So, I got pretty pumped about Microsoft’s Hololens. So much so, in fact, that I managed to register for Build 2015. I’ve known I’d jump on the Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality bandwagon some day (the tune’s pretty impressive if you listen closely), and really, reflecting on the matter, I was waiting for it to mature to the point where I was willing to engage with it.
I’m confident that my impulse towards such things is not unconnected to the nature of my Grandfather (it would be really cool to make his paintings immersive and navigable). I’ve got lots of very intriguing artworks that I’d like to make, but I could never reconcile myself with paint and canvas. Too… much… ancient.
Anyway, obviously I can’t get my hands on a Hololens quite yet but I wanted to get ready for when I can. How? Start programming for the Kinect, I figured. I kind of assume that Microsoft is going to use a similar design philosophy between the two since they stated that the Kinect was their road to the Hololens.
In any case, it took some doing. First of all, I didn’t have a Kinect. Secondly, the Kinect V2 actually requires Windows 8 and I was running 7.
Blah, it’s a long story of boring tech challenges that included having to literally rip my laptop screen apart (plastic flew and blood flowed and you can see what I’m talking about in the image [this is the sole non-boring detail]) so that I could replace some parts so that I could install Windows 8 so that I could install the SDK so that I could play.
But none of that is the point of this post, which is to create a sort of monument to the newest iteration of my workspace/holodeck lab. Some people take pictures of their face each day for years. That’s really interesting and I’ve thought of doing it myself. On the same note, I’ve been taking pictures of my workspaces for years (not every day, although that would likely be revealing). It’s interesting to see them/it evolve. Who even knows if the sky’s the limit for such a pregnant space/concept/role.
Now, mind you, I’ve watched some YouTube videos of people showing their workspaces, practically jerking their electronics off onto their furniture as they went (“And over here you can see my Gold Exclusive Version 15 Flippetywidget, and over there my Platinum Spectral Wank-Wonk…”), and it literally depressed me and threatened to ruin my mood of an evening. All I’d wanted were good layout ideas. I felt like I’d made a horrible mistake in a Google image search.
I just want to be clear that although I like my monitors, for instance, it is because they create walls of text in front of me. I like electronics and stuff-in-general just to the degree that they manage to serve as ice to the figure skates of my creativity.
You can see the Kinect up in top right corner, peering down on where I sit, waiting for me to tell it how to interpret my gestures.
Pavlov‘s fretting in the background, concerned about a squirrel that’s one layer too deep for this depiction. So many layers, foregrounds, backgrounds, Magrittian grounds…
Here’s the (IR depth) view from the other side: