and Android mobile devices too! Also, its synchronization with Microsoft Teams makes it easier for users to adapt to.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Here in Spain, a few companies like <STRONG>Bravent</STRONG>&nbsp;where I work, have experimented with the use of <STRONG>Mixed Reality</STRONG> and <STRONG>HoloLens&nbsp;</STRONG>for our own clients. In the last year, due to the pandemic, we were able to implement it on a special company.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Gurutzpe</STRONG>&nbsp;is one of the biggest manufacturing companies in the north side of Spain. At the time of the pandemic, they were already an innovative business, however, <STRONG>Mixed Reality</STRONG> was not on their radar. The main part of their business was to provide full-time assistance to their end clients by dispatching engineers to the client facility and helping solve any issue. Due to the traveling restrictions, this became an important- and seemingly impossible- challenge to face.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When we show them all the potential of HoloLens and Mixed Reality, there were no hesitations. Bringing <STRONG>Dynamics 365&nbsp;Remote Assist on HoloLens 2</STRONG>&nbsp;and leveraging&nbsp;<STRONG>Mixed Reality</STRONG>&nbsp;enabled them to assist their clients from their office to a client that is in any place of the world.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The implementation of this helped them not only for their main business use case, but also on the cost optimization (significant reduction) of traveling and its associated expenses. Additionally, now they are able to seamlessly provide remote expert assistance any time and solve problems faster than before, enhancing their customers' experience.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="Picture2.jpg" style="width: 851px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/280949i2DB13E4C4B5D1028/image-dimensions/851x567?v=v2" width="851" height="567" role="button" title="Picture2.jpg" alt="Picture2.jpg" /></span></P> <P><BR />I am very proud to be part of this kind of projects and very excited about the future that awaits us.</P> <P><BR /><STRONG>If there's one message for you to take away, it's this: Mixed reality is no longer a thing of the future, it is the present. </STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This technology is more powerful than ever and the value that can brings to a company is immense.&nbsp;Certainly, they will continue to improve day by day and new applications will appear that provide even more value, so betting on this technology will be a guaranteed success for any business. I encourage you to experience this for yourself - you will be amazed!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality #CareerJourneys</P> Tue, 18 May 2021 00:03:37 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-how-to-take-your-company-to-the-next-level-using/ba-p/2357687 mariolobar 2021-05-18T00:03:37Z [Guest Blog] Touching Light: Making Music in Mixed Reality https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-touching-light-making-music-in-mixed-reality/ba-p/2327670 <P><EM>This blog is written by Ian Riley, an inspiring musician, as a part of the Humans of Mixed Reality series. He shares his experience in music and technology, which led him to developing music in mixed reality.&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="3"><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-left" image-alt="touching light cover.png" style="width: 0px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/278494iB321597941618A78/image-size/small?v=v2&amp;px=200" width="0" height="0" role="button" title="touching light cover.png" alt="touching light cover.png" /></span></EM></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="3"><EM>Touching Light </EM>is an original musical work for Percussionist and Mixed Reality Environment that explores the border areas between the physical world that we see around us, and the worlds of infinite possibility that each of us holds in our imagination.</FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <BLOCKQUOTE><FONT size="5">"A dream we dream together is called reality."</FONT><BR />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; - Alex Kipman at the Microsoft Ignite Keynote, 2021</BLOCKQUOTE> <P><STRONG>Mixed Reality, fundamentally, asks us to see the world differently</STRONG>, something that is so akin to the ways that as performers, we ask our audiences not just to hear, but to <EM>listen</EM>. By drawing the attention of those around us to something that we believe to be compelling, and even more when we can share something that we have had a hand in creating, we access a unique moment, a shared imaginative space and, in my experience, this is just the sort of thing that users of Mixed Reality are hoping to find.<BR /><BR /><STRONG>“My dad’s a computer programmer.”</STRONG> I usually lead with this as it seems to put folks at ease when they contact me, hoping that there is some 'secret' for how I, someone with a doctorate in music, not computer science, learned to work with Mixed Reality. Yet, while his influence has certainly been a continual inspiration to me, it was in fact my mother’s encouragement to pursue training in the arts that positioned me to begin developing <EM>Touching Light</EM>. Despite its deep connectedness to technology, <EM>Touching Light</EM> is first a foremost a <EM>musical</EM>&nbsp;MR application.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Music and Technology</H3> <P>It was in pursuit of my master’s degree that I first became deeply interested in music technology. I was fascinated by the sounds that electronic instruments could create, and that curiosity would eventually lead me to perform an all percussion and live electronics final recital during my first graduate degree. This sort of recital was a first for the small college that I was attending and, though I was unaware of this at time, something that is still uncommon in the world of contemporary percussion. Those experiences would eventually lead me to pursue a DMA in Percussion Performance at West Virginia University with a desire to continue to explore and innovate with percussion and live electronics.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When I first started my DMA, I was aware of the work that Microsoft was doing with the HoloLens 1 (introduced in 2016), but it wasn’t until my wife and I moved to Morgantown, West Virginia that I saw the first marketing for the Microsoft HoloLens 2 on February 24th, 2019. <STRONG>I was amazed.</STRONG> Watching it again today still makes me smile, but I guess that’s good marketing for you! As I continued my studies at WVU, I kept thinking about that video, about the HoloLens 2, and about Mixed Reality. What seemed like a pipe dream in February, making music in Mixed Reality, would become a real possibility in mind in November of that same year.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <BLOCKQUOTE><FONT size="4">Look toward the future – stop thinking about what is cutting edge right now and to start thinking about the cutting edge of the cutting edge; because that’s where we’re going to need people to do work.</FONT><BR />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; - Dr. Norman Weinberg, at PASIC 2019</BLOCKQUOTE> <P><STRONG>And I <EM>knew</EM> that the future was Mixed Reality.</STRONG></P> <P class="lia-align-center">&nbsp;</P> <CENTER><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="simplicity screenshot.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/278548iE8F969543B9CAAE9/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="simplicity screenshot.png" alt="simplicity screenshot.png" /></span> <P class="lia-align-left"><EM>&nbsp;Playing vibraphone while using a holographic audio mixer from Touching Light</EM></P> </CENTER> <P class="lia-align-center">&nbsp;</P> <H3>Preparing for HoloLens 2</H3> <P>Sometimes it is the mere fact that you know what you don’t know that can provide the clearest path forward. Soon after the reveal of the HoloLens 2 in early 2019, the first seeds of what would eventually become <EM>Touching Light</EM> began to take root. At the time, while I had done some minimal computer programming experience from high school (Java, and some HTML), since I began studying music in college, I had had little time or reason to engage with the ‘coding’ side of technology apart from some basic formatting for websites.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Knowing that the HoloLens 2 would likely run on something like C# or Visual Basic, I began thinking about other ways that I could engage with code-based music technology and would eventually teach myself how to build rudimentary circuits to trigger lighting and audio effects. Concurrent to this work, I also more fully invested myself into learning about audio recording and engineering, recording and editing my own performance videos from recitals and other concerts. Yet for all this experience, I still didn’t know how to program the HoloLens 2.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Learning Mixed Reality</H3> <P>When the first news of the global coronavirus pandemic entered the public awareness in the United States, it was met by a mixture of genuine concern, reasonable skepticism, and in some cases, outright dismissal. Living in West Virginia, the scope of the pandemic didn’t really hit home until the University received email correspondence from university president outlining the realities of campus closures, and the transition to online delivery for the remainder of the semester as the university endeavored to minimize the risk to the WVU community in the face of uncertain times. In the face of what seemed at the time to be indefinite lockdown, I found myself able to do what anyone would do with a sudden abundance of free time… <STRONG>learn how to code for Mixed Reality</STRONG>!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Over the course of the next several months, particularly during the summer of 2020, through a series of free tutorials, I learned the basics of 3-D modeling using a program called Blender, a modeling engine that is similar in many ways to the sort of interface I would eventually work with in Unity. Upon ordering a HoloLens 2 from Microsoft in early July, I quickly transitioned to Unity while familiarizing myself with the sorts of gestures and interactions that drive the HoloLens 2 holographic interface.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>With all the components finally in hand, then began the work of writing, rehearsing, and performing <EM>Touching Light</EM>. Core to the performative practice of music, and particularly to that of the percussionist the same sorts of interactions that I already employed as a performer would serve as the conceptual framework from which the three ‘dimensions of translucence’ would be derived. These dimensions (modeled after the three coordinate dimensions in physical space) would serve to ground my creative work in the sorts of real decisions that I already knew how to make because of my work with percussion.</P> <P class="lia-align-center">&nbsp;</P> <CENTER><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="soliloquy screenshot.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/278550i7BC9552AD85C857D/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="soliloquy screenshot.png" alt="soliloquy screenshot.png" /></span> <P><EM>Improvising on a marimba in response to a rotating carousel of landscapes&nbsp;</EM></P> </CENTER> <P class="lia-align-center">&nbsp;</P> <H3>Developing Music in Mixed Reality</H3> <P>I knew that I wanted Touching Light to be mobile. The promise of the HoloLens 2, and Mixed Reality in general, is that there are ‘no strings attached;’ if you wear this device, that is all you need to enter a Mixed Reality environment. I intentionally connected that idea of mobility to the sorts of interactions and environments that the user engages throughout the work. Even Soliloquy, the second movement of <EM>Touching Light</EM> which features a large carousel of static images, does not extend far beyond the anticipated ‘near-field’ (that which is within reach) that a percussionist will be used to engaging with. Everything in <EM>Touching Light</EM>, whether virtual or physical follows the design ethos of '<STRONG>always being within reach</STRONG>.’</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The unique opportunity to engage music-making and Mixed Reality is not something that I take lightly; what began as a pipe dream just over a year ago has had a significant impact on the ways that I engage with both music and technology.&nbsp;I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Mixed Reality is a profoundly creative medium, and as such, engages easily with the process of music-making. From the deeply satisfying manipulation of a standing wave through the miniscule gestures of a rotating hand, to the shocking immersion of a massive holographic carousel slowly rotating around you while you perform, there is something much more connective about the spatial interactions presented by MR than the limitations of peripherals like a mouse and keyboard to control those same musical and visual elements.</P> <P class="lia-align-center">&nbsp;</P> <CENTER><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="synecdoche screenshot.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/278549iAAAA6E6EC333D61E/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="synecdoche screenshot.png" alt="synecdoche screenshot.png" /></span> <P class="lia-align-left"><EM>Exploring tuned Thai gongs while manipulating spatialized virtual instruments&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </CENTER><CENTER></CENTER> <H2>Making Music in Mixed Reality (How to Get Started, and Why You Should)</H2> <P>Already, so much of what we do as musicians is, within the context of society at large, a niche endeavor; for the percussionist, these degrees of separation can seem even more severe. But in the same ways that we as artists commit ourselves to the craft of music, and the practice of music-making, engaging with MR has only served to deepen those sorts of commitments for me.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H4>For Musicians or (“Performers”)</H4> <P>For those individuals who are interested in the musical side of Mixed Reality, the first step to get your hands on a platform. <EM>Touching Light</EM> is obviously designed with the Microsoft HoloLens 2 in mind, but similar functionality is available through any number of other VR headsets. Once you have a platform, you will need to decide what you will perform. If you are working with the Microsoft HoloLens 2, a great place to start is with <EM>Touching Light</EM>! You can download the complete Unity file package <A href="#" target="_self">here</A>. Follow the instructions from the <A href="#" target="_self">Microsoft Mixed Reality Documentation</A>,&nbsp;beginning at “1. Build the Unity Project.” Once you have deployed the application to your HoloLens 2, load up the application, and explore!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>One of the most profound discoveries that I have made while working with this technology is just how <EM>musical</EM> it can be. There is something about engaging with technology within the Mixed Reality volume, about ‘spatial computing,’ that seems <STRONG>intuitive</STRONG> and <STRONG>artistic</STRONG>. This simple fact has even more deeply convinced me that music-making in Mixed Reality is not just an interesting possibility, but a deeply meaningful inevitability.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H4>For Programmers (or “Composers”)</H4> <P>For those individuals who may be more interested in the nuts-and-bolts of developing musical applications for Mixed Reality, the first step is to familiarize yourself with a compiler. If you are interested in programming for the Microsoft HoloLens 2, the de facto solution at present is the Unity Development Engine, though support for other compilers is becoming increasingly available. You can download the Unity Hub for free <A href="#" target="_self">from their website</A>, and then following the instructions in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Mixed Reality Documentation</A>,&nbsp;beginning at “1. Introduction to the MRTK tutorials,” you can begin to develop your first Mixed Reality application.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I would strongly advise that, once you get a handle on the basic functionality of the compiler and complete some of the beginning MRTK tutorials, take some time to consider what sorts of functionality you would like your application to demonstrate, the connect with the Microsoft MR community (via <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=holodevelopers.slack.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Slack</A>&nbsp;or the <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality/ct-p/MicrosoftMixedReality" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft MR Tech Community forums</A>) and connect with other who may be able to answer your questions, and even help you with your project design.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Throughout the development process of <EM>Touching Light</EM>, I was surprised at not only how easy it was to onboard myself to Mixed Reality development by using the MRTK, but also by how friendly and helpful the then-current MR development community was. Whenever I had a question, or was struggling with some element of implementation, I would quickly be directed to the relevant documentation, YouTube video, or other resource that very often addressed the exact issue I was having without ever need to post snippets of code or consult more directly with someone on the project. As a bonus, I was also able to connect with a handful of individual who had a particular interest in developing creative applications for the HoloLens 2.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Touching Light</H2> <P class="lia-align-left">I had the distinct opportunity to present&nbsp;<EM>Touching Light</EM> in a public recital on Saturday, May 1st, 2021.&nbsp;<BR /><BR /></P> <CENTER><IFRAME src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4UeQApWRWlM" width="720" height="405" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" title="YouTube video player" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></IFRAME></CENTER> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H3><STRONG>Only the beginning</STRONG></H3> <P><STRONG><EM>Touching Light</EM>&nbsp;is only the beginning.&nbsp;</STRONG>It is my sincere hope that this project will serve to orient, assist, and inspire musicians, artists, and audiences alike as we continue to navigate an increasingly digital and virtual existence. Perhaps more than any other time in history, only compounded by the incredible circumstances surrounding global health and the subsequent impact that a response to such scenarios require, we have been forced to think differently about technology, and for those of us who found ourselves suddenly unable to engage in live musical performances, neither as artists nor audiences, it is my conviction that mediums like Mixed Reality will only become more essential to exploring ‘liveness’ within the context of digital and virtual spaces.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The work was designed during the global coronavirus pandemic of 2020-21 and it is my hope that <EM>Touching Light</EM> reminds each of us that, despite everything, we are never truly alone; there is a world beyond this one if we are only willing to reach out and touch it.</P> <P class="lia-align-center">&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="faculty photo 2.jpg" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/278553i5C541F2ACEEBF88E/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="faculty photo 2.jpg" alt="faculty photo 2.jpg" /></span></P> <P class="lia-align-left"><EM><FONT size="2">A photo with members of the WVU Percussion Faculty after the recital</FONT><BR /><FONT size="1 2 3 4 5 6 7">[from left: Pf. Mark Reilly, Dr. Mike Vercelli, Ian Riley, and Pf. George Willis]</FONT></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Resources for Making Music in Mixed Reality</H2> <P><A href="#" target="_self">Microsoft HoloLens 2</A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_self">Unity Hub</A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_self">Microsoft MRTK &amp; MR Tutorials</A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_self">HoloDevelopers Slack Channel</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality/ct-p/MicrosoftMixedReality" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft MR Tech Community Forums</A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_self">Touching Light Source Code</A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_self">ianrileypercussion.com&nbsp;</A></P> <P>Riley, Ian T. "Touching Light: A Framework for the Facilitation of Music-Making in Mixed Reality."<EM> <BR />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;West Virginia University</EM>, West Virginia University Press, 2021.</P> <P><LI-WRAPPER></LI-WRAPPER></P> Fri, 07 May 2021 17:07:24 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-touching-light-making-music-in-mixed-reality/ba-p/2327670 en_riley 2021-05-07T17:07:24Z [Guest Blog] Once an innovator, always an innovator https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-once-an-innovator-always-an-innovator/ba-p/2278630 <P><EM>This guest blog was written by <A href="#" target="_self">Ivana Tilca</A>, an&nbsp;<SPAN>Innovation Evangelist &amp; Quality Manager at 3XM Group and Microsoft AI MVP&nbsp;</SPAN>from LATAM.&nbsp;She shares about her career journey, from aspiring to become a computer scientist, her experience at Microsoft, and how Mixed Reality changed her life.&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This story is not just about a passion for technology, but also a story of<EM> grit and&nbsp;motivation</EM>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Who am I? My Career Journey</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>My name is Ivana Tilca, from Latin America. I was born in Salta, Argentina, a city of five hundred thousand inhabitants located in the north of Argentina. As a child, I always felt an attraction for technology, which was not common in my city. At 16, it was clear that the career I wanted to pursue was computer science. In high school, my teachers used to ask me, "What career would you like to pursue when you grow up?". My answer was always… "<STRONG>I want to study computer science and would like to work or be close to Microsoft.</STRONG>" Imagine the face of my teachers when a female student answered that. Well, why was that my answer? When I was 16 years old, my older brother showed me the movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley," which tells the story of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, and how they changed the world with technology despite all the rejection and problems they faced. I was deeply inspired by that story and how they overcome obstacles to solve problems and become successful.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>I wanted to impact people's lives, and I knew I could do it through technology.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>My older brother, who was studying computer engineering at the time, suggested that I learn how to program and write code. In university, I started doing research about innovation, leading me to become a Microsoft student partner which gave me the wonderful opportunity to travel to events held in other universities and mentor students. I also competed at the Imagine Cup 2008 in Paris, France.</P> <P><BR />In 2011, to my excitement and delight, Microsoft Corp came to Brazil to recruit talent. One day, an email arrived inviting me to meet them in Rio de Janeiro and of course I accepted. In 2012, I fulfilled my great dream - I was able to finally experience working in Redmond at the Microsoft headquarters on the Office Web Apps team, and eventually ended up working for Microsoft back in Argentina as Technical Evangelist as well.