#Windows10 – New Windows #MixedReality Portal

Hola ! Una de las novedades que incopora la última versión de Windows 10 Insiders es “Windows Mixed Reality Portal”. Ya tenemos una herramienta más para la plataforma de Windows Holographic. Nota: Para ver esta app necesitamos la Build 15048 o alguna superior. Pues bien, lo ideal para probar esta herramienta es tener uno de los […]

Hello!

Windows Mixed Reality Portal is a new tool included in the latest version of Windows 10 Insiders. Another one for the Holographic Windows platform toolset.

Note: To test this app you need Build 15048 or higher.

So, the best way to test this tool is to have one of the new Windows Holographic compatible devices (e.g. Acer MR Headset). In the meantime, but we can try it out using a Simulator features, a keyboard and optionally an XBox Controller.

These are the steps to launch the Simulator

1. Search for the “Mixed Reality Portal” App

 

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2. Launch the App

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4. No problem, let’s use the Simulation mode

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5. Let’s start to learn on the features inside this App.

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After I’ve used the app for a while, I’ll highlight a couple of interesting details:

  • We have the Start Menu of Windows 10 we know of Hololens
  • The app XBox seems to me that we can play in virtual/mixed environments, broadcasting from our XBox One.
  • I think simulation environment is the same “core” Hololens, we can see that only apps can be active at the same time 3.
  • This is important, we have the app for Windows 10 Connect that allows us to connect other devices via Miracast. This means that we can “project” our smartphone, another computer, etc within the virtual world! (link)

At this moment, I found a video that shows all the step by step in 7 minutes and I think that it’s worth seeing it!

 

 

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno

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#Windows10 – Probando Windows #MixedReality Portal

Hola !

Una de las novedades que incopora la última versión de Windows 10 Insiders es “Windows Mixed Reality Portal”. Ya tenemos una herramienta más para la plataforma de Windows Holographic.

Nota: Para ver esta app necesitamos la Build 15048 o alguna superior.

Pues bien, lo ideal para probar esta herramienta es tener uno de los nuevos devices compatibles con Windows Holographic (por ejemplo el Acer MR Headset), aunque lo podemos probar con el simulador y un teclado.

Los pasos para lanzar el simulador son los siguientes

1. Buscar la app “Mixed Reality Portal”

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2. Ya podemos lanzar la app

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3.  En mi caso, estoy esribiendo esto desde una “PC Vieja” y no paso los requisitos mínimos para ejecutar la App. clipboard03

4. Sin embargo, puedo configurar el modo Simulación.

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5. Ahora ya podemos lanzar el modo simulación y comenzar a ver que trae el mismo.clipboard06

Después de probarlo un rato, vy a resaltar un par de detalles interesantes:

  • Tenemos el Start Menu de Windows 10 que conocemos de Hololens
  • La app XBox promeee que podremos jugar en entornos virtuales / mixtos, transmitiendo desde nuestra XBox One.
  • Me parece que el entorno de simulación es el mismo “core” que Hololens, lo podemos ver en que las apps solo pueden estar 3 activas a la vez.
  • Esta es importante, tenemos la app de Connect de Windows 10 que nos permite conectar vía Miracast otros devices. Esto significa que podemos “proyectar” nuestro smartphone, otro ordenador, etc dentro del mundo virtual ! (link)

Justo en este momento, encontré un video de  que nos muestra todo el paso a paso en 7 minutos y creo que vale la pena verlo !

 

Saludos @ Toronto

El Bruno

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#Windows10 – ARM, Qualcomm and this video will blow your mind !

Hi !

If you are reading news in internet, you probably already have seen this video.

Now, the hype is gone. A lot of people make some weird assumptions, and maybe is time to share some real facts.

  • This is not the 1st version of 10 Windows which can run on ARM, we already ave  W10 Mobile and Windows 10 IoT Core (Raspberry PI?)
  • The main difference is: this is the 1st time we have full Windows 10 experience on ARM
  • Qualcomm announced the processor family for SnapDragon 835, will start being released on the 1st half of 2017
  • Qualcomm announced that the 1st Windows 10 devices will be in the 2017 H2
  • There is still no real details about the capabilities of X86 emulation on ARM. Is best to be cautious and not assume that all Desktop Apps will work on ARM
  • X64 emulation is unknown
  • Creators Update will arrive in March 2017, 10 Windows for ARM version will arrive later

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno

#VS2015 – #Windows10 native API for #FaceDetection

Hi !

