This article was written by Nick Hughes, an avid contributor in the extended reality space 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. Missed watching Nick's Microsoft Reactor session on "Storytelling: Effective Sharing MR" in April? Watch the recording here!
The whole extended reality space is vast, fluid, and sometimes foolish to try to define. 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.
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “This guy is probably a Microsoft partner or some industry expert in mixed reality.” I assure you that two years ago I was running network cables down soot-covered walls in a foundry.
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 humanly digestible form. This is going to land right in your backyard.
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. When I found the HoloLens, I couldn’t stop imagining all the business applications and use case scenarios. 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.
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.
Extended reality is here to stay! There is no doubt about it. Believe me - if you don’t get on board now, you’ll be ten years behind in just three years.
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. @TheNerdNick #doSomethingGreatToday #XR
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