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="320323_10151248207200898_1942383122_n.jpg" style="width: 848px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/273971iEEC4A2A378D31E9D/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="320323_10151248207200898_1942383122_n.jpg" alt="320323_10151248207200898_1942383122_n.jpg" /></span></STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>When I became a Manager</STRONG></P> <P><!-- wp:paragraph --></P> <P><!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --></P> <P>Finally, due to personal life situations, I made the difficult decision to leave Microsoft and started working as a developer in a company in the city of Còrdoba, Argentina. Then, I started to lead the quality area of 3XM Group and I put aside programming to focus on management. <STRONG>My&nbsp;passion for technology evolved into a passion for working with an amazing group of people.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="126934618_10161683086975898_3985602508781586771_n.jpg" style="width: 960px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/273972iDD3AB4BECE0708CB/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="126934618_10161683086975898_3985602508781586771_n.jpg" alt="126934618_10161683086975898_3985602508781586771_n.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I thought that the chapter on innovation had already finished in my life, but it turns out I was wrong.</P> <P><!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>During all that time I was in contact with who was always my role model, someone I like to call my "mentor", Guadalupe Casuso Innovation Leader - Principal PM Autonomous Systems at Microsoft. At the beginning of 2019, she told me about a device that would completely transform my life.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --></P> <P><STRONG>How Mixed Reality changed my life</STRONG></P> <P><!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --></P> <P>In January 2019, Guadalupe Casuso told me about <STRONG>Azure Kinect</STRONG>. She was testing the device with body tracking and depth. I also learnt a bit more about Microsoft's vision for AI. At the time of having that conversation, Julia White had just presented at Microsoft Inspire 2019, where the creation of her hologram with real-time translation into another language was being spotlighted for the first time. I was hooked, listening carefully to digest all the details about<EM> how</EM> they managed to put together her hologram, using Azure Kinect, HoloLens 2, and Azure's cognitive services.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --></P> <P>I was so excited, and right there and then made it my personal goal to learn about this technology that was shown. I began to learn everything I could about this technology that was just emerging in Latin America. I remember that at that time, many people around me did not have much faith or believed that the world of holograms and AI existed. They saw it as something very distant or almost impossible to experience, especially due to the low availability of devices locally. I sought to become as skilled as I could in AI.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --></P> <P><STRONG>In February 2020, I received the Microsoft MVP award for Artificial Intelligence.</STRONG> I remember around the same time, I found Jesse McCulloch, Microsoft Program Manager of the Mixed Reality team on Twitter. He became a great resource for me from that moment on by introducing me the Mixed Reality Toolkit (MRTK). In 2020, the global pandemic and massive shift to working from home created the perfect excuse for me to finally devote more time to investigations and tests. This gave me the opportunity to participate in events worldwide, including the digital edition of Microsoft Ignite 2020. This visibility helped position me in the field of innovation, leading professionals and leaders from all over the world to contact me to help guide them in projects or research.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --></P> <P>Companies worldwide also began to contact me to hire 3XM Group services to develop XR applications, which continues to surprise me. The field of application of XR is very broad - it includes health, safety, training, and there is more much to tapped on too. It really motivates me to keep working on this technology when a lot that companies begin to notice the potential of mixed reality and seek to apply it to positively impact and transform their business.</P> <P><!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Finally this year, in 2021, I was given the opportunity to be interviewed live at Microsoft Ignite, and I was also named as Innovation Evangelist in 3XM Group. I fully credit all this to the fact that I regained my passion for innovation and for mixed reality technologies, where there is truly no limit for the imagination.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Untitled-1.jpg" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/273973iC1113B29ED302954/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Untitled-1.jpg" alt="Untitled-1.jpg" /></span></P> <P><!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>The future of Mixed Reality.</STRONG></P> <P><!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --></P> <P>Extended reality is already here. I welcome you to connect with me on Twitter and share your experiences as well!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality #CareerJourneys</P> Mon, 26 Apr 2021 21:35:14 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-once-an-innovator-always-an-innovator/ba-p/2278630 ivanatilca 2021-04-26T21:35:14Z [Guest Blog] Leveraging Dynamics 365 and HoloLens 2 to Assist Surgeons in Rural Uganda https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-leveraging-dynamics-365-and-hololens-2-to-assist/ba-p/2233109 <P><EM>This guest blog was written by Katie Glerum, Global Health Program Manager at Mt Sinai Health Systems. At the recent Microsoft Ignite, Katie shared the inspiring story of how Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) is using Microsoft technology to bridge the 7,000+ mile gap between MSHS in New York and their partners at the Kyabirwa Surgical Centre (KSC), an ambulatory surgical facility in rural, eastern Uganda. Her session with Payge Winfield received overwhelming interest and tons of questions from attendees eager to learn more about how Mt Sinai Hospital uses mixed reality to bridge the gap in providing critical care to patients in remote villages in Uganda, hence she is thrilled to follow up on those questions in this post. You can also watch her Microsoft Ignite session recording <A href="#" target="_self">here</A>.&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Thanks everyone for showing up to our session at Microsoft Ignite and asking excellent questions about how we at Mt Sinai Health System (MSHS) are using Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on HoloLens 2 in our facilities across New York and at the Kyabirwa Surgical Centre. For those who have not had a chance to read the full written story about our use case, please be sure to check out this link here:&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank">Microsoft Customer Story-From 7,000 miles apart, Mount Sinai and Ugandan surgeons work together in real time, bringing life-saving expertise to rural communities</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I wanted to share some of the photos that I had previously shown during the session, just for context:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="katieglerum_1-1616597549265.png" style="width: 468px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/266687iEB1289789479BF32/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="katieglerum_1-1616597549265.png" alt="katieglerum_1-1616597549265.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="katieglerum_0-1616597493180.png" style="width: 468px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/266686iC2A347A0B6A2B44F/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="katieglerum_0-1616597493180.png" alt="katieglerum_0-1616597493180.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Some additional background for those who may have not seen the presentation (<EM>recording <A href="#" target="_self">here</A>)</EM>: <STRONG>Uganda is included among the poorest 35% of the world’s population, which undergoes only 3.5% of all surgical procedures performed annually.</STRONG> This is due to a variety of factors including the fact that <STRONG>for every 500,000 Ugandans there are only three surgeons and one operating room. &nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To help address this gap in care, MSHS built a self-sustainable facility in rural Uganda in partnership with the local community. We then leveraged Microsoft technologies to create clinical partnerships between the Ugandan surgeons and surgeons at MSHS, so that all may learn from each other. The comprehensive suite of Microsoft technologies powering these clinical partnerships include:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Microsoft HoloLens 2 with Dynamics 365 Remote Assist</STRONG>, which allows for remote surgeons at MSHS to assist with surgery happening in Uganda, allowing surgeons in Uganda to work hands-free, with real time support from their colleagues at MSHS who can simultaneously view the live surgery via Microsoft Teams</LI> <LI><STRONG>Microsoft Teams also serves an additional two purposes:</STRONG> (1) to connect a pathology microscope in Uganda with a MSHS pathologist in NYC, allowing them to perform specimen readings remotely; and (2) to facilitate remote training/assistance during endoscopic procedures</LI> <LI><STRONG>Microsoft Azure</STRONG> allows us to store patient data securely on the cloud, making it easily accessible by both Ugandan and MSHS clinicians</LI> <LI><STRONG>Microsoft Power BI</STRONG> provides analysis of patient data stored on the cloud, also making this easily accessible by both Ugandan and MSHS clinicians</LI> <LI><STRONG>17</STRONG>&nbsp;<STRONG>Microsoft Surface Hubs</STRONG> that facilitate intercontinental collaboration and communication (15 in NYC, USA and 2 in Kyabirwa, Uganda)</LI> <LI><STRONG>Office 365</STRONG> is used for all our communication and collaboration needs</LI> <LI><STRONG>Dynamics 365</STRONG> <STRONG>Business Central</STRONG> powers all our ERP needs</LI> </UL> <P>Now to the unanswered questions that I couldn't get to during the session because we ran out of time (and all of you had SO many awesome questions!) - These all tended to fall within the bulleted categories below. Several questions from folks overlapped, so I picked the most common question themes and hope that I have addressed all of the questions you might have:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="katieglerum_2-1616597633621.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/266688iC332DACDDD4E111C/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="katieglerum_2-1616597633621.png" alt="katieglerum_2-1616597633621.png" /></span></P> <P><STRONG>Training and Implementation: </STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><STRONG><EM>What training is required to get your users up to speed?</EM></STRONG> <UL> <LI>The technology may be complicated, but the actual usage training is actually quite simple. All surgeons receive an initial two-hour training with the HoloLens 2 headset. This includes the MSHS surgeons, so they can better understand the experience of the Ugandan surgeons, who will be wearing the headset during surgery. Then the MSHS surgeons are trained to use Remote Assist to join sessions and use mixed reality 3D annotations as well.</LI> </UL> </LI> </UL> <UL> <LI><STRONG><EM>How are the surgeons using the Kyabirwa tenant with their own teams and Remote Assist licenses?</EM></STRONG> <UL> <LI>As the question references, this is all done on the KSC tenant, where the operating surgeon is located. The Dynamics 365 Remote Assist licenses are also part of the KSC tenant. This means that the meeting must be set up by someone on that tenant, which is simple because I, as the Global Health Program Manager for the Department of Surgery at MSHS, have an account on the KSC tenant as well. Once they're let into the meeting as Guest users on the KSC tenant, the MSHS surgeons can annotate in 3D using Remote Assist.</LI> </UL> </LI> </UL> <UL> <LI><STRONG><EM>Are there any issues regarding the sterility of the device?</EM></STRONG> <UL> <LI>The device is viewed similarly to vision corrective glasses that a surgeon may be wearing. It does not require additional effort to maintain sterility. Of course, if an adjustment is required (if it is slipping or something), a surgical assistant in the operating theater will assist, so the surgeon maintains sterility.</LI> </UL> </LI> </UL> <P><EM>&nbsp;</EM></P> <P><STRONG>User Experience:</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><STRONG><EM>What frustrations have surgeons experienced using the HoloLens?</EM></STRONG> <UL> <LI>I passed this question on to Dr. Joseph Okello Damoi, the lead surgeon at Kyabirwa Surgical Centre and he had three main points of feedback on this which I am sharing in full transparency for your own consideration/evaluation: <UL> <LI><STRONG>Head Position:</STRONG> The operating surgeon must hold their head at a different angle than they would otherwise</LI> <LI><STRONG>Battery Life:</STRONG> The battery life doesn’t always last the entirety of a procedure and charging while in use has at times caused the device to overheat and turn off in the middle of a procedure</LI> <LI><STRONG>Accuracy of Drawings:</STRONG> The holographic drawings do a good job of illustrating a point, but precision can be improved</LI> </UL> </LI> </UL> </LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG><EM>Has anyone viewing the HoloLens perspective experienced motion sickness and gotten nauseated or dizzy?</EM></STRONG></LI> </UL> <P>This has not been an issue, and, honestly, I get car sick quite often, so am a good test for this! :)</img></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Technical Concerns:</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><STRONG><EM>How is technical support provided to users in rural locations?</EM></STRONG> <UL> <LI>We work with both <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SphereGen</A>, a mixed reality company, and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tellistic</A>, an East African Microsoft partner. With their powers combined, we have not had any issues receiving technical support. Software issues can be addressed remotely by SphereGen, while Tellistic ensures the device is properly configured, connected, and powered on the Ugandan side. At the moment, we ensure that there is representation from both SphereGen and Tellistic on all Remote Assist calls during surgery, in the event of technical difficulties.</LI> </UL> </LI> </UL> <UL> <LI><STRONG><EM>Are bandwidth limitations in rural areas a big challenge?</EM></STRONG> <UL> <LI>The answer is a definite yes! However, having anticipated these challenges, we dug and laid fiber optic cable from the closest city (Jinja, Uganda) underground, a total of seven miles to the facility. This has ensured stable internet connection with a consistent bandwidth of 40Mbps, of which 30Mbps is dedicated and reserved for theater operations including Remote Assist and Teams. Without this set up, the story would be very different.</LI> </UL> </LI> </UL> <UL> <LI><STRONG><EM>What do you do to mitigate potential connectivity loss during a procedure?</EM></STRONG> <UL> <LI>In addition to both the dedicated 30Mbps and ensuring that tech support is engaged and available throughout the entire procedure, we have handheld cameras available as backup should the HoloLens disconnect or fail to connect. In a recent procedure, we had to pivot to these cameras when the HoloLens overheated and forced itself to turn off. It doesn't happen often, but it's always good to have backup especially in a surgery!</LI> <LI>Currently our internet fiber has no backup, so we are susceptible to a blackout should the cable get cut. However, we are in the process of setting up a wireless link (via microwave transmission) to give us the necessary backup.</LI> </UL> </LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you have any additional questions, or would like to learn more about this project, or how to support our efforts, feel free to follow or message me on Twitter:&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">katie glerum (@katieglerum) / Twitter</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>It is such an honor to be able to share this story. Thank you to Microsoft for the amazing platform, and thank you to my colleagues at Kyabirwa Surgical Centre for allowing me the privilege of assisting in, and sharing their story.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="katieglerum_3-1616597705330.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/266689i131547F7E395FEC4/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="katieglerum_3-1616597705330.png" alt="katieglerum_3-1616597705330.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality #HealthcareTech</P> Fri, 26 Mar 2021 18:53:39 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-leveraging-dynamics-365-and-hololens-2-to-assist/ba-p/2233109 katieglerum 2021-03-26T18:53:39Z [Guest Blog] How Mixed Reality transformed my life – and how it might transform yours! https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-how-mixed-reality-transformed-my-life-and-how-it/ba-p/2169719 <P><EM>This article was written by&nbsp;</EM><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;"><EM>Hololens/Mixed Reality/Windows App Development and Maps fanatic</EM>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><EM><SPAN><A href="#" target="_self">Joost van Schaik</A>&nbsp;</SPAN>as part of our Humans of Mixed Reality Guest Blogger Series. Joost, a Senior Mixed Reality Software Architect at Velicus is based in the Netherlands and shares about his Mixed Reality journey.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Joost.jfif" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/262561i5336C28C1FE378CE/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Joost.jfif" alt="Joost.jfif" /></span></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>This is a story in two parts. The first part is the story of a developer mesmerized by new tech.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Some people might call me a veteran developer. I have been writing software since the mid 80’s, been professionally employed as a developer since 1992, and honestly thought I had seen it all. Writing scripts, developing in CAD and Geographical information systems, frontend development, backend development, services, making Windows apps, Web apps, Cloud development, even mobile apps… I felt like if you name it, at one point in my life I had probably seen or even done it.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Boy, was I in for a <EM>surprise</EM>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Until November 4, 2015. I found myself at the Microsoft Redmond campus as a MVP. And I had just - for the first time in my life - had a half hour of <EM>quality</EM> time with a new device that was not even out yet – the Microsoft HoloLens. I decided, on the spot, right there and then to become a HoloLens developer.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Turns out, it was a lot trickier&nbsp;than I thought. And the issues were not technical-related.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Somehow, I managed to convince my erstwhile employer to buy a HoloLens device. In fact, they got <EM>two</EM>, and they arrived very early in the release cycle early June 2016. In preparation I already trained myself in HoloLens development. After a few days I had my first self-made simple app, three months later I had my first HoloLens app in the store – it shows air traffic around Amsterdam Schiphol airport in 3D around you. It even made it to Windows weekly. I spent a lot of time demo-ing HoloLens. We even did a few commercial projects, and my future in Mixed Reality seemed secure.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Or so I thought. It ended abruptly on a bleak February morning in 2018, when I was told by our management that although the HoloLens PR opportunities were great, the monetary value of those opportunities did not seem not as good, and that our company's mixed reality activities would have to end. I decided to keep following my star, left the company and teamed up with my fellow MVP and friend Alexander Meijers, <SPAN><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-blog/guest-blog-my-mixed-reality-journey-how-i-became-an-enterprise/ba-p/2078595" target="_blank" rel="noopener">who described his journey a short time ago</A></SPAN>. I won’t repeat what he said, but we did a great few projects together, most notably the deck marking and the scaffolding project he described. But alas, then COVID-19 happened – and once again Mixed Reality came to a screeching halt – just before the long-awaited HoloLens 2 devices arrived.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Once again, I had to make a tough decision, now in the face of a looming global crisis. And once again I decided to follow my star, left my job again and joined a startup dedicated to health &amp; safety training – most notably CPR training without a trainer. When the idea for this startup was coined well over a year ago, no one would have dreamed that being able to train without a teacher would become so important in the near future.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>The second part of this story is of a human being getting nothing less than an <U>epiphany</U>.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>See, when I first got a HoloLens on my head in 2015, I kind of knew what to expect – but I was not prepared for the <EM>all-encompassing</EM> experience. I felt like I was struck by lightning. I could see the future. I could see it right before my own eyes, both figuratively and in the most literal sense of the word. I could see how this could change the future. I could see that it could be <EM>my</EM> future. And it was, although, like I said, that journey was not that easy.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After all these years, I never could get enough of putting a HoloLens on people’s heads for the very first time and watching their facial reactions. First, there is a short moment of puzzlement, as they try to absorb what is happening and literally cannot believe their eyes. Then follows an expression of marvel, and usually a big smile. Then they discover that you cannot only see, but also interact by looking and touching objects after a few seconds of tentatively trying people get really <EM>drawn into</EM> the device and the environment. I love it. <STRONG>Every time</STRONG>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>And then the ‘creative flow’ starts. People come to terms the fact with that this no longer magic but a new reality – that HoloLens exists, that in essence it is nothing more than a computer with a fancy (okay, <EM>extremely fancy) </EM>display and some extraordinary sensory capabilities, that can be programmed to do their bidding. <STRONG>They start to see how it can fulfill their business needs. How it can make things that were hard easier, things that were impossible achievable.</STRONG> Once you accept that the device shows things that seem to be really there and that you can interact with those things just like if they were actual physical objects, these ‘magic glasses’ actually are absurdly easy to <EM>use</EM>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I think it’s awesome to see that with the advent of HoloLens 2, the time of PR stunts, demo projects and consultancy companies trying to make a buck surfing on the hype of a new device is over. Now, we see companies developing <EM>products</EM> or <EM>services</EM> simply <EM>utilizing</EM> HoloLens 2 and its capabilities. <STRONG>Microsoft itself is doing an excellent job with Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Guides, which encompass two very frequently-cited business cases into standard out-of-the-box solutions that companies everywhere can easily implement.</STRONG> This delivers instant added value to a 4-digit figure device - all without even needing&nbsp;to <EM>first&nbsp;</EM>employ a bucket-load of technical folks like me in order to get some value out of it.