Among the new APIs that brings Windows 10 to work with images we found one quite interesting: Windows.Media.FaceAnalysis. The name already tells us the functionality of this API: face detection.

Using this library, we have several ways of working with it. For example, in the FaceDetector class, we have a DetectFacesAsync() operation that using a SoftwareBitmap, performs an analysis on this image and returns an array with the collection of detected faces.

Another way of using it is to associate it with an instance of MediaCapture(), which is the class that we usually use to access the camera in Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10. The following example shows as a time to initialize the MediaCapture, we can add a new ‘effect’ (line 75) with a FaceDetectionEffectDefinition, for the detection of faces.

 

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Then we can set other options as the frequency in which we want to perform the analysis, and subscribe to an event for each detected face (line 80).

In upcoming posts I will share an example use of a Universal Windows App using this feature.

Saludos @ Madrid

-El Bruno

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#VS2015–Windows Universal Apps in #FullScreen or #CustomSize mode

Hello!

To get to some users to use Windows Universal Apps sometimes can be a challenge. Therefore, tasks such as managing the FullScreen mode or set a specific size in a window are important stuff to add into our apps.

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The following lines of code show how to change state Full Screen to normal state and define a specific size for our application.

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The app running as an example in the attached video and source code on GitHub https://github.com/elbruno/Blog/tree/master/WindowFullScreenAndCustomSize

Greetings @ Madrid

-El Bruno

#Windows10 – Using #KinectV2 for authentication with #WindowsHello

Hello!

While I hope that fall into my hands a Surface Book or a Surface Pro 4, one of the new features that wanted to try was Windows Hello. Windows Hello, is part of a new set of libraries on Windows 10 [Windows.Devices.Perception]

Within this namespace we can find a series of UWP APIs that allow us to access information that we already know developing for Kinect as depth, infrared, color cameras, and metadata. With this information, we have a solid base to perform actions of Computer Vision and enable the identification process using faces, that is Windows Hello.

The new Microsoft Phone, 4 Surface and Surface Book, already includes the necessary hardware to work these features cone. There are also cameras certified Intel Real Sense F200, to access Windows Hello.

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Kinect V2 is not a certificated device (yet), but there are some tricks that we can use it as part of Windows Hello. For this we have to enable the distribution of test drivers for Windows 10. This is accomplished with an entry in the Windows registry:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DriverFlighting\Partner]”TargetRing”=”Drivers”

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If you are not used to working with the Windows registry, in the references section there is a link where they explain the step by step to create this entry.

Once enabled access to the drivers of partners, we need to update the Microsoft Kinect. Open the Device Manager (Windows + X, Device Manager) and update the drivers for the “Kinect Sensor Devices” section. Select “WDF KinectSensor Interface 0” and select “Update Driver Software…

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The update process will download the Kinect driver for Windows V2 version 2.1.1511.11000 (or may be higher in near updates updates).

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In the most usual Windows style, now is time to reboot.

The, to enable Windows Hello, we must now

  • Settings > Accounts
  • In Sign-In Options now we’ll se the Windows Hello option enabled

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With only 3 steps we can configure Window Hello to use our face

  • Welcome to Windows Hello

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  • Face Setup

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  • Done

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And now just leave it active to work always  😉

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Greetings @ Madrid

-El Bruno

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#WINDOWS10 – #WindowsHello con #KinectV2

Hola!

Mientras espero que caiga en mis manos un Surface Book o una Surface Pro 4, una de las new features que tenía ganas de probar era Windows Hello. Windows Hello, es parte de un nuevo set de libraries en Windows [Windows.Devices.Perception]

Dentro de este namespace podemos encontrar una serie de APIs para UWP que nos permiten acceder a información que ya conocemos de Kinect como depth, infrared, color cameras y metadata. Con esta información tenemos una base sólida para realizar acciones de Computer Vision y habilitar el proceso de identificación utilizando rostros de Windows Hello.

