HoloLens: Inception – The real world within mixed reality

Disclaimer: I’m not on the HoloLens team This week the HoloLens team announced SpectatorView which addresses three key scenarios, including allowing an audience to view what the HoloLens wearer sees on a 2D screen.  This offers a professional grade solution to video capture the holographic content and video stream it in real-time to an external screen.  Essentially the…


Ready Player One: Bringing a 1990s 2D game to the HoloLens – Nibbles remastered

Now I’m not a HoloLens team member – but recently I’ve been using the device to develop and test an old 1990s classic game “Nibbles” in 2D. A while ago, I remastered the QBasic sample game “Nibbles”, known to many by the name of snake.  This is not a full rewrite, but it utilises some of our latest…


Windows Store: Error updating package – Invalid package family name

If you see this error when trying to update an existing application in the Windows Store, chances are that your appmanfest is incorrect. Invalid package family name: {yourpackagename}(expected: {yourpackagename}) Invalid package publisher name: CN={yourpublishername} (expected: CN={yourpublishername}) What you need to do is get the correct cert details to use within the package.appmanifest.  Thankfully, Visual Studio can…

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Building a physical bot using the BotFramework #FreddyTheFishBot @FutureDecoded 2016

Yesterday, at the end of my talk on the botframework with Simon Michael at FutureDecoded, I unveiled my latest BotFramework creation.  This was a fun project that showcases how you can take a bot from the digital world into the physical world using the technologies that were all covered as part of the Artificial Intelligence…


UWP Build error: Cannot find type System.ComponentModel.TypeConverter in module System.dll

Within VS 2015 I got the following error in a UWP project and didn’t find the error message that helpful: Cannot find type System.ComponentModel.TypeConverter in module System.dll In the error window displayed this: The output window showed this: C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\WindowsXaml\v14.0\8.2\Microsoft.Windows.UI.Xaml.Common.targets(352,5): Xaml Internal Error error WMC9999: Cannot find type System.ComponentModel.TypeConverter in module System.dll. Resolution The actual error was caused…


Windows 10, UWP and Nibbles on the big screen (Surface Hub)

Recently, at the Premier Support for Developers DevBriefing 2016 conference at the Microsoft Campus in the UK, I was showcasing the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform on the Surface Hub.  This gave me the opportunity to deploy and test my Nibbles UWP (aka Snake) game for the first time on such a big screen. Again, it…


Windows 10 IoT Core, Raspberry Pi and UWP

I recently updated a Windows Phone 8.1 Application to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), largely so that I could target tablets and touch-based laptops (not just the phone).  This application works with specific models of Sony digital cameras and allows you to use your phone, tablet or PC to wirelessly control the camera.  To do this the camera…