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>And no, don’t fear to become a superfluous developer soon – you see, these out of the box apps will give rise to demand for custom applications or services. I see standard products as a net plus: it lowers the barrier to entry, and once you are in… you are in. There is room for citizen developers to truly flourish and also harness the power of mixed reality.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>The future of Mixed Reality is bright my friends, for both users and developers.</STRONG> It will have a great impact on the work floor. It has already started doing so. Mark my words.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality #CareerJourneys</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Sat, 13 Mar 2021 01:13:43 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-how-mixed-reality-transformed-my-life-and-how-it/ba-p/2169719 LocalJoost 2021-03-13T01:13:43Z [Event Recap] Mixed Reality @ Microsoft Ignite Spring 2021 https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/event-recap-mixed-reality-microsoft-ignite-spring-2021/ba-p/2193883 <P><EM>Microsoft Ignite Spring 2021 is a wrap! Were you able to participate and tune in live this year? We hope you had a great experience! If you missed the sessions being played live, fret not as we've got you covered with this recap. Read on to all get caught up.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>Technologists around the world once again virtually converged for a 48-hour event jam-packed with topics such as driving innovation with cloud, evolving into a new reality with mixed reality, adapting to hybrid work world, and more. The conference kicked off&nbsp;</SPAN>on a high note with Satya's keynote, which spotlighted organizations such as <A href="#" target="_self">Mt Sinai Hospital</A> and <A href="#" target="_self">Kruger</A> using Dynamics 365 Mixed Reality business application solutions like <A href="#" target="_self">Remote Assist</A> and <A href="#" target="_self">Guides</A> respectively. Mixed Reality was also prominently featured front and center in Alex Kipman's keynote on <A href="#" target="_self">Microsoft Mesh</A> that included impressive visuals that garnered strong enthusiasm from technologists and the press alike, gaining coverage on media including <A href="#" target="_self">Forbes</A>, <A href="#" target="_self">The Verge</A>, <A href="#" target="_self">ZDNet</A> and more.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Additionally, we hosted a slew of interactive&nbsp;<STRONG>D365 Mixed Reality&nbsp;Connection Zone</STRONG>&nbsp;live sessions which included topics like switching to a mixed reality career, exploring real-life applications in healthcare, and how mixed reality truly augments and enhances the way we work.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Microsoft Ignite: Day 1 (Tuesday, March 2)</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alex Kipman revealed</A><SPAN>&nbsp;how Microsoft is bringing mixed reality to collaboration through a first-of-its-kind immersive keynote experience, delivered through a new platform, <A href="#" target="_self">Microsoft Mesh</A>. Through an integration of Microsoft Mesh with other enterprise solutions such as Microsoft Teams and Dynamics 365, we can all envision a future that includes building a wide variety of new and exciting 3D experiences on Mesh.</SPAN></P> <DIV id="tinyMceEditorolucrisia_3" class="mceNonEditable lia-copypaste-placeholder">&nbsp;</DIV> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="MR twitter.PNG" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/261335iB0CC92B0D8F10D0D/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="MR twitter.PNG" alt="MR twitter.PNG" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P data-unlink="true"><SPAN>Mixed Reality Connection Zone sessions proved to be highly popular as well, with thousands of attendees participating in real-time across both days. On Day 1, we kicked off with the <A href="#" target="_self">S</A></SPAN><FONT size="3"><A href="#" target="_self">o you want to switch to a career in Mixed Reality</A>&nbsp;moderated by Mixed Reality BizApps Program Manager Amara Anigbo, who facilitated a meaningful dialog between four successful women in a variety of interesting MR-related roles across Microsoft. They shared tips and tricks on how to get started in switching to a career in mixed reality, in addition to sharing their own unique, personal journey into the MR world.</FONT></P> <P data-unlink="true">&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="olucrisia_0-1615242389908.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/261821iE5584F86F33836FE/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="olucrisia_0-1615242389908.png" alt="olucrisia_0-1615242389908.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P data-unlink="true"><STRONG><FONT size="3">Speaker stories included:</FONT></STRONG></P> <UL> <LI data-unlink="true"><SPAN><A href="#" target="_self">Amara Anigbo</A>, a Mixed Reality Program Manager at Microsoft and a recent graduate of Dickinson College where she received her B.S. in Computer Science. Amara believes in empowering those around her to achieve more and aspire for greatness. Read her story <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-unlocking-new-possibilities-in-the-mixed-reality/ba-p/2169770" target="_self">here</A>.&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> <LI data-unlink="true"><SPAN><A href="#" target="_self">Catherine Diaz</A>,&nbsp;a software engineer that worked on the Mixed Reality Toolkit (MRTK) for Unity. She has contributed to various items in the MRTK such as Leap Motion support, Tap to Place and other mixed reality input related components.&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> <LI data-unlink="true"><SPAN><A href="#" target="_self">Archana Iyer</A>, a Product Manager in the Mixed Reality team. Archana’s day job involves helping build the Mixed Reality Object Understanding offering. She has worked on other Mixed Reality cloud solutions such as Azure Spatial Anchors and Azure Remote Rendering as a developer. She also has experience with large scale services from her time spent in Office 365.&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> <LI data-unlink="true"><SPAN><A href="#" target="_self">April Speight</A>, an author and developer advocate based in Beverly Hills, CA. In January 2020, she and a team of 4 ambitious developers created Spell Bound, a VR learning experience designed to help children with dyslexia and dysgraphia learn letter formation and word recognition. Their team won Best in Learning, Education and Research as well as Best in Health and Wellness + Medical at the MIT Reality Hack. She has since taken on a role as a Sr. Cloud Advocate with the Spatial Computing technology team at Microsoft helping to onboard beginners in the XR space.&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P class="lia-indent-padding-left-60px"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="olucrisia_1-1615242449020.png" style="width: 200px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/261822i2323866173E9ACBF/image-size/small?v=v2&amp;px=200" role="button" title="olucrisia_1-1615242449020.png" alt="olucrisia_1-1615242449020.png" /></span><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="April.PNG" style="width: 202px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/261823i734D1B8FBE2799C4/image-dimensions/202x104?v=v2" width="202" height="104" role="button" title="April.PNG" alt="April.PNG" /></span><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="MR women.PNG" style="width: 204px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/261824iFDD9DD58A599BD35/image-dimensions/204x103?v=v2" width="204" height="103" role="button" title="MR women.PNG" alt="MR women.PNG" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>Later in the evening, we were thrilled to hear from <A href="#" target="_self">Xerxes Beharry</A>, <A href="#" target="_self">Niels Broekhaus</A>, <A href="#" target="_self">Alexander Meijers</A>, and moderator <A href="#" target="_self">Alexander Petty</A>&nbsp;in the&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_self"><FONT size="3">Blending Worlds: Empowering Humans through Mixed Reality</FONT></A><SPAN>.&nbsp; These speakers captivated the audience by explaining the power and potential of mixed reality changing the world. They share&nbsp;how they are leveraging mixed reality to solve complex problems, create positive social impact and empower humans.&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Key highlights included:</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><SPAN>Each individual took a "leap of faith" on Mixed Reality. Each speaker took a risk by stepping into the Mixed Reality. For example, Niels Broekhaus started his career as a Nurse, inspired by working in Healthcare. He had his first experience with HoloLens, saw many opportunities, and began to find ways to innovate the healthcare market to be more sustainable, contemporary and efficient.&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>They also shared their community resources and how to get started in Mixed Reality. Xerxes recommended inclusive design resources and expresses the importance of accessibility to all humans. He recommends Microsoft's <A href="#" target="_self">Inclusive Design toolkit</A>. Alexander also recommended using the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_self">MRTK for Unity</A> as a quick developer tool, an open-source, cross-platform development kit for mixed reality applications.</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>The speakers also talked about how to bring awareness to Mixed Reality and how important it is to engage future innovators and students. Alexandra shared about a ongoing student project group in Amsterdam that will be focusing on Dynamics 365 Remote Assist usage in healthcare. Alexander Meijers also shared about the importance of personally experiencing the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_self">HoloLens</A>&nbsp;firsthand, and how essential it is to the future of MR.</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>Lastly, they shared about their human experiences with MR/HoloLens and what was so memorable about involving others in the process.</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P class="lia-indent-padding-left-180px"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="olucrisia_0-1615243724981.png" style="width: 200px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/261825i4C4A673D34841255/image-size/small?v=v2&amp;px=200" role="button" title="olucrisia_0-1615243724981.png" alt="olucrisia_0-1615243724981.png" /></span><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Alexandra.PNG" style="width: 200px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/261829i0117651902C65DBF/image-size/small?v=v2&amp;px=200" role="button" title="Alexandra.PNG" alt="Alexandra.PNG" /></span></EM></P> <P class="lia-indent-padding-left-180px"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Alexander.PNG" style="width: 200px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/261827iF10C7086B92EE84B/image-size/small?v=v2&amp;px=200" role="button" title="Alexander.PNG" alt="Alexander.PNG" /></span><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Xerxes.PNG" style="width: 200px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/261830i8CA4075FB38DDE43/image-size/small?v=v2&amp;px=200" role="button" title="Xerxes.PNG" alt="Xerxes.PNG" /></span></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><STRONG>Microsoft Ignite: Day 2 (Wednesday, March 3)</STRONG></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We continued the excitement on Day 2 with the session, <A href="#" target="_self">Intro to Mixed Reality Business Apps + Real-Life Use Cases in Healthcare</A>, featuring <A href="#" target="_self">Katie Glerum</A>, a Global Health Program Manager at Mount Sinai Health System, and <A href="#" target="_self">Payge Winfield</A>, a Mixed Reality solutions architect at Microsoft. Payge kicked off the conversation by sharing how you can get started infusing mixed reality into your everyday life and build confidence with Mixed Reality Business Apps like Remote Assist. She also walks us through core Mixed Reality deployment steps and best practices:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="olucrisia_0-1615237509263.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/261799i830D11266AAA5EFF/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="olucrisia_0-1615237509263.png" alt="olucrisia_0-1615237509263.png" /></span></P> <DIV id="tinyMceEditorolucrisia_0" class="mceNonEditable lia-copypaste-placeholder">&nbsp;</DIV> <P>You can also read her comprehensive <STRONG>Remote Assist Best Practices Deployment Guide</STRONG> <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/5-takeaways-from-the-mixed-reality-bizapps-dynamics-365-remote/ba-p/2121047" target="_self">here</A>.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Katie Glerum then shared about her first-hand experience of how Microsoft tech has helped enable global shared surgery across both the Mt. Sinai Hospital New York and their counterparts in Uganda. She shared the sobering statistic that <STRONG>currently over 5 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe and affordable surgery</STRONG>. In Uganda, 84% of the population lives in a rural area and over 75% must travel more than 2 hours for basic/essential surgical care. She shared about how Mt Sinai Hospital is using Microsoft technologies such as Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on HoloLens and Microsoft Teams to conduct critical, life-saving surgery and enabling real-time collaboration and knowledge sharing between New York City and Uganda:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Mt Sinai.PNG" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/261803iA8F529362C442F73/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Mt Sinai.PNG" alt="Mt Sinai.PNG" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Surgery 123.PNG" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/261805iF6BB8B9366A83FBB/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Surgery 123.PNG" alt="Surgery 123.PNG" /></span></P> <P><EM>Mixed Reality HoloLens + Dynamics 365 Remote Assist enables knowledge share from surgeon in NYC to surgeons in Uganda, making surgical care to accessible to their community.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To wrap up the event, we had an engaging community table talk on Mixed Reality Business Applications. This was an informal way to chat with technologists and MR enthusiasts about all things MR Biz Apps across Dynamics 365 and Power Platform with Business Applications MVPs&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_self">Mary Angiela Cerbolles</A>,&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_self">Daniel Christian</A>, and Microsoft Indonesia Mixed Reality consultant&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_self">Adityo Setyonugroho</A>.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We are truly humbled and excited to share the future of tech in the mixed reality space with thousands of attendees on a global scale. We hope you will join us at the next Microsoft Ignite event this fall!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Catch the sessions above on-demand! Recording links below:</STRONG>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_self"><SPAN>S</SPAN></A><FONT size="3"><A href="#" target="_self">o you want to switch to a career in Mixed Reality</A>&nbsp;</FONT></LI> <LI><FONT size="3"><A href="#" target="_self">Blending Worlds: Empowering Humans through Mixed Reality</A></FONT></LI> <LI><FONT size="3"><A href="#" target="_self">Intro to Mixed Reality Business Apps + Real-Life Use Cases in Healthcare</A></FONT></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_self"><FONT size="3">Table Talk: Mixed Reality BizApps</FONT></A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Share your Microsoft Ignite experience with us:&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>What was favorite Mixed Reality session at Microsoft Ignite? Why?</LI> <LI>What do you hope to see from us at the next virtual conference?</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Can't wait till the next Microsoft Ignite? Join us at our next <STRONG>Mixed Reality x Microsoft Reactor session</STRONG> where we're bringing back Anj Cerbolles, Daniel Christian and Adityo Setyonugroho on March 18&nbsp;@ 8am PT once again to chat about Mixed Reality in Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.</P> <P><STRONG>Register now (it's free!):</STRONG> <A href="#" target="_blank">https://aka.ms/LearnRA</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We hope you enjoyed the Mixed Reality BizApps sessions @ Microsoft Ignite as much as we did.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>See you in the fall!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality</P> <P>#Dynamics365</P> <P>#MSIgnite</P> <P data-unlink="true">&nbsp;</P> Wed, 10 Mar 2021 18:16:57 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/event-recap-mixed-reality-microsoft-ignite-spring-2021/ba-p/2193883 olucrisia 2021-03-10T18:16:57Z [Guest Blog] Unlocking New Possibilities in the Mixed Reality Space https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-unlocking-new-possibilities-in-the-mixed-reality/ba-p/2169770 <P><EM>This article was written by Amara Anigbo, Microsoft Mixed Reality Program Manager for Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Guides as part of our Humans of Mixed Reality Guest Blogger Series.&nbsp;Amara shares her personal journey into the Mixed Reality space and why how she believes Mixed Reality will unlock new possibilities in the future.&nbsp;&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="olucrisia_0-1614382145968.jpeg" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/258588i825AFF2241836D8D/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="olucrisia_0-1614382145968.jpeg" alt="olucrisia_0-1614382145968.jpeg" /></span></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>My journey to Mixed Reality</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Growing up, I never thought that I would work in the tech industry. <STRONG>I was the only Black girl in a lot of my classes and people often dissuaded me from pursuing a career in STEM.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Since I was young, I have always been interested in computers. My family got our first computer when I was in elementary school. I would rush back home after school every day to go tinker with our brand-new computer. I was drawn by the complexity of the computer and wanted to understand it at its core.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>While at home, I loved to experiment with the computer, at school I really struggled with my confidence in STEM. As the only Black girl in a lot of my classes, I never saw people who looked like me excel in STEM. I didn't have many role models to follow. Additionally, I had many teachers tell me that I wasn’t good in STEM and should “stick to what I would succeed in”. <STRONG>It wasn’t until I got to college and I took the leap of faith to study Computer Science.</STRONG> I instantly fell in love with the material and gave it my all.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Around the same time, I started studying Computer Science and applied for the Jeff Ubben Fellowship. The fellowship pairs those selected with a major industry leader for a summer internship. I thought that I had a very slim chance since I had only been studying Computer Science for two months, but I still gave the application my all. After months of interviewing for the fellowship, I was selected as one of the five scholars. <STRONG>My host for my summer internship was Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="amaraanigbo.JPG" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/258602iB4C1BFBA7D4740EF/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="amaraanigbo.JPG" alt="Amara Anigbo interviewing Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in her undergrad days" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Amara Anigbo interviewing Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in her undergrad days</span></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>While interning in the Office of the CEO, I learned about Mixed Reality. My very first experience with Mixed Reality was in a boardroom with Satya as he prepared for a keynote presentation featuring Mixed Reality apps. I remember my eyes widening in amazement as I was watching the holograms dance across the screen. I knew right then and there, I wanted to contribute to this new revolution in computing.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>My journey within Mixed Reality</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I interned in the Mixed Reality division during both summer 2018 and 2019. <STRONG>I loved the experience because it always felt like I was living in the future.</STRONG> Interning in Mixed Reality taught me how important iteration is to innovation. More than anything, I enjoyed the collaborative space and how everyone drew from their diverse backgrounds to create groundbreaking products.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">Following my internship, I joined Microsoft in August 2020 as a Program Manager on the Mixed Reality Apps Team. I work specifically on Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Guides. It has been an eye-opening experience so far and I am learning in more depth about the potential applications of Mixed Reality.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Where do you see Mixed Reality going?</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Mixed Reality has so many real-world applications! <STRONG>One future application that I am particularly excited about is how much it could revolutionize education.</STRONG> It will be interesting to see the curriculum involve Mixed Reality. It has the power to be used in the classroom environment and change the way we approach showing educational diagrams. Apart from education, mixed reality is being introduced to industries such as construction, healthcare, manufacturing, automotive and more.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>During the pandemic, we have seen a great potential for Mixed Reality to truly transform the way we interact with computing, while helping ensure business continuity. I am extremely excited to how Mixed Reality capabilities evolve in real-life situations once it is widely adopted, and I hope to meet many of you who are also on this wonderful journey in Mixed Reality.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality #CareerJourney</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Sat, 27 Feb 2021 00:11:04 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-unlocking-new-possibilities-in-the-mixed-reality/ba-p/2169770 amaranigbo 2021-02-27T00:11:04Z [Guest Blog] XR and How To Bridge The Gap https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-xr-and-how-to-bridge-the-gap/ba-p/2119441 <P><EM>This article was written by Nick Hughes,&nbsp;an avid contributor in the extended reality space<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>as part of our Humans of Mixed Reality Guest Blogger Series. Nick Hughes shares about his approach and core best practices to the Mixed Reality stack and how YOU can bring value in XR projects. </EM><EM>Missed watching Nick's Microsoft Reactor session on "Storytelling: Effective Sharing MR" in April? Watch the recording <A href="#" target="_self">here</A>!</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>The whole extended reality space is vast, fluid, and sometimes foolish to try to define.</STRONG> There are so many ways that we can leverage this innovative modality that it also makes it somewhat difficult to pitch. The idea of bridging the gap between extended reality and the tangible world is still relatively fresh to most people. In this article, I'm going to give my experience taking a pragmatic approach to the Microsoft mixed reality stack and how you can bring value to your XR projects.