En los nuevos Microsoft Phone, Surface 4 y Surface Book, ya se incluye el hardware necesario para trabajar cone estas features. También existen cámaras certificadas como la Intel Real Sense F200, para tener acceso a Windows Hello.

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Kinect V2 no es un device certificado (aún), pero hay algunos trucos con los que podemos utilizarlo como parte de Windows Hello. Para esto tenemos que habilitar la distribución de drivers de prueba para Windows 10. Esto se logra con una entrada en el registro de Windows en:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DriverFlighting\Partner]”TargetRing”=”Drivers”

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Si no estás acostumbrado a trabajar con el registro de Windows, en las referencias hay un link donde explican el paso a paso para crear esta entrada.

Una vez habilitado el acceso a los drivers de partners, tenemos que actualizar los de Microsoft Kinect. Abrimos el Device Manager (Windows + X , Device Manager) y actualizamos los drivers para la sección “Kinect Sensor Devices“. Seleccionamos “WDF KinectSensor Interface 0” y seleccionamos “Update Driver Software …

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El proceso de actualización descargará el driver Kinect for Windows V2 versión 2.1.1511.11000 ( o puede ser superior si hay actualizaciones).

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Al mejor estilo Windows, ahora es momento de reiniciar. Para habilitar Windows Hello, ahora debemos

  • Acceder a Settings > Accounts
  • En la sección Sign-In Options veremos habilitada la opción Windows Hello

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Con solo 3 pasos configuramos Window Hello para que utilice nuestro rostro

  • Welcome to Windows Hello

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  • Face Setup

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  • Done

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Y ahora solo queda dejarlo activo para que funcione siempre 😉

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Saludos @ Madrid

-El Bruno

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#WINDOWS10 – W10 #IoT Core update and new deploy process

Hola!

New post for Windows 10 and Raspberry Pi 2 series

1. Hardware and software

2. Boot from SD card in the device (obsolete)

3. Hello World mode!

4. Visual Studio deployment process and Web Management app

5. Hello Blinky !!!

6. Some admin tasks, like change password and change name

7. List of connected devices in the Raspberry Pi 2

8. Deploy an app using the deploy package

9. Different behaviors for an App based on the app architecture

10. WindowsIoTCoreWatcher.exe does not start and how fix it

11. W10 #IoT Core update and new deploy process

A couple of days ago, there was an important update on the Windows IoT Core materials. If you are using Windows 10 and Raspberry Pi 2, you should update your local installation files and also review the deploy process for the SD Card *the one I described some months ago in the 2nd link).

Now you must perform the following steps

– Download the new ISO from this link.

– Mount the ISO, I get the F: disk 😉

– Run the msi file – installer

– If you already have tested this new Windows IoT core version, you’ll get the following message

Another version of this product is already installed. Installation of this version cannot continue. To configure or remove the existing version of this product, use Add/Remove Programs on the Control Panel.

– Is time to remove the old files

– And Start the installation of the new bits for Windows 10 Core Installer for Raspberry Pi 2

– Once the installation is complete, a cool tip is to remember the installation path [c:Program Files (x86)Microsoft IoT]

– Now we can create a new Windows 10 IoT Core image in the SD card for the Raspberry Pi 2. We need to launch the app WindowsIotImageHelper, which is “available” in the Installed programs section on the new Windows 10 Start Menu !!!

– I prefer to go directly to the installation path [c:Program Files (x86)Microsoft IoT] and launch the app.

– So, let’s select our SD card, and also we must select the correct image to be used from [C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft IoTFFURaspberryPi2flash.ffu]

– You have to be brave enough to go on …

– The app … launches the commands in a command prompt 😉

– And a couple of seconds later, we have a the new Windows 10 IoT core image in the SD to be used in our Raspberry PI 2

Saludos @ Madrid

/El Bruno

References

– Windows IoT Devices http://ms-iot.github.io/content/en-US/GetStarted.htm

– Windows IoT Core Project Templates https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/06507e74-41cf-47b2-b7fe-8a2624202d36

– VIDEO English, Microsoft Virtual Academy, A developers Guide to Windows 10 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/a-developers-guide-to-windows-10

– VIDEO Spanish, Windows 10 Developer Readiness [Spain] https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/MVP-Virtual-Conference/Windows-10-Developer-Readiness-Powered-by-MVPs/Spain

#WINDOWS10 – Actualización en W10 IoT Core y nuevo proceso de instalación

Hola!

