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(This is the final part 2 of the series about designing an enterprise app for Mixed Reality such as Microsoft HoloLens. The first post of the series is here.)

3. Impress With Location Awareness

Virtual people and objects interacting with your space

The first time you see a virtual person on your sofa casually talking is a definite WOW moment. Having people behaving realistically in an app is a considerable amount of work however, thus using vertical or horizontal surfaces (walls, tables, counters) creatively is a more effective way to impress users. A miniature map on a table, a bouncing ball off the wall, or a menu fixed onto a fridge can go a long way to impress. Continue reading Mixed Reality App Design: Best Practices 2

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(This is part 1 of the 2-part series about designing an enterprise app for Mixed Reality such as Microsoft HoloLens. Part 2 can be found here.)

Microsoft HoloLens, released March 2016, is still the world’s leading Mixed Reality platform. The freshly released Magic Leap One: Creator Edition will likely hold this honour until HoloLens 2 is released in 2019. HoloLens is geared towards custom enterprise solutions, which makes sense given the nascent phase of the Mixed Reality ecosystem.

Since most great design advances in the last few years have been made behind closed doors, the publicly available app that illustrates the best design principles for HoloLens by far the best is Fragments, a launch title from 2016 by the French game development studio Asobo. This article focuses on design lessons from Fragments for developing an enterprise app on HoloLens. Continue reading Mixed Reality App Design: Best Practices 1

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Magic Leap, founded in 2010, has been described as one of the most secretive startups. Before the announcement of Magic Leap One at the end of 2017 only a handful of very high quality videos had been launched alongside incredible promises from marketing. Operose Labs managed to get a pair of Magic Leap One glasses to see for ourselves if the device can live up to the hype and how it fares against the three year old Microsoft HoloLens.

Continue reading Testing Magic Leap One

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