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="WIN_20210209_14_26_49_Pro.jpg" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/253731i122456DDB14B7921/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WIN_20210209_14_26_49_Pro.jpg" alt="The first ever HoloLens I used is still in my office!" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">The first ever HoloLens I used is still in my office!</span></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You’re probably thinking to yourself, “This guy is probably a Microsoft partner or&nbsp;some industry&nbsp;expert in mixed reality.”<STRONG>&nbsp;I assure you that two years ago I was running network cables down soot-covered walls in a foundry.&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If there is someone who has asked all the silly questions, someone who has had to search the acronym on the Internet, it is me. However, that is why what I am going to share might be helpful to you too. I am a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none type of person who just happens to be exceptional at translating all things technology into a <EM>humanly digestible</EM> form. This is going to land right in your backyard.<BR /><BR /></P> <P>Two years ago, I was first exposed to XR. I put on a friend’s PlayStation VR headset and found myself captivated with the experience. The next couple of months had me buried in articles, YouTube videos, blogs, you name it. <STRONG>When I found the HoloLens, I couldn’t stop imagining all the business applications and use case scenarios.</STRONG> I knew this was going to be transformative, but I didn't know it was going to radically change my entire career direction as well.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Today, I help lead an extended reality team that covers the entire globe. We have deployed HoloLens and Remote Assist in nearly twenty countries and on almost every continent. This technology has dramatically transformed the way we can conduct business and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share with everyone how we did it.</P> <P> </P> <OL> <LI><STRONG>SHARE THIS AS SOON AS YOU CAN</STRONG><BR />I cannot stress to you the importance of excitement. Gordon B. Hinckley said, “Every good citizen adds to the strength of a nation” and that should be your mindset when you first get your hands on a HoloLens. Your first goal should be to create as many “good citizens” of XR as possible. These people will help you to develop the organic business excitement that will be instrumental in the adoption, peer-aided adoption, and funding - yes funding! - of your efforts.<BR />A word of caution though, if you post all these showy videos in public places, once that excitement gets to a certain point, you’ll have to deliver that capability. Try to be intentional and align your program sponsors before it gets to that level. They may want you to temper that excitement and keep it regulated.<BR /><BR /></LI> <LI><STRONG>BECOME A PART OF THE MIXED REALITY COMMUNITY</STRONG><BR />If you've found us here on the Mixed Reality Tech Community, you're off to a good start! I and most ordinary humans can only partially consume all the information that is whirring around about XR. Developers are releasing original ideas and capabilities each day. A couple of suggestions that I recommend are the <A href="#" target="_self">Microsoft Mixed Reality Community</A>, Twitter, and the Global XR Community. These have been very effective in building my XR wisdom and helping flatten my learning curve.<BR /><BR />Don’t be intimidated - it is going to seem foreign to you&nbsp;at first and that's OK. As my friend, Steve Kaminski over at Microsoft would say, <STRONG>"just hang on by your fingernails to what you don’t know at first. If you stay engaged, it will all begin to make sense soon"</STRONG>. If some of the content doesn’t hit home, go jump into AltSpaceVR for a support group or post something in the mixed reality forums. The XR community is wonderfully accommodating and we're all here to learn together.<BR /><BR /></LI> <LI><STRONG>REMOTE ASSIST, TRAINING, INTEGRATION – SAY IT WITH ME</STRONG><BR />The most straightforward value proposition is the cost savings from eliminating travel altogether. You will <EM>crush</EM> geographical barriers by traversing over border closings and eliminating the impact of COVID travel bans with ease. This will be huge for anyone doing business globally. All three of those elements can compound into a trifecta business case that is impossible to ignore.&nbsp;<BR /><STRONG>Case in point: We are getting complete returns on our Microsoft stack investments in less than six months (~ 3 months) of having a device in operation. It practically pays for itself over time! Now THAT is powerful.<BR /></STRONG><BR />Training is another significant piece of business that is challenging with the current health concerns. <STRONG>Remote Assist and Guides both facilitate the pseudo-face-to-face training as well as virtually guided training.</STRONG> This eliminates the need for another person to be present and helps mitigate risk as well as reduces labor cost. <STRONG>The icing on the cake is that I can normally train a slow adopter of technology how to use Guides in less than an hour because it is so simple.&nbsp;</STRONG>Two weeks into our rollout, a senior manager had come into an MTC meeting and asked “What is the next big thing? What does the future look like?” I can confidently answer that with a single word, <EM>integration</EM>. It isn’t a new technology that is next, but <EM>how</EM> we use extended reality. Connect your MES systems, connect your ERP and show your “good citizens” how to advance customized applications. That is like opening Pandora's box.<EM><BR /><BR /></EM></LI> <LI><STRONG>CAPTURE THE STORY AND MAKE IT REAL</STRONG><BR />Microsoft, specifically, has done a great job at making sure they have enough videos and knowledge available so that some of the stories can be told without too much trouble. However, to get that essential excitement, you’re going to want to show you and your people using XR at your own locations and in your own ways. So, let me accelerate that effort for you.<BR />As soon as you get your HoloLens 2, grab a laptop on the same network, go to the device portal, and then to the capture section. Now, open your HoloLens and record from the HoloLens. You can capture a brilliant first-person perspective of what you’re viewing. This will be meaningful when you’re making your marketing materials, especially for your executive stakeholders.<BR /><BR />You will also want to go buy a <STRONG>Microsoft Display Adapter</STRONG>. I know, I’m sounding like a bit of a salesman for Microsoft (trust me, I wish I got commissions too!) but, this adapter is small, inexpensive, and works without any configuration. Open the box, stick it in the HDMI and USB, and magically stream the first-person video directly to the television. This comes in very convenient when you’re showing someone the HoloLens for the first time!<BR /><BR /></LI> <LI><STRONG>KEEP ORBITING</STRONG><BR />If you take any advice from me it is this, “stay present and keep orbiting”. This technology will sell itself but you must keep in touch and you must be ready to seize an opportunity when it presents itself. You’ll be working quietly for a week and then someone will tell you about this new thing they want to explore! Yes! That is exactly what you want to happen.<BR /><EM><STRONG><FONT color="#339966"><BR />Carpe diem, friends!</FONT></STRONG></EM><BR /><BR />Do not let those kinds of opportunities go to waste because those “good citizens” are realizing the additional capability to the business. Be a facilitator and help them develop their ideas. That will resonate back to the business in a grand way. Especially when the users can build and then share their own story. You’ll see dividends from the peer-aided adoption that will come from those interactions.<BR /><BR /><STRONG>Remote Assist will consistently be a high value-add and transformative product to your business.</STRONG> You will want to continue to nurture and develop people to expertly use all the features and be able to bestow that capability with others. <STRONG>The more people using Remote Assist, the more people are exposed to XR in an easy-to-digest way.</STRONG> That is vital in your long-term success. You’re not going to be able to implement this new communication method with an isolated group of skilled operators.</LI> </OL> <P>Extended reality is here to stay! There is no doubt about it. Believe me - if you don’t get on board <EM>now</EM>, you’ll be ten years behind in just three years.<BR /><BR />I welcome you to connect with me on Twitter and share your experiences! I love hearing what others are doing on the implementation side of things. <LI-USER uid="867524"></LI-USER> #doSomethingGreatToday #XR</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Wed, 28 Apr 2021 16:50:52 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-xr-and-how-to-bridge-the-gap/ba-p/2119441 TheNerdNick 2021-04-28T16:50:52Z Your Guide to Mixed Reality @ Microsoft Ignite Spring 2021 https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/your-guide-to-mixed-reality-microsoft-ignite-spring-2021/ba-p/2159616 <P><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="oniellucrisia_1-1614097336616.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/257052iF1AE718AB0E0982A/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="oniellucrisia_1-1614097336616.png" alt="oniellucrisia_1-1614097336616.png" /></span></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>Looking forward to another virtual Microsoft Ignite this spring? We are thrilled to highlight the four Mixed Reality stories to watch! These sessions will enable you to understand the blend between our physical and digital worlds, learn the basics of Mixed Reality Business Apps, and discover how Mixed Reality empowers humanity.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>[Editor's note: Now that Microsoft Mesh has been announced in the keynote, we've included the Microsoft Mesh sessions that you can attend as well!]</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Reminder that Microsoft Ignite Spring 2021 is happening on <STRONG>March 2-4</STRONG>! Here's your handy guide to the&nbsp;<STRONG>4&nbsp;sessions<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></STRONG><SPAN>we've lined up for you this year</SPAN>. Microsoft Ignite is free to attend, so what are you waiting for?<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_self" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener">Register</A><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>today!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG><FONT size="4" color="#FF6600">Accelerate your journey in mixed reality with these 4 sessions!</FONT></STRONG></P> <P><FONT color="#000000">Click to learn more about each Mixed Reality session below, and discover ways to immerse yourself (and meet your fellow technologists!) in this fast-growing space during the event:</FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_self"><STRONG>So</STRONG><STRONG> You Want to Switch to a Mixed Reality Career |</STRONG>&nbsp;<STRONG>3/2/21 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm PT</STRONG></A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_self"><STRONG>Speakers:&nbsp;Amara Anigbo, April Speight, Archana Iyer, Catherine Diaz</STRONG></A></P> <P><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">Want to pursue a career in mixed reality but not sure where to start? Interested in mixed reality but feeling intimidated about what you currently don’t know (yet!) about the technology? Fret not! Join this session and hear #RealTalk from our speakers on how they took a leap of faith and achieved their dream of working in mixed reality. Learn how to acquire and build on core mixed reality skills so you can unlock your tech superpowers and create positive impact in the blend of our physical and digital worlds.&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="MRCareers Promo.JPG" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/257204i5604F426A51A617A/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="MRCareers Promo.JPG" alt="So You Want to Switch to a Mixed Reality Career Panel @ Microsoft Ignite 2021" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">So You Want to Switch to a Mixed Reality Career Panel @ Microsoft Ignite 2021</span></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_self"><STRONG>Intro to Mixed Reality Business Apps | 3/3/2021 12-12:30PM PT&nbsp;<BR />Speakers:&nbsp;Payge Winfield and Katie Glerum</STRONG></A><STRONG>&nbsp;(Mt Sinai Hospital)</STRONG></P> <P>Believe it or not, ANYONE can get started with infusing mixed reality into their daily lives. Join us at this session to build your confidence with Mixed Reality Business Apps like Remote Assist! Hear from Mt Sinai Hospital about practical use cases of mixed reality in healthcare and learn about deployment best practices so you can empower your organization with mixed reality today!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="introtomrbizapps Panel FINAL.JPG" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/257208i61FB8F6F81DA3945/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="introtomrbizapps Panel FINAL.JPG" alt="Intro to Mixed Reality Business Applications with Payge Winfield and Katie Glerum (Mt Sinai Hospital)" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Intro to Mixed Reality Business Applications with Payge Winfield and Katie Glerum (Mt Sinai Hospital)</span></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_self"><STRONG>Blending Worlds: Empowering Humans through Mixed Reality |&nbsp;3/2/21 9:15 – 9:45 PM PT</STRONG></A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_self"><STRONG>Speakers:&nbsp;Xerxes Beharry, Alexandra Petty, Alexander Meijers,&nbsp;Niels Broekhaus</STRONG></A></P> <P>The power and potential of mixed reality in changing the world is tremendous, and we are only at the tip of the iceberg as we navigate the new normal of a distributed, remote workforce. Join this session to hear from our speakers on how they are leveraging mixed reality to solve complex problems, create positive social impact and empower ALL humans. Learn about where they believe the future of mixed reality is headed and the role you can play in driving this transformation.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="HoIT Panel FINAL.JPG" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/257211iF55AF4A33DC27466/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="HoIT Panel FINAL.JPG" alt="Blending Worlds - Humans of IT Panel" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Blending Worlds - Humans of IT Panel</span></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_self"><STRONG>Table Talk: Mixed Reality Business Applications (Dynamics 365 and Power Platform) |&nbsp;3/2/21 9:30-10PM PT |&nbsp;</STRONG><STRONG>Speakers:&nbsp;Anj&nbsp;Cerbolles, Daniel Christian, Aditya Setyonugroho, Guest appearance by April Speight</STRONG></A></P> <P>Join this table talk&nbsp;to interact with your peers and share ideas on how&nbsp;mixed reality business applications across Dynamics 365 and Power Platform are transforming workplaces everywhere! Hear from our Business Applications MVPs as Anj Cerbolles and Daniel Christian, and Azure Ranger consultant Adityo Setyonugroho as they guide you through various common use case scenarios and inspire you to unlock the power of mixed reality in your organization.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="MR Table Talk final.JPG" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/258118iB980CB40699BC96E/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="MR Table Talk final.JPG" alt="Mixed Reality Business Applications Table Talk panelists" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Mixed Reality Business Applications Table Talk panelists</span></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>[NEW] Microsoft Mesh sessions to watch:</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="MMesh sessions.jpg" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/260032iD1E14DD948E1A8D9/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="MMesh sessions.jpg" alt="Microsoft Mesh mixed reality sessions" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Microsoft Mesh mixed reality sessions</span></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Introduction session:</STRONG>&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank">MyIgnite - An Introduction to Microsoft Mesh</A></P> <P><STRONG>Ask the Experts session:</STRONG>&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank">MyIgnite - Ask the Experts: Microsoft Mesh</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Ready to dig in?&nbsp;</STRONG><STRONG>Add these sessions to your Schedule Builder now!</STRONG></P> <P>We hope you're as excited as we are about Microsoft Ignite Spring 2021 and all the featured Mixed Reality sessions we've lined up for you.<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_self" rel="noreferrer noopener">Register online</A>&nbsp;to secure your virtual seat now, and we'll see you there!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MSIgnite #MixedReality</P> Tue, 02 Mar 2021 18:36:49 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/your-guide-to-mixed-reality-microsoft-ignite-spring-2021/ba-p/2159616 oniellucrisia 2021-03-02T18:36:49Z [RECAP] 24h Change Collaboration in Healthcare | Holographic Surgery Event https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/recap-24h-change-collaboration-in-healthcare-holographic-surgery/ba-p/2144668 <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="oniellucrisia_1-1613604440138.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/255636iBE778808AEE2C15E/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="oniellucrisia_1-1613604440138.png" alt="oniellucrisia_1-1613604440138.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Earlier this week,<STRONG>15</STRONG> <STRONG>surgeons</STRONG> from across the globe undertook <STRONG>12 mixed reality-support holographic surgery operations</STRONG> as part of a 24-hour Microsoft-hosted <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">online event</A> in collaboration with AP-HP group hospitals.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>These surgeries with real-life footage during the 24-hour event demonstrated how mixed reality technologies such as Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on the HoloLens 2 have tremendous potential to greatly enhance how surgeons operate, enrich the learning experiences of doctors, and ultimately improve patient outcomes. Through a custom app, surgeons were able to interact with anatomical images of their patients in holograms projected in real time in the operating room as well as have critical access to interactive tutorials during the surgeries.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In parallel to the surgeries, specialists from the hospitals, surgeons, partners, customers, public health and patients from all over the world participated in diverse roundtables and interviews to share about their own first-hand experiences with mixed reality.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Want to discover how Microsoft technologies can positively impact healthcare and be the new standard of healthcare collaboration in operating room? Read more in the <STRONG>Microsoft Innovation Stories article</STRONG>:&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HoloLens project enables collaboration among surgeons worldwide | Innovation Stories (microsoft.com)</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also tweeted about the immense power and potential of mixed reality in healthcare - indeed, it has "never been more important" to expand access to healthcare, and mixed reality is truly empowering people around the world to "transcend space" to collaborate globally":&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Satya Nadella on Twitter: "At a time when expanding access to healthcare has never been more important, it’s fantastic to see how surgeons around the world are using mixed reality to transcend space, in order to collaborate with colleagues and improve patient care." / Twitter</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="satya tweet on MR.JPG" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/256261iEF8850329297BF3D/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="satya tweet on MR.JPG" alt="[Alt text] Satya's tweet reads, &quot;At a time when expanding access to healthcare has never been more important, it's fantastic to see how surgeons around the world are using mixed reality to transcend space, in order to collaborate with colleagues and improve patient care.&quot;" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">[Alt text] Satya's tweet reads, "At a time when expanding access to healthcare has never been more important, it's fantastic to see how surgeons around the world are using mixed reality to transcend space, in order to collaborate with colleagues and improve patient care."</span></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The event also spotlighted our global healthcare ecosystem of partners and customers who have helped healthcare organizations worldwide to deploy D365 Remote Assist on HoloLens 2, enabling surgeons and clinicians to be more productive and get critical real-time support with 3D annotations from remote subject matter experts during critical times of need.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Key highlights:</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>15,000</STRONG> viewers from 130 countries took part in this unique experience</LI> <LI><STRONG>12</STRONG> holographic surgeries</LI> <LI><STRONG>15</STRONG> roundtables and live interviews with 20 exclusive guests</LI> <LI><STRONG>20</STRONG> partners involved</LI> <LI><STRONG>70+</STRONG> health experts from all around the world joined the adventure as speakers. <span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="oniellucrisia_0-1613604798791.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/255644iA1F0F9278E5CEF69/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="oniellucrisia_0-1613604798791.png" alt="oniellucrisia_0-1613604798791.png" /></span> <P>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>Key speakers included: <UL> <LI><STRONG>Tom McGuinness </STRONG>– Corporate Vice President Healthcare, Microsoft</LI> <LI><STRONG>Elena Bonfiglioli </STRONG>– Managing Director Health &amp; Lifescience EMEA, Microsoft</LI> <LI><STRONG>Charlie Han</STRONG> – Product Lead HoloLens , Microsoft</LI> <LI><STRONG>Charles Calestroupat</STRONG> – Public Sector Lead , Microsoft France</LI> <LI><STRONG>Martin Hirsch</STRONG> – General director AP-HP (France)</LI> <LI><STRONG>Cyrille Isaac-Sibille</STRONG> – Deputy &amp; Member of the Social Affairs Commission, French National Assembly (France)</LI> <LI><STRONG>Dr. James Kinross</STRONG> - Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer - Imperial College London (U.K)</LI> <LI><STRONG>Pr. Igor Sauer</STRONG> – Head of experimental Surgery - Charité Hospital (Germany)</LI> <LI><STRONG>Dr. Robert L. Hannan</STRONG> - Director of the Cardiovascular Surgery Innovation Laboratory, Nicklaus Children's Health System (U.S.)</LI> <LI><STRONG>H.E. Dr. Amin Hussain Al Ameeri</STRONG> - Assistant Undersecretary of Health Policy and License in the Ministry of Health and Prevention (United Arab Emirates)</LI> <LI><STRONG>H.E. Saaid Amzazi</STRONG> – Minister of Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research (Morocco)</LI> <LI><STRONG>Pr. Thomas Gregory</STRONG> – Head of Orthopedic &amp; Traumatology Department, Avicenne Hospital, AP-HP (France)</LI> <LI><STRONG>Dr. Gao Yujia</STRONG> – Associate consultant for hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, NUHS (Singapore)</LI> </UL> </LI> </UL> </LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>Worldwide Social Impact&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P>The tweets below are just a glimpse of the event buzz from around the world:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="oniellucrisia_2-1613604474882.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/255637i280C9970A3405EDB/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="oniellucrisia_2-1613604474882.png" alt="oniellucrisia_2-1613604474882.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="oniellucrisia_3-1613604474894.