Nuevo post para la serie de Windows 10 y Raspberry Pi 2

1. Hardware y software

2. Montando la SD en el device (obsolete)

3. Ahora si el Hello World !

4. Sobre el proceso de despliegue desde VS y Web Management app

5. Hello Blinky !!! (5 de N)

6. Acciones de administrador, cambiar Password, cambiar nombre, etc.

7. Accediendo a los Devices conectados

8. Desplegando una app desde un paquete

9. Diferentes comportamientos en base arquitectura de la app

10. Solucionar el problema de arranque de WindowsIoTCoreWatcher.exe

11. Actualización en W10 IoT Core y nuevo proceso de instalación

Hace un par de días, se actualizaron los materiales de Windows IoT Core. Si trabajas con Windows 10 y Raspberry Pi 2, es muy probable que los pasos que sigas para montar la SD de booteo de tu device sean los que comento en el 2do link. Ahora estos han cambiado y son los siguientes

– Descargar la ISO desde este link.

– Montar la ISO como un disco local, en mi caso el disco F

– Lanzar el instalador

– Si estas probando versiones de prueba, seguramente te pedirán que desinstales las anteriores con el siguiente mensaje

Another version of this product is already installed. Installation of this version cannot continue. To configure or remove the existing version of this product, use Add/Remove Programs on the Control Panel.

– Pues a desinstalar

– Ahora sí, ya podemos instalar Windows 10 Core Installer para Raspberry Pi 2

– Es importante recordar el path de instalación por defecto [c:Program Files (x86)Microsoft IoT]

– Ahora ya podemos lanzar el asistente para grabar la tarjeta SD para utilizar en la Raspberry Pi 2. El mismo se llama WindowsIotImageHelper. Se puede acceder desde la lista de programas instalados

– O en el path de instalación por defecto [c:Program Files (x86)Microsoft IoT] veremos el ejecutable.

– Insertamos nuestra tarjeta SD y seleccionamos la ubicación por defecto de la imagen para el disco [C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft IoTFFURaspberryPi2flash.ffu]

– Un par de advertencias para cobardes

– Y vemos que en realidad esta app, lanza los comandos que conocemos

– Un par de segundos después, ya podemos poner la SD en nuestra Raspberry PI 2 y comenzar a probar el nuevo Windows 10 IoT Core

Saludos @ Madrid

/El Bruno

References

– Windows IoT Devices http://ms-iot.github.io/content/en-US/GetStarted.htm

– Windows IoT Core Project Templates https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/06507e74-41cf-47b2-b7fe-8a2624202d36

– VIDEO English, Microsoft Virtual Academy, A developers Guide to Windows 10 http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/a-developers-guide-to-windows-10

– VIDEO Spanish, Windows 10 Developer Readiness [Spain] https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/MVP-Virtual-Conference/Windows-10-Developer-Readiness-Powered-by-MVPs/Spain

#WINDOWS10 – Scroll on inactive Windows when the mouse hover them

Hola!

Update: David comment that this feature is also available in Windows 8, now we have the choice to enable or disable this feature.

After a couple of Windows 10 posts, today I get a tricky question

Choose the coolest feature in Windows 10?

As I said, is a tricky question, there are plenty of cool stuff in Windows 10, but I was requested to choose the “coolest one”. Then I remember about a new feature which is not very popular, but is very useful. Take a look at the following video and try to find it:

Do you got it? The calculator is always the selected app, however when I hover over the browser I can scroll in this app:

Now we can scroll on inactive Windows when the mouse hover them.

You can enable or disable this feature in Settings, in the section [Devices // Mouse] changing the value of “Scroll inactive Windows when I hover them

So that’s it, a Friki tip on Windows 10 !!!

Saludos @ Madrid

/El Bruno

References

– Windows 10, Delay en Snipping Tool https://elbruno.com/2015/08/03/windows10-delay-en-snipping-tool-especialmente-util-para-menus-contextual/

– Windows 10, Use Xbox app for Screen Recording https://elbruno.com/2015/08/04/windows10-howto-use-xbox-app-to-perform-screenrecording/