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/255640iFD22513C5ACA4442/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="oniellucrisia_3-1613604474894.png" alt="oniellucrisia_3-1613604474894.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="oniellucrisia_4-1613604474902.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/255638iB529609B875FF451/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="oniellucrisia_4-1613604474902.png" alt="oniellucrisia_4-1613604474902.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="oniellucrisia_5-1613604474916.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/255641i13FEA5874B3819A6/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="oniellucrisia_5-1613604474916.png" alt="oniellucrisia_5-1613604474916.png" /></span></P> <P><STRONG>Missed the event? Catch all the recordings on demand below:</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Session recordings available&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</A></LI> <LI>Roundtables &amp; surgeries available <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn Elevate <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</A></LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>Want to explore using mixed reality in your organization? </STRONG></P> <P>Check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this form</A> to connect with a Microsoft representative to find out how mixed reality can help your business.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Already using mixed reality solutions in your healthcare organization and want to share your story with the world?</STRONG></P> <P>Submit your story pitch at&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://aka.ms/MRGuestBloggers&nbsp;</A>today!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality #HealthcareTech</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Sat, 20 Feb 2021 01:55:53 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/recap-24h-change-collaboration-in-healthcare-holographic-surgery/ba-p/2144668 oniellucrisia 2021-02-20T01:55:53Z [Guest Blog] Living a (Mixed Reality) Life Beyond Imagination https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-living-a-mixed-reality-life-beyond-imagination/ba-p/2116530 <P><EM>This article was written by&nbsp;Collaboration Application Analyst and Business Applications MVP <A href="#" target="_self">Anj Cerbolles</A> as part of our Humans of Mixed Reality Guest Blogger Series. Anj, who is based in Singapore, shares about her path to Mixed Reality in the Business Applications space.&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="SpeakerProfileImage.jpg" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/253039iF01DE93292F0ADE2/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="SpeakerProfileImage.jpg" alt="Me :)" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Me :)</img></span></span></EM></STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">In a room with a full audience and an atmosphere full of excitement and admiration, a man drinking coffee on stage is wearing a device on his head. He kept walking around "his house" and watching a movie while a screen keeps on tagging along with him. He uses "gaze and air tap" gestures to resize the screen. After watching, he checks his calendar to see if he has a scheduled meeting for today and pins his contacts on the wall. When he demonstrates what he could do&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">with the device on his head, a woman wearing a similar device on her head enters the stage. </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">She displays a corpse on the scene using the same gestures the man did earlier. By interacting with the human anatomy and studying what could be the problem in the body, she screens it out. A hologram of a snapped femur bone suddenly displays, concluding that it could help her with the body's diagnosis. After interacting with the human body anatomy using the device, her time was up. Another presenter comes up on stage, and this time, a woman enters the scene with a robot. The robot is named B15. It says "Hello" to the audience when the woman instructed it while wearing the same head-mounted device as the previous presenters and shows the pin location. This guides B15 to move accordingly. While B15 moves to the next pin, the presenter obstructs the path where B15 will move next, but it didn't stop B15 from moving. It finds a new route to get away with the obstruction, carrying on with its tasks successfully.&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">When B15 says "Goodbye" to the audience, everyone claps with great excitement, and I, too, kept on clapping in that magic show live at home. </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">Oh wait, it's not a magic show! </SPAN></STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">It was the Build 2015 Keynote with <A href="#" target="_self">Alex Kipman</A>. As he introduced a truly&nbsp;<EM>magical</EM> device called "Microsoft HoloLens," I was one of the audiences at home, clapping excitedly and amazed at what I had just witnessed. A human interacting with the digital world in the real world by simply wearing the HoloLens, isn't it impressive? <STRONG>By wearing the device and moving your fingertips, you can easily visualize 3D objects, interacts with maps and structures, and experience virtual items being overlaid onto your real world.</STRONG></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>When I was in college, I used to interact with 3D objects by hand using the "Right-Hand Rule" Method and draw them using the drawing tools.&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN>When using the "Right-Hand Rule," you rotate your right hand in the direction x, y, z, or merely horizontal and vertical to visualize better the objects (even your head is turning to imagine the 3D object). Now imagine making a building structure in 3D, and you simply have to use your fingers to seamlessly flip or twist objects, or rotate your head to visualize what it would look like in the real world. Imagine having to call your team member in another part of the country or even across the world, asking for help and advice&nbsp;to fix/inspect a machine in your factory. It will be time-consuming since you have to wait for them to book a flight and get to your location, battle jet lag and even after they've arrived, you can't easily visualize the complex piece of machinery. </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>However, <STRONG>with Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on Hololens 2, a new world has opened and the possibility is endless. </STRONG>Gone is the need to book flights and spend an exorbitant amount of money to have overseas experts come to your site. Now, you can call them directly via the HoloLens, and they can see <EM>exactly</EM> what you're seeing, in REAL-TIME and even draw mixed reality annotations right into your physical environment. <STRONG>It's hard to simply live in a 2D, paper-based environment once you've experienced the magic of mixed reality.&nbsp;</STRONG></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>At the last "Future Now Conference 2018" #MicrosoftAI event I attended in Singapore, I got a chance to experience the Microsoft HoloLens 2. That experience was life-changing since I don't often indulge in buying them for development and tinkering, and it is not in my direct line of work. However, I was deeply curious and wanted to explore this fascinating piece of technology for my own learning. I knew that there are many possibilities that we could do with this technology - we're only at the tip of the iceberg of what's possible! </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>When I tried on the HoloLens, a thought came to my mind. I love the HoloLens, but what if you wanted to experience virtual objects in the real world but had no access to&nbsp;an AR wearable device? Could we make mixed reality a possibility for these people too? If you are like me and interested in mixed reality but may not have the budget to procure an expensive AR device, what are your options?</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><STRONG>Enter Power Platform.</STRONG> Its fan base has been growing rapidly as it makes it super easy to create an application. Even developers or app makers can quickly build one with minimal coding required. Infusing AI with Power Platform application is as easy as a point-and-click; what about Mixed Reality? For me, I originally thought that making an application with AI would be complex to build and use simultaneously, and significantly more so if I added Mixed Reality into the equation. </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>Y</SPAN><SPAN>et, Power Platform has been a great help in removing the impostor syndrome inside of me. I got to meet many people in the community and was even able to build an AI application using Power Platform quickly. I could make an app with AI and my goal back then was to make one with Mixed Reality next. My wishful desire was granted when Power Platform rapidly evolved; In April 2020, Mixed Reality technology was released as a Private Preview in Power Platform. I was so excited and thrilled about it that I immediately signed up for the private preview, and truly ecstatic that my application was accepted.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>I started looking for inspiration to do some demos and business case scenarios to help the customers and the company, so I configured my development tenant to experience and try the preview of <STRONG>Mixed Reality in Power Apps.</STRONG> Even though it's not currently part of my line of work, I still had the chance to explore and enjoy it in my leisure time without sacrificing my job. I was impressed by its capabilities and possibilities with Mixed Reality in Power Apps and so excited to share it with everyone in the community.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="MixedRealityPowerApps.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/253040iFDE383D132E4956B/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="MixedRealityPowerApps.png" alt="Mixed Reality in Power Apps" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Mixed Reality in Power Apps</span></span></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>The first time I shared it with was during the <STRONG>ASEAN Microsoft BizApps UG Women in Tech</STRONG> online. I shared the same stage with Dona Sarkar, Soyoung Lee, April Dunnam, and other amazing women speakers worldwide. But it didn't end there. My speaking career with Mixed Reality in Power Apps continued until I reached Kuala Lumpur, Germany, and Paris through online speaking engagements. I get to share great things and ways of what we could do with Mixed Reality in Power Apps.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="MyPresentations.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/252960i0D8B35864081983F/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="MyPresentations.png" alt="My Mixed Reality in Power Apps Presentations" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">My Mixed Reality in Power Apps Presentations</span></span></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>While we're still in the midst of a global pandemic where social distancing is observed, the possibility of traveling and meeting with other people is almost zero. Everything is online now. From buying products, engaging with colleagues, training, and even classes use online platforms. <STRONG>With Mixed Reality, we can easily view the products we order online, take measurements, and easily visualize them from our home or business area instead.</STRONG> Even if you can't get your hands on a Hololens, we can still make use of our phones with Mixed Reality in Power Apps. Dynamics 365 Remote Assist also works on iOS and Android mobile devices, which most of us likely already have! I highly encourage all of you to experiment with it using devices you already have, and you might just be inspired to use mixed reality in new ways as well.&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>There is an excellent potential for the device in life, health, and safety aspects to help you visualize objects, experience, and engage with other humans. <STRONG>The possibility of this technology is endless; the only limitation you have is your imagination. What will you create with mixed reality next?</STRONG></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM><STRONG>Editor's note:</STRONG></EM></P> <P><EM>Anj Cerbolles will be hosting a Table Talk on "Intro to Mixed Reality Business Applications" in the Connection Zone along with Daniel Christian and Adityo Setyonugroho at<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_self" rel="noopener noreferrer">Microsoft Ignite 2021</A>. If you are interested in this topic and want to connect with her LIVE, be sure to register for Microsoft Ignite and add their session to your schedule! Microsoft Ignite 2021 is free to attend and open to all.&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Helpful Links:&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <OL> <LI>Microsoft Dynamics 365<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_self" rel="noopener noreferrer">Remote Assist</A><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>and<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_self" rel="noopener noreferrer">Guides</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn paths for<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_self" rel="noopener noreferrer">Remote Assist</A><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>and<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_self" rel="noopener noreferrer">Guides</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Introducing Mixed Reality in Power Apps</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow noreferrer">Power Apps Mixed Reality 3D Control</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow noreferrer">Power Apps Mixed Reality Measurements</A></LI> </OL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality #CareerJourneys</P> Wed, 17 Feb 2021 19:42:41 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-living-a-mixed-reality-life-beyond-imagination/ba-p/2116530 Anj Cerbolles 2021-02-17T19:42:41Z 5 Takeaways from the Mixed Reality BizApps: Dynamics 365 Remote Assist Deployment Session https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/5-takeaways-from-the-mixed-reality-bizapps-dynamics-365-remote/ba-p/2121047 <P><EM><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">Missed our recent Microsoft&nbsp;Reactor “Mixed Reality BizApps 101: Dynamics 365 Remote Assist Deployment Best Practices” event? We've got you covered! H</SPAN><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">ere is a quick summary of Payge Winfield's top 5 takeaways from the session.&nbsp;You can also watch the full session recording <A href="#" target="_self">here</A>.&nbsp;</SPAN></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H1><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="RAimage.JPG" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/254730iD0E9DD25452257C1/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="RAimage.JPG" alt="Engineer using Dynamics 365 Remote Assist" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Engineer using Dynamics 365 Remote Assist</span></span></H1> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H1><FONT size="4">1. The Big Three</FONT></H1> <P>There are three common deployment scenarios that we typically see.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Scenario 1: Internal Remote Assist Communications</STRONG></P> <P>In this scenario Company X owns the Remote Assist and Teams licenses. Company X provides their internal users with Remote Assist and Team licenses to make internal calls to one another.</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Pawinfie_0-1612994596759.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/254038iF8AE09371B98FD52/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="Pawinfie_0-1612994596759.png" alt="Pawinfie_0-1612994596759.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Scenario 2</STRONG></P> <P>In this scenario Company X owns Remote Assist licenses, and Company Y owns Teams licenses. Each company assigns their users with their respective licenses. The Remote Assist users in Company X need to communicate with the Teams users in Company Y.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Pawinfie_1-1612994596773.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/254040iD70A2A113D65E724/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="Pawinfie_1-1612994596773.png" alt="Pawinfie_1-1612994596773.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Scenario 3</STRONG></P> <P>In this scenario Company Y owns both the Remote Assist and Teams licenses. Company Y assigns their experts with Teams licenses. Company Y wants assign Remote Assist licenses to external clients using "<STRONG>service accounts</STRONG>". A service account is an account in your tenant that you distribute to external users.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Pawinfie_2-1612994596789.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/254039i0B5F60F04D39175C/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="Pawinfie_2-1612994596789.png" alt="Pawinfie_2-1612994596789.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Each of these scenarios pose different concerns. The rest of this blog will highlight the top three, common concerns as well as some Do’s and Don’ts.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H1><FONT size="4">2. How do I Lock Down/Restrict the HoloLens?</FONT></H1> <P>One of the best ways to lock down the HoloLens is to <STRONG>use Kiosk mode and WDAC</STRONG>. While Kiosk Mode and WDAC are typically viewed as interchangeable methods for locking down the HoloLens device, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Both Kiosk Mode and WDAC can lock down the device, but the methods these features use differ. <STRONG>Kiosk Mode</STRONG> is a <STRONG><U>user experience</U> feature</STRONG>, while <STRONG>WDAC</STRONG> is a <STRONG><U>security</U> feature</STRONG>. While Kiosk Mode disables the visibility of an app to a user, WDAC places the app on an actual allow/block list.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H1><FONT size="4">3. How do Companies Communicate with Each Other?</FONT></H1> <P>In scenario 2, Company X (Remote Assist user) and Company Y (Teams user) both owned their own licenses. However, it is important to note that Remote Assist is built on top of the Teams platform. This means that Remote Assist will honor any communication (federation) configurations that are implemented by Teams.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Specifically, there are three methods that Company X and Company Y can use to communicate with each other:</P> <OL> <LI><STRONG>Both companies enable open federation</STRONG> – which is the default setting in Teams.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Both companies ensure that they are federated with one another</STRONG>. More specifically, each company needs to add the other to their “Allow” list or remove them from their “Block” list.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Company X (the person with Remote Assist) can guest Company Y (Teams) users into their tenant</STRONG>.</LI> </OL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H1><FONT size="4">4. Mobile Device Management (MDM) Recommendations</FONT></H1> <P>Managing HoloLens devices is an important step in deploying at scale. Below are some recommendations for CSPs (Configuration Service Providers) to deploy to HoloLens 2 devices.</P> <OL> <LI>Wi-Fi profiles and device-based certificates</LI> <LI>Tenant locking the device ensures that nefarious actors (Company Z) cannot wipe a HoloLens device and enroll it into their own company’s tenant</LI> <LI>Manage OS updates with Update/AllowAutoUpdates</LI> </OL> <P><STRONG>To learn more about CSPs, please check out our documentation:</STRONG></P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Policies in Policy CSP supported by HoloLens 2 - Windows Client Management | Microsoft Docs</A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Configuration service provider reference - Windows Client Management | Microsoft Docs</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H1><FONT size="4">5.&nbsp;<SPAN>Do’s and Don’ts</SPAN></FONT></H1> <P>Last – but not least – it is important to keep these do’s and don’ts in mind when deploying HoloLens devices.</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="312"> <P><STRONG>Do’s</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="312"> <P><STRONG>Don’ts</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="312"> <UL> <LI>Understand security requirements before deploying HoloLens 2</LI> <LI>Review our deployment documentation</LI> <LI>Utilize individual user-based accounts where possible</LI> <LI>Use Azure AD for identity management</LI> <LI>Do enroll devices into MDM</LI> <LI>Do ensure that you are using Kiosk Mode and WDAC appropriately</LI> </UL> </TD> <TD width="312"> <UL> <LI>Wait to get security involved (Involve them in the process early on!)</LI> <LI>Rely on Kiosk Mode as a security feature</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P>Here are some other documents that I highly recommend reading in your HoloLens + Remote Assist deployment journey. Thanks for reading!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Deployment Guide | Microsoft Docs</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Deployment Guide – Cloud connected HoloLens 2 with Remote Assist - Overview | Microsoft Docs</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Overview of Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on HoloLens and HoloLens 2 - Dynamics 365 Mixed Reality | Microsoft Docs</A></LI> </UL> <P>#MixedRealityBizApps #RemoteAssist #Deployment</P> Sat, 13 Feb 2021 17:56:32 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/5-takeaways-from-the-mixed-reality-bizapps-dynamics-365-remote/ba-p/2121047 Pawinfie 2021-02-13T17:56:32Z [Guest Blog] Mixed Reality for Everyone: Makers and Users Unite! https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-mixed-reality-for-everyone-makers-and-users-unite/ba-p/2111648 <P><EM><A href="#" target="_self">Daniel Christian</A>, a Business Applications MVP, shares his experience with Mixed Reality and how Mixed Reality applications are now accessible to technologists everywhere with Power Apps.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Gone are the days when you would require thousands of lines of code, 10+ years of experience in a complex development platform to build Mixed Reality (MR) solutions.</STRONG> Now, thanks to Microsoft Power Apps and countless Augmented Reality capable mobile devices, apps with mixed reality can be built in minutes instead of days using low or no-code solutions. With these new capabilities, makers can start to digitize workflows in physical space in new and innovative ways using tools they are already familiar with.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A little about me and how I got into the mixed reality space - I come from a SharePoint background, and am both a heavy maker and user of InfoPath Designer for web forms and SharePoint Designer for workflows. Once Microsoft announced these services were reaching their end of life, I quickly focused my attention on the Power Platform. I saw great potential in them and hence was an early adopter of this technology while it was still in preview. My focus has been around the entire Power Platform which includes Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI and Power Virtual Agents. These services have evolved at an unprecedented pace. Then last year on April 1st, 2020, the integration of mixed reality capabilities in Power Apps was announced. This new release was already a tried-and-tested method in <A href="#" target="_self">Dynamics 365 Remote Assist</A> using HoloLens and HoloLens 2.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="MRIntroduced.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/251494iB12AF0BFE618BAEE/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="MRIntroduced.png" alt="MRIntroduced.png" /></span></P> <P>So, there was I was, super excited to build my first mixed reality app that didn't require a<EM> single</EM> line of code, but one of the requirements was to have 3D models available. Well, thankfully that didn't take much time to find them because Windows 10 already came with the 3D Builder that has several ready-made models available.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="3DBuilderImage.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/251495iB495FF61AE796F74/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="3DBuilderImage.png" alt="3DBuilderImage.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I first played around with the <STRONG>Power Apps View in MR</STRONG> component which gave me the flexibility to view models in a 3D view using the View in MR component.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="3DControl.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/251496iC49327B44041F722/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="3DControl.png" alt="3DControl.png" /></span></P> <P>Once I got comfortable with the View in 3D, I focused my attention on View in MR and the results were <STRONG>OUTSTANDING</STRONG>! I honestly couldn't believe what I was seeing.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="MRControl.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/251498iB2923CADF7AC7714/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="MRControl.png" alt="MRControl.png" /></span></P> <P>Okay, so all of this initially started out as purely experimental fun and games for me, but was there any real-world application for this? YES! In fact, by this point we had already completed a few proof-of-concepts. Companies who were selling products to their customers could not only show pictures of their catalog but also demonstrate how their items would look in their customer's location. This was a real game-changer for businesses everywhere!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="MRControl2.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/251499iCBCF7D2746A9DEC3/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="MRControl2.png" alt="MRControl2.png" /></span></P> <P>I'm already seeing huge improvements in the performance of the components and added features where you can make direct connections or API calls to 3D components located in third-party locations. The journey so far has been spectacular and it's just getting started!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Have YOU used mixed reality applications in Power Apps to create innovative solutions for your company?</STRONG> Even if you're just starting out in mixed reality as a hobby, I'd love to see what projects you come up so that we can all learn from one another. I truly believe that mixed reality is the future, and together we can transform the way we work with this new superpower that <EM>everyone</EM> can use, without a single line of code.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM><STRONG>Editor's note:</STRONG></EM></P> <P><EM>Daniel Christian will be hosting a Table Talk on "Intro to Mixed Reality Business Applications" in the Connection Zone along with Anj Cerbolles and Adityo Setyonugroho at <A href="#" target="_self">Microsoft Ignite 2021</A>. If you are interested in this topic and want to connect with him LIVE, be sure to register for Microsoft Ignite and add their session to your schedule! Microsoft Ignite 2021 is free to attend and open to all.&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Helpful Links:&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <OL> <LI>Microsoft Dynamics 365 <A href="#" target="_self">Remote Assist</A> and <A href="#" target="_self">Guides</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn paths for <A href="#" target="_self">Remote Assist</A> and <A href="#" target="_self">Guides</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Introducing Mixed Reality in Power Apps</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Apps Mixed Reality 3D Control</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Apps Mixed Reality Measurements</A></LI> </OL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality #MRBizApps</P> Fri, 12 Feb 2021 22:05:30 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-mixed-reality-for-everyone-makers-and-users-unite/ba-p/2111648 Daniel Christian 2021-02-12T22:05:30Z [Guest Blog] Humans of Mixed Reality: It Is No Longer Science Fiction https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-humans-of-mixed-reality-it-is-no-longer-science/ba-p/2079937 <P><EM>This article was written by Mixed Reality and Azure Ranger consultant Adityo&nbsp;<SPAN class="cf0">Setyonugroho,&nbsp;</SPAN>as part of our Humans of Mixed Reality Guest Blogger Series. Adityo, who is based in Indonesia, shares about his path to Mixed Reality in addition to the community impact of Mixed Reality solutions.&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>"Science fiction"&nbsp;is probably the most common&nbsp;term most people think of when it comes to holograms.</STRONG>&nbsp;Growing up, I really loved movies and games that featured a lot of hologram-like technology that provided main characters with superpowers to solve challenges and fight their enemies. Who was not amazed by the holographic calls featured on Star Wars or Star Trek movies? Just the thought of being able to look at your friends who live so far away, and see their presence as <EM>whole person</EM> - not just a headshot - in holographic form just through a call. We knew it was just science fiction back then, but lo and behold, it's <EM>REAL</EM> now. <STRONG>This technology exists!</STRONG> I vividly recall how excited I was when I experienced viewing holograms for the very first time, using Mixed Reality technology on the first edition of HoloLens.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>So, if this technology did not exist before, you might be wondering how I started my journey in the&nbsp;Mixed Reality in the first place.<STRONG>&nbsp;I trace it back to a time where my interest in the transformation of Human Computer Interaction was sparked.</STRONG> While in university, I was excited to have a chance to explore and play around with the Microsoft Kinect v2. I was fascinated by how we can use our body movements and interface with our physical environment to interact with digital assets in various applications. Within that time, I learned more about how we can begin connecting our physical world with the digital world. Through yet more learning and exploring, I then began to learn more about AR and VR, where I tried to develop my first app centered around virtual fitting rooms. It was certainly amusing to be able to see a full suit of (digital) armor overlay on top of my body on the screen.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Here's what it looked like in the early days of experimentation - seems rudimentary, I know:</P> <DIV class="mceNonEditable lia-copypaste-placeholder">&nbsp;</DIV> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="714722.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/247796iE86D126529629586/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="714722.png" alt="Trial and error building AR dressing app" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Trial and error building AR dressing app</span></span></P> <DIV class="mceNonEditable lia-copypaste-placeholder">&nbsp;</DIV> <P>Later on, during my final year in university, I remember watching a Microsoft Windows 10 event and was so amazed by the first <STRONG>HoloLens announcement by <A href="#" target="_self">Alex Kipman</A></STRONG>. The concept and implementation of Mixed Reality on HoloLens was really impressive. Many demos were shown: a designer working side-by-side with their working model being displayed around her desk. A woman calling for help to fix her bathroom, making the repair process much more efficient with real-time holographic guidance from an expert over a video call. There was also another HoloLens demo where a woman built a drone inside a holographic workshop, and was then able to 3D-print the model instantly. With time, I found more and more upcoming concepts, use case scenarios and information on the internet about how HoloLens can help various industries to <EM>do more</EM> with Mixed Reality.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>My big learning was this: <STRONG>Mixed reality has augmented and enhanced our capabilities as humans. </STRONG>Just like in those early Sci-Fi movies, it was like having superpowers. REAL superpowers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="2015-01-21_1057.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/247794iEE1EBCB837465208/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="2015-01-21_1057.png" alt="Hololens demo by Alex Kipman and Lorraine Bardeen" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Hololens demo by Alex Kipman and Lorraine Bardeen</span></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>That really inspired me to learn as much as I could about mixed reality, and personally try out the HoloLens experience at that time. Sadly, due to limited product availability, it was difficult for many developers in my region (Indonesia) to get a chance to be hands-on and try such cutting edge technology for themselves. Regardless - I was undeterred, and thankfully the&nbsp;<STRONG>Microsoft HoloLens team made the HoloLens development toolkit and emulator available for us developers to start learning and playing around with HoloLens - all before even owning the actual device!</STRONG>&nbsp;Later on, I joined the global HoloLens Community that created and met with other awesome developers and experts around the world including Jesse McCulloch, Sean Ong, Rene Schulte, Alexander Meijers,&nbsp;<SPAN>Stephen Hodgson, and others, to name a few. These fellow community members really helped spur my learning and growth.&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>After a year exploring and learning through the emulator while working more stuff on Kinect projects, I finally got a chance to get <EM>hands-on</EM> experience and development using a real HoloLens! I was amazed by the various Mixed Reality applications that users like me can try, such as the Galaxy Explorer, Fragment, HoloStudio, RoboRaid, and others. <STRONG>The seamless blending of physical and digital worlds never fails to impress me the most</STRONG> -&nbsp;Mixed Reality helps us create game experiences based on real environments and overlay the digital assets interacting with them. Imagine a robot that can show up by breaking your wall, hiding behind your table and couch and getting a real environment effect digitally by shooting around the environment. Games will never be the same again!</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="successful-dodge-roboraid-500px" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/247806iEDE6D1A75D7852D2/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="successful-dodge-roboraid-500px" alt="Roboraid is a Mixed Reality game experience" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Roboraid is a Mixed Reality game experience</span></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Thereafter, I started to explore Mixed Reality scenarios into real industries beyond just games.</STRONG> I wanted to show customers how Mixed Reality can help them achieve true&nbsp;digital transformation impact. I began working with my friends to start sharing and developing showcases for several industries in Indonesia. My first real customer project was in the construction industry, where we helped them create a Mixed Reality app experience for their BIM data. It is always a joy to see everyone's reaction during their first Mixed Reality experience. There are so many positive points and ideas that keep coming up on how we can help them transform their work.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Here's a photo from our first industry project:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="WP_20180508_09_50_23_Rich_LI.jpg" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/247814iE4367AA290646CA0/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WP_20180508_09_50_23_Rich_LI.jpg" alt="My first Mixed Reality project involving BIM MR experience" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">My first Mixed Reality project involving BIM MR experience</span></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I truly believe that&nbsp;<STRONG>Mixed Reality creates tangible positive impact to the world on how we can solve many issues faster and more efficiently than before</STRONG>. <STRONG>It enables us to transform and unlock potential use cases across multiple line of business within each industry. Mixed Reality combined with other technologies such as cloud computing, AI, IoT, and others can collectively result in more advanced solutions, transforming daily operations</STRONG>. Mixed reality can be used in healthcare, manufacturing, mining, education, and more. For example, a frontline worker in a manufacturing company might have detected an issue on the manufacturing equipment and needs to resolve urgently. But, this user might not have the right skills to resolve such a specialized issue, and needs help directly from an expert. However, the expert might be not on the site or working remotely -- what can the user do then?</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>This is why Mixed Reality comes in.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>By using real-time expert collaboration powered by mixed reality through&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics Remote Assist</A>. This way, the user can get help by having a holographic view of essential documents and real-time guidance by the expert <SPAN>while continuing to work heads-up and hands-free on the HoloLens.&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>Mixed Reality can also enhance the employee onboarding experience, and enable them to upskill more quicker in an immersive manner. There are many other solutions that can be built using Azure cloud to create scalable&nbsp;and connected mixed reality applications.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="RE4FcXM.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/247816i45251973B92ECA18/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="RE4FcXM.png" alt="Immersive and connected Mixed Reality solution" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Immersive and connected Mixed Reality solution</span></span></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="RE4FkIY.jpg" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/247817iF8D1CC9647F9603F/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="RE4FkIY.jpg" alt="Connected with remote expert with Remote Assist" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Connected with remote expert with Remote Assist</span></span></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>The most important thing in my journey within the Mixed Reality space is&nbsp;<STRONG>Community!</STRONG></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>Connecting with fellow developers, business makers, industry experts, and others is probably the best part of the journey. Together, we can brainstorm creative ideas and collaborate to make Mixed Reality more impactful to ALL humans around the world. I am so thankful to the global community that has helped me learn, build and scale. We can do so much more when we share ideas with one another!</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>It also inspired me to continue expanding the Mixed Reality community in my hometown of Indonesia and the greater Asia region. My dream is to partner with my friends in the Mixed Reality space to build an entire MR ecosystem and help transform businesses everywhere</SPAN><SPAN>. We often hold meetups, sharing sessions, hangout discussions, university collaborations to help local communities grow confidence in mixed reality technologies so that they can start to use it as well.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="DSCF3151.JPG" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/247818i6F3F2201F501FB73/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="DSCF3151.JPG" alt="MIxed Reality Community Indonesia at Global MR Bootcamp 2019" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">MIxed Reality Community Indonesia at Global MR Bootcamp 2019</span></span></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="20190227_110418.jpg" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/247820iD64E198ECA54FEAC/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="20190227_110418.jpg" alt="Community x University collaboration on sharing knowledge about MR" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Community x University collaboration on sharing knowledge about MR</span></span></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>This is my story so far, but I know my journey in mixed reality is only beginning! I'd love to connect and collaborate with you and others here in the Mixed Reality Community as well. Let's do great things together!</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Explore mixed reality and learn more:</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>Microsoft Mixed Reality Docs:&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mixed Reality documentation - Mixed Reality | Microsoft Docs</A></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>Mixed Reality Global Community:&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://aka.ms/holodevelopers</A></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>#HumansofMixedReality #Community #DigitalTransformation</SPAN></P> Tue, 02 Feb 2021 16:39:09 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-humans-of-mixed-reality-it-is-no-longer-science/ba-p/2079937 Adityo Setyonugroho 2021-02-02T16:39:09Z [EVENT] Microsoft Reactor: Remote Assist Deployment Best Practices - Feb 3, 8 AM PST https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/event-microsoft-reactor-remote-assist-deployment-best-practices/ba-p/2099661 <P>Want to learn how to supercharge your organization and boost efficiency while reducing cost and your carbon footprint through the power of mixed reality? Join us for our first ever Microsoft Reactor event focused on <STRONG>Dynamics 365 Remote Assist Deployment Practices</STRONG>!&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Whether you're an experienced Remote Assist user or someone brand new to the space and exploring Mixed Reality business applications for the first time, ALL are welcome!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="oniellucrisia_0-1611700200293.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/249653i12646B9F8BDA4437/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="oniellucrisia_0-1611700200293.png" alt="oniellucrisia_0-1611700200293.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="5"><STRONG><FONT size="4">Event details</FONT><BR /></STRONG></FONT></P> <P>Join R&amp;D Solution Architect Payge Winfield as she shares her top tips on how you can leverage <STRONG>Dynamics 365 Remote Assist</STRONG> on HoloLens and mobile (iOS/Android) in your organization, deployment pitfalls to avoid and how you can unlock the power of mixed reality with ease!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Get your burning questions about mixed reality business applications answered in this interactive session and meet peers who are also exploring mixed reality solutions.<BR /><BR /><STRONG>Date: February 3, 2021</STRONG></P> <P>Time:&nbsp;08:00 AM – 09:00 AM&nbsp;(Pacific)</P> <P>Format:&nbsp;<SPAN>Livestream</SPAN></P> <P>Topic: Mixed Reality</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><FONT size="4" color="#0000FF"><STRONG>Missed the session? Watch the recording <A href="#" target="_self">here</A>.&nbsp;</STRONG></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Speaker details</STRONG><BR /><EM>Payge Winfield, Mixed Reality Solution Architect, Microsoft</EM><BR />Payge Winfield is a Mixed Reality Solution Architect. Payge’s day job involves assisting commercial customers in their deployment of HoloLens, Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, Guides, and custom-built mixed reality apps. She has successfully assisted many strategic customers in deploying mixed reality technology within their organizations and is passionate about sharing her insights, best practices, and common “gotchas” to enable others to also leverage the power of mixed reality. Outside of her day job, Payge is a voracious reader and is constantly learning new things, including security – which she strives to infuse into her mixed reality work.</P> Fri, 07 May 2021 01:27:38 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/event-microsoft-reactor-remote-assist-deployment-best-practices/ba-p/2099661 oniellucrisia 2021-05-07T01:27:38Z [Guest Blog] My Mixed Reality Journey: How I Became an Enterprise XR Lead https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-my-mixed-reality-journey-how-i-became-an-enterprise/ba-p/2078595 <P><EM style="font-family: inherit;">This article was written by&nbsp;Windows Development for Mixed Reality MVP&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_self">Alexander Meijers</A> as part of our Humans of Mixed Reality Guest Blogger Series.&nbsp;<EM>Alexander is also the Founder of the Mixed Reality User Group and <A href="#" target="_self">GlobalXR.Community</A>. He shares about his path to mixed reality, and where he sees the future of MR headed.&nbsp;</EM></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Meet Alexander:</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM style="font-family: inherit;"><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="frionnet-20200630-8355.jpg" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/248022i0DDA71797F9AFAC0/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="frionnet-20200630-8355.jpg" alt="frionnet-20200630-8355.jpg" /></span></EM></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A not so long time ago if you had asked me what I was working as, you would be surprised. <STRONG>It had nothing to do with mixed reality.</STRONG>&nbsp;Back then, I had never owned a virtual reality headset or posted anything around those subjects. My professional life plainly revolved working as developer and architect for projects built on top of SharePoint and Azure. I’m not saying that I had a boring job. Far from that if you look at all the interesting projects that I had the opportunity to do. That said, it is nothing compared to all the cool things I get to do with mixed reality nowadays.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2><FONT size="4">It all started around 6 years ago…</FONT></H2> <P>About 6 years ago, one of the CEOs of the company I worked for decided we needed to have a Microsoft HoloLens. <STRONG>The device started gathering dust on one of the shelves for a few weeks&nbsp;after our marketing team was done exploring it.</STRONG> Since I knew the person responsible for the device, I asked if it was ok if I borrowed it for the weekend.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>"Definitely. Not a problem!"</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>That Friday evening, I came home with a Microsoft HoloLens. The first thing do when you get a HoloLens is to of course try out all the apps available in the Windows Store. While there were not many applications available at the time, some games were.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I found a game called Fragments. I started the game. It began with scanning and understanding the room. After that, the first holographic scene was loaded. <STRONG>My living room instantly transformed into a shed with water dripping through the roof.</STRONG> I got shivers all over my back. Never, ever had I experienced something like this. It was mind-blowing! The scene went on, and I was just in awe of the game and graphics. In the game, you were an agent who was able to see what had happened just before someone was murdered. During the game, you came together with your team - your <EM>virtual</EM> team. Depending on where they were standing, sitting down, or leaning against the table, they showed up differently in my physical space. <STRONG>The thing which I remembered most vividly was that one of the team members (holographically) sat down next to my girlfriend on the couch</STRONG>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>That night, I almost finished playing the entire game of Fragments in one sitting. I was captivated.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="fragments-top.jpg" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/248024iB85F3C3FE0D0A800/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="fragments-top.jpg" alt="fragments-top.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>That was my first moment of a true immersive experience using a mixed reality device - little did I know that it would dramatically changed my life (and career path)!</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I immediately knew that I wanted to start building mixed reality apps for Microsoft HoloLens. But how do I start? <EM>Where</EM> would I begin? What do I need? I was experienced enough with developing code. But to build something for mixed reality, you needed Unity. Unity? Never heard about it.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>That weekend I installed tools like Unity and the mixed reality toolkit which was then called HoloToolkit. And I got to work building my first app. The app enabled me to create basic objects in the room and interact with them. <STRONG>It was simple but got me hooked to do even more</STRONG>. That Monday, I went back to the same colleague responsible for the HoloLens device and asked if it was OK for me to take the device back home every once in a while.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>The end result?</STRONG> I had the device with me <EM>every day</EM>. I took the device <EM>everywhere</EM>. All of my friends, family, colleagues and even clients tried it, much to their wonder and delight.</P> <H2><FONT size="4">Building something from nothing</FONT></H2> <P><STRONG>Imagine being the only person within the company who understood the potential of this device helping our clients further.</STRONG> The company's focus was mainly on SharePoint, Office 365, and Azure. As a result, I always got a lot of remarks about <STRONG>being in my own virtual world or jokes about me doing funny stuff with my hands,</STRONG>&nbsp;looking at virtual things which nobody else saw. But all those jokes didn’t put me off or bother me. In fact, it only encouraged me to move further with mixed reality and to show them the power of this technology and its potential very soon. It really helped that both CEOs and our marketing team understood the importance of this.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Within two years, we had <STRONG>a mixed reality department focused mainly on mixed reality implementations using Microsoft HoloLens</STRONG>. While we started out only doing some small Proof of Concepts, we eventually got pulled into two large projects which I’m proud of.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The first project was optimizing the <STRONG>process of deck marking</STRONG>. The client moved large construction structures on ships. These construction structures could not be placed directly on the deck plates and required an underlying platform comprising steel bars and/or plywood. Normally, an engineer would have to go onboard the ship and create the underlying construction based on drawings of the deck. This process could in some cases take up days or even weeks to complete. We built a mixed reality application which was able to project these underlying construction structures on the deck, allowing the engineer to finish his work much more quickly. The application was a <STRONG>hybrid mixed reality solution integrated with Office 365</STRONG> for managing the drawings.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The second project was at a client who places scaffolding at their clients. These scaffoldings were large and can go up to heights of 100 meters. The developed <STRONG>mixed reality applications helped the scaffolders to place the base of the scaffolding at the right position</STRONG> to prevent mistakes which might occur after reaching heights of tens of meters in the air. This last project got us as organization into the <STRONG>HoloSuite</STRONG> at Microsoft: A 360-degree experience room at Microsoft Netherlands which allowed us to give inspirational sessions to clients around mixed reality, artificial intelligence, cloud, and security. Something I’m really proud of!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2><FONT size="4">The community</FONT></H2> <P>During my journey around mixed reality, I noticed that there was a lack of community meetings around mixed reality in the Netherlands. Thus,&nbsp;the <STRONG>Mixed Reality User Group was born!</STRONG>&nbsp;We held bi-monthly community meetups with speakers from the community from all different countries/locations and organizations.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P data-unlink="true">With the COVID-19 pandemic, it became somewhat more difficult to have these meetings. We then moved to online meetups. We held Global XR Talks - a monthly event with speakers sharing topics around virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and Web XR. Afterwards, we would virtually meet up in AltspaceVR. We also started with an annual event around the same subjects called the Global XR Bootcamp. That went on to become a huge success last year with over 50 sessions, workshops, and community meetups in 24 hours.</P> <P data-unlink="true">&nbsp;</P> <P data-unlink="true"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="website_logo_solid_background.png" style="width: 389px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/248011i51846A089BB217C3/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="website_logo_solid_background.png" alt="website_logo_solid_background.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Nowadays, we are hard at work setting up our new platform called <STRONG><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global XR Community</A></STRONG>, an XR platform for news, articles, blogs and list of worldwide communities next to the <STRONG><A href="#" target="_self">Global XR Talks</A></STRONG> and the <STRONG><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global XR Conference</A></STRONG>. It has been an incredible journey moving from something we used to only do locally in the Netherlands, to something that we now get to do <EM>worldwide</EM>. The most important part is that it is all <STRONG>by the community, for the community</STRONG>&nbsp;which really differentiates the Global XR Community events from other large events.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2><FONT size="4">Think further, think bigger</FONT></H2> <P>It quickly became clear to me that building mixed reality solutions is more than simply building an application using Unity. Building mixed reality applications is all about combining technologies and integrating it with different platforms. Using the best technologies together helps create the best and most useful applications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I've always said that <STRONG>building a great mixed reality solution is only spending 40% in Unity while spending the other 60% in building services <EM>around</EM> it</STRONG>. Since I have a strong knowledge base and foundation around Microsoft 365 and Azure, this helped me to think outside of the box. Secondly, my focus went more and more towards extended reality which also incorporates virtual reality and other devices. Building large-scale solutions required us to work with more enterprise organizations with a larger IT infrastructure and back-end systems like Dynamics 365 or other similar products.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In 2020,&nbsp;<STRONG>COVID-19 dramatically impacted the lives of everyone - including me.</STRONG>&nbsp;The organization that I worked for at the time somehow decided that mixed reality was not the direction that they wanted to move into. I thought it was a huge mistake and did not agree with that approach. I had other ideas about it and wanted to keep on doing what I was doing since it was my passion. I then decided that I would look for another organization to work for - one that truly believed in the power and potential of mixed reality like I do.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>That organization - for me at least - turned out to be Avanade. I started as a <STRONG>Global XR Tech Lead</STRONG> in the organization as part of the Digital Sales and Services Center of Excellence team.&nbsp;This happened about 6 months ago and completely changed my life. Suddenly, I was working full-time on extended reality projects for large global clients, implementing Microsoft first-party apps such as <STRONG>Remote Assist</STRONG> and <STRONG>Guides</STRONG>. I had the chance to work with large enterprise organizations on various levels, and it was so refreshing. I got to expand my scope and started thinking more about security, scalability, compliancy and adoption.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In my first few months, I also got involved in internal projects to build accelerators using technology like <STRONG>Microsoft Dynamics 365, Azure Digital Twins, Mixed Reality and Azure services, and more!</STRONG>&nbsp;My team is situated across the globe at locations including North America, Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and while it sounds challenging, they are all like family to me. My <EM>mixed reality</EM> family :)</img></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="HoloLens2-1024x576-768x432.jpg" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/248025i896541017798C76F/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="HoloLens2-1024x576-768x432.jpg" alt="HoloLens2-1024x576-768x432.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>These last 6 months have been a rollercoaster ride, and I mean that in a <EM>good</EM> way. It has allowed me to grow even more and become more enterprise-focused. &nbsp;I feel lucky to move into an enterprise role like this just at the right time. If you had asked me 5 years ago whether I would have chosen a role like this in a large enterprise, I would have probably kindly declined. It also comes with some benefits - while I already had a good contact with a lot of people at Microsoft, nowadays at Avanade I also have the opportunity to get involved in private previews of products and have informal sessions with product teams on regular basis. It also pushed me more in front of sales. While I already had some sales experience in my previous jobs, it feels somewhat different at this level. <STRONG>Not one day goes by that I don’t learn something new.</STRONG> And that is good.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Being in my role as it is now has changed my life. <STRONG>Believe me - extended reality will become commodity within the next one and half year.</STRONG>&nbsp;Not only that, it will become an integral part of everyone’s professional as personal lives. Just watch.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I’m so happy to be part of the mixed reality journey, and hope you will get to experience the same!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#HumansofMixedReality #CareerJourneys</P> Sat, 23 Jan 2021 00:26:56 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-my-mixed-reality-journey-how-i-became-an-enterprise/ba-p/2078595 Alexander Meijers 2021-01-23T00:26:56Z [Guest Blog] Unlocking more experiences with the cloud https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-unlocking-more-experiences-with-the-cloud/ba-p/2042365 <P><EM>This article was written by <A href="#" target="_self">Archana Iyer</A>, Microsoft Mixed Reality Program Manager for Object Anchors as part of our Humans of Mixed Reality Guest Blogger Series.&nbsp;Archana shares her personal journey into the Mixed Reality space and why she believes that mixed reality has a critical to play in society today.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>My journey to Mixed Reality</STRONG></P> <P>Around the time I joined Microsoft in 2016, the first HoloLens device was launched. Like most other people, I thought that this looked like a product straight of a sci-fi movie. Soon after joining, I was at a Microsoft Hackathon and got a chance to try the device on. My first reaction was of shock and amazement that technology had made it so far! <STRONG>My head filled with ways in which this device could be used for immersive experiences in a diverse range of industries ranging from medical to retail to construction.</STRONG> I was intrigued from that moment on and was excited to dive in to learn more about the Mixed Reality space.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>At that point, I was working on the Office 365 team on Exchange web services and the platform that powers Outlook Mobile. I had been working with services at scale for a little over a year at that point. I had minimal experience in computer vision and what goes into building a hardware device such as HoloLens. What I could do though, is <STRONG>write code, solve hard problems, and develop products at scale</STRONG>.</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="ahl.jpg" style="width: 506px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/244830i936FCE2126360A7B/image-dimensions/506x673?v=v2" width="506" height="673" role="button" title="ahl.jpg" alt="ahl.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>What I soon learned was that in addition to iterating on our hardware, the next wave of Mixed Reality needs us to move significant amounts of computing power into the cloud and making it available cross-platform for improved collaboration. Luckily, the Mixed Reality team was looking for folks with experience in the cloud computing space <EM>and</EM> who were also interested in computer vision. I jumped at this opportunity to work on a brand-new team in a rapidly evolving and unexplored space!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Why do we need the cloud?</STRONG></P> <P>The Mixed Reality Cloud team has the objective of providing <STRONG>secure and scalable services</STRONG> to help people create, learn, and <STRONG>collaborate more effectively</STRONG> by capturing digital information within the context of their work and world. We need the cloud to help move compute off the devices so we can improve the device form factor. It also helps unlock experiences with larger scale and for larger spaces <STRONG>which persist across time</STRONG>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Picture this scenario:</STRONG></P> <P>"You are at a car maintenance factory with your coworkers. You put on your HoloLens 2 and it automatically recognizes your location using Azure Spatial Anchors (ASA) and immediately populates the real world around you with holograms. You approach a real-world car on the factory floor and Azure Object Anchors (AOA) identifies the car and properly superimposes a holographic 3D digital twin of it. You then use Azure Remote Rendering (ARR) to enhance your view, visualizing the fully detailed digital twin by leveraging the ability to offload otherwise too complex calculations to the cloud."</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>These (and more!) are the kinds of experiences we want to unlock for our customers and help transform the way they work.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>My journey <EM>within</EM> Mixed Reality </STRONG></P> <P>I started this journey as a developer on ASA to help build out the multi-user cross platform experience. Through the launch of this experience, we learned a lot about our product by working closely with our partners such as Minecraft Earth. I then got the chance to help launch Azure Remote Rendering and bring that to market for our customers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After spending some time as an engineer on the product and understanding a lot about how things work in our systems, I decided I wanted to switch to a more product-facing role. Over the past couple of months, I transitioned over to a Program Manager Role for our Object Anchors product. I look forward to learning more closely about how customers are using our Mixed Reality solutions and how we can build better products for them.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Where do I see Mixed Reality going?</STRONG></P> <P>Making this a widely-used technology, however, is a long road and we are still a few years away from it. <STRONG>The sheer potential of these technologies is huge</STRONG>, and has not even begun to be fully tapped yet. We are already seeing mixed reality being used in core industries including <A href="#" target="_self">manufacturing</A>, <A href="#" target="_self">automotive</A>,&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">medical</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">construction</A> spaces. With the pandemic, we already see expanding potential for how this technology can be used with remote meetings and remote learning situations (e.g. <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">where students learnt about the human anatomy remotely</A>). You can even listen to this <A href="#" target="_self">podcast episode</A> on how college professors and students at Case Western Reserve University use Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on HoloLens 2 to learn about human anatomy in mixed reality.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>How can YOU get started with Mixed Reality?</STRONG></P> <P>Search for mixed reality jobs on the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft careers website</A>!</P> <P>Another good option is to join the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mixed Reality and HoloLens meetup group</A> where you can network with different folks on the team and learn about various hackathons and advances in the Mixed Reality space.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Go build apps!</STRONG> Get your hands dirty with building some demos and playing around with the SDKs. Getting started with Mixed Reality toolkit <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">video</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Learn more about <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mixed Reality services</A>. Check out this <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business-apps/helpful-resources-dynamics-365-remote-assist-and-guides/m-p/1965083" target="_self">handy resource guide</A> as well - Microsoft offers plenty of <A href="#" target="_self">free learning modules</A> for you to ramp up on mixed reality technology at your own pace!</P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>I am excited to see where the future of Mixed Reality takes us and hear about how you can help contribute to this next wave!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality #CareerJourney</P> Mon, 11 Jan 2021 22:39:39 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-unlocking-more-experiences-with-the-cloud/ba-p/2042365 Archana_Iyer 2021-01-11T22:39:39Z [Guest Blog] Humans of Mixed Reality: Making Tech a Place for All https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-humans-of-mixed-reality-making-tech-a-place-for-all/ba-p/2030191 <P><EM>This article was written by Microsoft Mixed Reality Program Manager for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>as part of our Humans of Mixed Reality Guest Blogger Series. <A href="#" target="_self">Dr. Dalya Perez</A> shares her personal career journey in technology, and how she came to discover and love the mixed reality space.&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>To my fellow Mixed Reality community members, my name is Dr. Dalya Perez.</STRONG> I am the Microsoft Mixed Reality inaugural Program Manager for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Like so many others, I began a new role recently amidst remote onboarding, racial justice uprisings, and a global pandemic, all while juggling the last month of a PhD program, dissertation, parenting a toddler and a tween, and tag-teaming work from home strategies with my beloved spouse in our cozy home. To say the least, it has been a heck of a transition, but I’m beyond happy to be here with all of you doing D&amp;I in this moment in history. Thank you sincerely for welcoming me, and I look forward to meeting you if I haven’t yet.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Background</STRONG></P> <DIV id="tinyMceEditorDrDalya_8" class="mceNonEditable lia-copypaste-placeholder">&nbsp;</DIV> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="selfie.jpg" style="width: 286px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/243916i163CEC6499A68B56/image-dimensions/286x286?v=v2" width="286" height="286" role="button" title="selfie.jpg" alt="selfie.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Pictured above: Dr. Dalya Perez</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>I come from humble beginnings</STRONG>. I am the daughter of a Jewish Egyptian refugee mother and a Filipino immigrant father, and a first generation undergrad/grad/PhD in my family. I grew up in Bothell, Washington, just up the road from Microsoft’s Redmond campus, yet never visited until my interview last year. I grew up in a multi-ethnic-racial community, constantly navigating and code-switching between middle-class white suburbia at school, Ashkenazi centric synagogue culture, Catholic Filipino family, to name a few. Our home was full of relatives, grandparents, and foods from across the oceans. I grew up grappling with those questions of <EM>“what are you?”, “where are you from?”, “why does your food smell weird?”</EM>&nbsp;- all while trying to figure out how and where I belong.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="DrDalya_1-1609780487845.jpeg" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/243911iFEA0E929539E9578/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="DrDalya_1-1609780487845.jpeg" alt="DrDalya_1-1609780487845.jpeg" /></span></P> <P>Pictured above: Dalya's parents Josee and Mel Perez circa 1969</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Career Beginnings&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Diversity, equity, and inclusion have been deeply ingrained and interwoven across my personal, academic, and professional journeys. From my early career working in Latinx health clinics, to being the Executive Director of an LGBTQIA+ youth organization, I began my career with grassroots community organization. As a critical race scholar, I dedicated myself to studying educational leadership and policy and to implementing design-based interventions that bring about remediation and close equity disparities for underrepresented communities. In my last team, the Brotherhood Initiative, I was a founding member of a research project that aimed to brdige the graduation gap for men of color in higher education. <STRONG>I am proud to say that we were successful in graduating the first cohort with a 99% graduation rate.</STRONG> The key to this success was getting critical stakeholders across divisions and roles to collaborate. I believe that building collaborative relationships between people who view the problem space from different, unique vantage points is critical to designing strong D&amp;I programs in all industries, but <EM>especially</EM> in tech.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="DrDalya_2-1609780487859.jpeg" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/243912i05B47A27722A93E2/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="DrDalya_2-1609780487859.jpeg" alt="DrDalya_2-1609780487859.jpeg" /></span></P> <P>Pictured above: University of Washington's Brotherhood Initiative</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>My career at Microsoft&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Joining Microsoft has taught me that cultural and systemic norms that have excluded historically marginalized groups from tech are the same and, in some cases, adjacent to the structural inequity in public sectors: educational pipelines, hiring biases, and the need for cultural competence to name a few. <STRONG>I am thrilled to be able to work somewhere with such potency&nbsp;of groundbreaking technology like mixed reality and being able to play a role where I can pair this with transformational change, access, and equitable policies for Black, Latinx, women, and many more communities historically underrepresented in tech. </STRONG>There’s work to do and we are lucky to be in a company and team with executive leadership all in for D&amp;I. The alignment from the top down and bottom up is incredible.</P> <DIV id="tinyMceEditorDrDalya_6" class="mceNonEditable lia-copypaste-placeholder">&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV id="tinyMceEditorDrDalya_10" class="mceNonEditable lia-copypaste-placeholder">&nbsp;</DIV> <P>As we cross into 2021, I know we still have a long road of navigating the pandemic. That said, we're also going into this new year with a stronger sense of confidence and resilience in working remotely, parenting, home-schooling. With the incredible technology which enables us to do this work and be a team, to be flexible, adaptable…. I’m amazed at what we have been able to do. From my family to yours, wishing you a happy new year, wellness, and patience as we forge ahead into the unknown.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>My number one priority in my first year has been to meet as many people on our team as possible and learn about your D&amp;I journey. How do you use your tech superpowers in mixed reality to drive positive impact in your local company? Remember that D&amp;I work is about relationships and community - we all have a story, and we all have a part in D&amp;I work. Better yet, we have the tech tools to truly create change.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you have ideas on how we can use mixed reality to promote inclusion and accessibility for all, please reach out. I look forward to building up this Mixed Reality Community as a safe space for all to learn, grow and become better humans.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="DrDalya_3-1609780487865.jpeg" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/243913i6DFED113E5F12F06/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="DrDalya_3-1609780487865.jpeg" alt="DrDalya_3-1609780487865.jpeg" /></span></P> <P>Pictured above: Dalya, husband Brian, and kids Amiel (2) &amp; Carlos (10)</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <DIV id="tinyMceEditorDrDalya_4" class="mceNonEditable lia-copypaste-placeholder">&nbsp;</DIV> <P>#MixedReality #CareerJourney</P> <DIV id="tinyMceEditorDrDalya_5" class="mceNonEditable lia-copypaste-placeholder">&nbsp;</DIV> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Fri, 08 Jan 2021 22:43:07 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-humans-of-mixed-reality-making-tech-a-place-for-all/ba-p/2030191 DrDalya 2021-01-08T22:43:07Z [Call for Content] Become a Mixed Reality BizApps Guest Blogger! https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/call-for-content-become-a-mixed-reality-bizapps-guest-blogger/ba-p/2041303 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="MR BizApps Guest Bloggers Banner.JPG" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/244791i58944029C8FB7505/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="MR BizApps Guest Bloggers Banner.JPG" alt="Call for Content: Mixed Reality BizApps Guest Bloggers" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Call for Content: Mixed Reality BizApps Guest Bloggers</span></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Happy new year, Mixed Reality Community! </STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If your 2021 new year resolution is to become a published guest blogger, here's your chance! We're looking for community guest bloggers to contribute exciting and inspiring stories about how you use <STRONG>Mixed Reality Business Applications</STRONG> like <A href="#" target="_self">Dynamics 365 Remote Assist</A> and/or <A href="#" target="_self">Guides</A> on HoloLens in your organization (or even personal life!).&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Here are some starter questions that you can incorporate into your story:</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>How did you get into the mixed reality space? (i.e did you have role models, did the community help you fit in etc)</LI> <LI>What is it about mixed reality that excites you?</LI> <LI>What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about mixed reality?</LI> <LI>How do you think mixed reality business apps can help positively impact the world and/or help solve key world issues?</LI> <LI>What advice would you give to someone aspiring to join this space? Any resources you can share?</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>Benefits of becoming a Mixed Reality Community guest blogger:</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Have your blog posts/stories count as community contribution towards MVP status</LI> <LI>Raise your profile within the Mixed Reality industry (and meet awesome peers in the process!)</LI> <LI>The best stories might even net you a speaking gig at our flagship/community events&nbsp;</LI> <LI>Watch this space for upcoming special raffles for you to have a chance at scoring some goodies!</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Ready to dig in?</STRONG> Submit your story pitch at <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://aka.ms/MRGuestBloggers </A>today!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#MixedReality #GuestBloggers</P> Thu, 07 Jan 2021 20:04:52 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/call-for-content-become-a-mixed-reality-bizapps-guest-blogger/ba-p/2041303 ShonaBang 2021-01-07T20:04:52Z [Guest Blog] Humans of Mixed Reality: Building Our Future Today https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-humans-of-mixed-reality-building-our-future-today/ba-p/2002109 <P><EM>This article was written by Microsoft&nbsp;Principal Software Engineer <A href="#" target="_self">Sue Loh</A> as part of our Humans of Mixed Reality Guest Blogger Series. Sue works on the Windows Mixed Reality software engineering team, and shares about what brought her to Mixed Reality, where she thinks it's going, and what she's doing to invest in the future of our industry.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>My journey to Mixed Reality</STRONG></P> <P>In my final semester in college, I only needed 1 class – <EM>anything</EM> I wanted – to have enough credits to graduate.&nbsp; I chose to take <STRONG>holography</STRONG>.&nbsp; We were playing with lasers, mirrors and super-high-resolution film that could capture photographs of the interference between split beams of light bouncing off an object.&nbsp; It was awesome!&nbsp; The researchers I was learning from gave us a tour of their projects to create 3D displays and 3D tactile experiences (e.g., you hold a pen and it feels like it touches the surface of a virtual object).&nbsp; That ignited my imagination – how could a 3D display work?&nbsp; How could you control pixels in 3D space when wires would be detrimental to the view?&nbsp; Little would I know that just over 20 years later I’d see it come true – AND get to work on the devices that actually do it!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="HL2.jpg" style="width: 300px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/241612iC2FA5EF228D59578/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="HL2.jpg" alt="HL2.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;<SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">Most of my career at Microsoft has been spent on data of one kind or another, unrelated to those college learnings.&nbsp; When I started at Microsoft straight out of college, they had me take ownership of a kernel logger for the Windows CE operating system.&nbsp; This eventually bloomed into working on performance investigations for Windows Phone, then Windows, and now Windows Mixed Reality.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>My journey within Mixed Reality</STRONG></P> <P>I came to the Mixed Reality team to build systems that use telemetry to improve our reliability.&nbsp; Fixing performance, battery life, memory usage, storage footprint and reliability – all of this quality work depends on having data from users of our products.&nbsp; It’s really amazing: &nbsp;The crash or hang or slow-down you hit today gets processed automatically and turned into a bug report on an engineer’s plate tomorrow!&nbsp; We can fix bugs faster than some of our customers want to take updates.&nbsp; We use that agility to produce the highest-quality OS and apps, and to keep them continuously getting better over time.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>But I couldn’t stay content with telemetry.&nbsp; Our industry is in the middle of a sea-change in development models.&nbsp; In the 1980s and 1990s people had to invent ways to go from text-based terminals to impressive graphics, while growing a developer community that needed simple primitives like buttons and text boxes to build almost anything aside from games.&nbsp; They had to figure out how to make user interfaces that were intuitive to users who weren’t familiar with computers.&nbsp; We’re doing that all over again, now: inventing new ways to go from 2D graphics to 3D graphics in our everyday computing, bringing along a developer community that still needs simple primitives plus power for games, and inventing new UX paradigms for users who are only familiar with 2D controls.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The world is also more connected than ever before, and <STRONG>computing doesn’t have to be a solitary experience anymore</STRONG>.&nbsp; Mixed Reality opens up a world of shared connected experiences that barely exist on PCs and phones.&nbsp; As soon as you put on a VR or AR device – as soon as you see a friend do it – the first thing you want is to SHARE that experience!&nbsp; I put on a HoloLens, and I envision artists painting the digital world around me with beautiful and persistent experiences that I can interact with, bring others into, and share.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>So I recently moved from working on telemetry and reliability, to working on our developer platform, with an <STRONG>emphasis on connection and collaboration</STRONG>.&nbsp; I know very little about these things, so I’m practically starting my career over again from scratch.&nbsp; But the wave of the future is coming, and I want to be part of making it happen – and more importantly, helping our developers (YOU!) make it happen. I love meeting customers, hearing what they’re trying to accomplish, and helping to solve their problems.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Where Mixed Reality goes from here</STRONG></P> <P>You and I, we enthusiasts – we know that the future is already here, now.&nbsp; Most of the world doesn’t realize it yet, because they haven’t experienced it.&nbsp; The way phones shifted us to having 2D computing everywhere we go – mixed reality devices and applications will shift us to having 3D computing all around us.&nbsp; It’s going to start with a small number of enthusiasts with niche devices, and a large number of casual users experiencing 3D content on their phones.&nbsp; Eventually those niche devices will replace phones entirely.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>That wave hasn’t hit, yet, but it’s coming. The hardware tech is marching along, yet there’s so little content!&nbsp; We need developers, right now, to be building the experiences everyone is going to live and breathe on an everyday basis when they all get their hands on Mixed Reality devices.&nbsp; We need to move from games, to entertainment, to useful - even life-saving - applications that help us get things done, solve complex problems and create true positive social impact in our world.&nbsp; <STRONG>We need to make it so people don’t just want to put their headsets on; they never want to take them off!</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Investing in our future, in other ways</STRONG></P> <P>I am constantly struck by how lucky I’ve been to have all the opportunities I’ve gotten, and I’m trying to pay it back by pulling up others behind me.&nbsp; I’m on a quest to bring more kids into tech, to diversify our talent pipeline, and to help retain the people we have.&nbsp; For over fourteen years I’ve been volunteering with local high schools; in fact some of the students I've mentored in the past are now employees at Microsoft!&nbsp; I also regularly organize women’s groups and events for the teams I’m on.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="Wumpus2011-050.JPG" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/241841iA282CA4F49E84078/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Wumpus2011-050.JPG" alt="Wumpus2011-050.JPG" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Lately, I’ve been trying to convince anyone who’ll listen that we can and should change the stereotypes we receive from mainstream media about who can succeed in tech.&nbsp; By bringing more diversity and balance to the books, movies and games that young people consume, we can encourage new groups of people to try tech and STEM careers.&nbsp; I call this effort my “Evil Plan to Save the World!” - You can learn more about it and even join me at <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://EvilPlanToSaveThe.World/TheEvilPlan</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I’d love to hear from you on Twitter at @suedeyloh or on the contact form from my site!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Want to learn more about Mixed Reality?</STRONG></P> <P>Check out Microsoft's <A href="#" target="_self">Mixed Reality documentation</A> and free Learn module (<A class="css-4rbku5 css-18t94o4 css-901oao css-16my406 r-1n1174f r-1loqt21 r-1qd0xha r-ad9z0x r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0" dir="ltr" title="https://aka.ms/learn-mrintro" role="link" href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow noopener noreferrer" data-focusable="true"><SPAN class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-1qd0xha r-hiw28u r-ad9z0x r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0" aria-hidden="true">https://</SPAN>aka.ms/learn-mrintro</A>) to help you ramp up on this exciting technology. Now go forth and change the world!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#HumansofMixedReality #XR #TechforAll</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 22 Dec 2020 00:07:33 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-humans-of-mixed-reality-building-our-future-today/ba-p/2002109 sloh-ms 2020-12-22T00:07:33Z [Guest Blog] Mixed Reality and the Human Component of Innovation https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-mixed-reality-and-the-human-component-of-innovation/ba-p/1952708 <P><EM>This article was written by community member <A href="#" target="_self">Alexandra Petty</A>, a Mixed Reality Evangelist and Change Management Consultant in the Netherlands as part of our new #HumansofMixedReality guest blogger series, which seeks to humanize the world of mixed reality. In this series, we'll spotlight the wonderful people working in the mixed reality space globally.&nbsp;Read on to hear her story about why she believes this technology can truly transform lives.&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Meet Alexandra - this is her story:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="alexpetty.JPG" style="width: 868px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/256062iF6A88192FEF33DDA/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="alexpetty.JPG" alt="Meet Alexandra Petty" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Meet Alexandra Petty</span></span></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Let me start off by saying that I am a CODA, i.e child of deaf adult(s).</STRONG> I love discovering how we can make innovative technology work for all of us and our loved ones, and to make this world and our lives a more meaningful one. I've personally seen how technology has empowered my mother to make meaningful connections through the use of her smartphone. It opened up a world of possibilities for her, and now she can now leverage all forms of content - from video calling, to speech and text. I cannot wait to see how we continue to push boundaries of technology in helping empower people with various accessibility needs.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>New technologies are very exciting - and not<EM> just</EM> from a technical perspective. I think it's exciting from a <EM>human</EM> perspective. How can it work for us? How can we use it to improve someone's quality of life? How can we use this to improve the quality of our work?</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Now focusing back on a topic much closer to our hearts here in the Mixed Reality Community - <STRONG>what can Mixed Reality <EM>really</EM> do</STRONG>? I think, anything. With near limitless possibilities, driving Mixed Reality to its boundaries is exciting. Sometimes so exciting that we lose sight of the human component. Many end-users out there aren't even aware that this technology exists, let alone understand how it works. We need to help bridge that knowledge gap so others can also learn and benefit from this technology.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next to that, as with any technology innovation,&nbsp;<STRONG>there is a strong need for the human perspective as well</STRONG>. Privacy concerns and ethics matter. Just because we <EM>can</EM> do it, doesn't mean we <EM>should</EM> do it. Especially now where we're discovering more about artificial intelligence and contextualizing data within our environment and visualizing it.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I invite you to join me in a thought experiment:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P class="lia-indent-padding-left-30px"><EM>Imagine you're an engineer tasked with correctly positioning side mirrors on a car. Every shift you make needs to be recalculated to see if it fits within the norm of so many different countries. Now imagine you can just do that with the help of Mixed Reality, Edge Computing and AI. No more having to always go back to the drawing board, but immediately perfecting what you can do in real-time. It's a very clear value-add to a business process and someone's day to day work. Better yet, the various scenarios in which this can be applied is endless.</EM></P> <P><BR />Sounds revolutionary? This scenario is actually not new, and has actually already been shown at <A href="#" target="_self">Microsoft Ignite</A> three years ago. With a little bit more context and accuracy, of course.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Let's continue our thought experiment:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P class="lia-indent-padding-left-30px"><EM>Now imagine working as a healthcare professional and you could just see the patient information at a glance, right in your field of view, when you're talking to your patient. No more rifling through documents to look up the file, spending time at a desk instead of spending critical face-to-face time with your patient. All the information of your patient, you can easily just review and pull up whilst sitting face-to-face with your patient.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The technology is there- it can already do it using Mixed Reality, <A href="#" target="_self">Edge computing</A>, AI and <A href="#" target="_self">Azure Services</A>. The ethics, privacy laws and, most importantly, global awareness is where the challenges lie, and is something that all of us as Mixed Reality professionals continue to work on daily. So few people are actually aware of what Mixed Reality truly is.<STRONG> How can we, as pioneers and early adopters, the driving force behind this technology, help our fellow human beings understand how this can work&nbsp;<EM>for</EM> them?</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Here's where the strong human perspective at the conception of any innovation becomes critical.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Let's say, as a business you understand the need for innovation. You have:</P> <UL> <LI>Your scenarios well thought out and clearly identified</LI> <LI>The means to research and fund this innovation</LI> <LI>Finally come to the conclusion that this would benefit your employees and ultimately your business</LI> </UL> <P>What next? How do you make this change successful within your organization? How do you ensure that your employees will have room to process this change, to adapt, learn and truly embrace this technology? The answer is simple: <STRONG>You need to have a human-centered lens, understand how humans perceive innovation and change, and then help facilitate them through the tech adoption process.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Involve the change management team, your early adopters and identify ambassadors right from the start.&nbsp;When implementing Mixed Reality solutions, there is also a strong behavioral change involved. Unlike typical desktop/ line of business applications, you're not simply replacing one application with another. You're moving into an entirely new space, often with a new form factor that people are not familiar with, and may find intimidating. Think about how ubiquitous mobile phones are today, and how almost everyone is glued to one wherever they go - that was not always the case. We all have to start <EM>somewhere</EM> with new technology and build familiarity as we go.&nbsp;<STRONG>This is why we need to demystify Mixed Reality, and open the floodgates of knowledge so<EM> everyone</EM> can learn.&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As a change management consultant, one of the challenges I've seen with implementing innovative technologies is that the excitement gets too overwhelming and distracts from the key focus area. <STRONG>People get excited by shiny new things, and can sometimes overlook the importance of getting the brass tacks of implementation and adoption of these new technologies right.</STRONG> Don't get me wrong - excitement and enthusiasm is <EM>good</EM>. However, losing sight of who will be impacted by this change and failing to have a comprehensive change management plan to support your employees in this process, not so much.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Want to drive mixed reality adoption in your organization?</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Your change management team should be working together with your project team as soon as possible.</STRONG> There is a lot of work to be done. Everyone driving this change will also have to learn to use this new technology. They will go through their own personal change management process as they learn to adapt themselves, before considering the bigger picture of<EM> how</EM> it impacts the organization and most importantly, <EM>who</EM>.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Focus on your people - the humans who will be using this technology.</STRONG> <A style="font-family: inherit; background-color: #ffffff;" href="#" target="_self">Best practices</A> <A style="font-family: inherit; background-color: #ffffff;" href="#" target="_self">gathered</A><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;"> over the years have shown that the human aspect of change is extremely important and<EM> will</EM> make or break your project. It is the difference between how slow or fast the change will take to be fully rolled through your organization for it to start generating more revenue and begin netting a true return on investment (ROI).</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Where am I in my personal Mixed Reality journey?</STRONG> I'm fortunate to have joined an exciting new startup in the Netherlands that shares my vision. I am excited to explore this new frontier where innovation and people come together, powered by the wonders of mixed reality. I cannot wait to share my findings and my journey with everyone. Today, I work on a lot of <A href="#" target="_self">Dynamics 365 Remote Assist</A> customer projects to help them infuse MR into their business, and there will be more mixed reality goodness to come!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>I hope you enjoyed my story and that my blog left you with some food for thought.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>#HumansofMixedReality</P> <P>#CareerJourney #ChangeManagement</P> Fri, 19 Feb 2021 17:09:15 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/mixed-reality-business/guest-blog-mixed-reality-and-the-human-component-of-innovation/ba-p/1952708 AlexandraPetty 2021-02-19T17:09:15Z