After Graduation…

I have a long to do list after graduation. I have a feeling that I’ll finish it in definitely less than 5-8 years and then I need to find purpose in life again. I created a long list of what to do on a sticky note on my desktop. To sum it all, it involves self-studying, travelling, and health.

Call me slow but…

I already know that I always had access to these ebooks for free through my student library but wow! There are so many great tech books! I’m going to make a list of books that I hope to finish and master someday.

  • OpenCV By Example
  • OpenCV Essentials
  • Mastering OpenCV Android Application Programming
  • OpenCV Android Programming By Example
  • OpenCV For Secret Agents
  • Computer Vision for the Web

There’s a lot more. But it’s 2:12, so I think I’ll leave it short.

Negative Review on Mircosoft’s Hololens

Don’t get me wrong.

The Hololens is great and negative reviews doesn’t mean it is absolutely horrible.

I believe everything in life has room for improvements. When I heard that the Hololens was only available to developers, that stirred my suspicions.

I Have The Right To Review

I believe that I have the right to make a review on the Hololens since I’ve been closely working with it for 72 hours straight as a software developer at Microsoft’s Holographic Hackathon in San Francisco at UploadVR. I’m not some random hater on the internet who is saying this all from doubt. I am using my experience to review.

Our team worked on creating a scanned static map of UploadVR’s room and letting users shrink and expand on voice command and track movements from other Hololens’ users in the room. We also had sticky features where we can share notes with any other users. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to integrate that feature.

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our team’s rough draft plan

We won the category of “Best Data Design”!

Limited Hand Gestures and Facial Recognition Not Included

My first exposure to the Hololens was through Youtube:

That was all the information that I had before I had the actual product in my hands.

I thought wow the Hololens can do anything?! Anything!? But wait, it’s $3000, so I didn’t bother to research any further since the price lost my interest.

During the hackathon, I expected facial and multiple hand gesture recognition since those technologies already exist. I had high expectations for the Hololens to do everything with the available technology that we currently have since it costs $3000.

Since I own a leapmotion, I thought it can recognize hand gestures similar to the leap.

Since Facebook has computer vision technology that recognizes faces pretty well. The idea of facial recognition being available also came from a Microsoft’s forums. Shortly before the developer release of the product, Microsoft made a forum for everyone to contribute app ideas for the Hololens and vote for the most popular one. One of the popular one was a project where there should be an app where it recognizes a person and make a note to the user who that person is, so a real-life Facebook profile.

No, it did not have any of that. There were only two recognized hand gestures: the bloom and tap. The bloom is where you have one hand in front of you, and you do this “mmnhh that’s a spicy meatball” gestsure and gracefully release all your fingers. The tap, like its name, is one index finger and tap as if your index is doing a body wave.

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dank meme?

Pretty limited hand gestures and disappointed that there wasn’t facial/body recognition.

Spatial Mapping Technical Issues

The great feature about the Hololens is spatial mapping. Spatial mapping is needed fo hologram to know where they want to be in real-life space. Every time Hololens start, there is visible scan that’s spatial mapping working its magic to see your space.

Our team heavily relied on spatial mapping for our UploadVR room map. However, whoever uploads our app, they have to remember where to stand in the same place they  uploaded their project because the Hololens is the position origin (0,0,0) coordinate in its spatial space. This can be troublesome because another developer who is really tall stands at 0,0,0 and it switches to another developer who is significantly shorter, the spatial mapping won’t collaborate correctly. So, someone else is doing most of the development instead of the whole group because of height issues. Make sure you form a Hololens group with people of same height as them! haha

Odd Error?

There are times hololens opens multiple blank windows for some odd reason.

Hologram Resolution

For first timers the image resolution might be disappointing, I thought it would be HD like the videos but that’s just the camera lol when you wear it image quality is like 480p.

Concluding Thoughts

Yes, the Hololens was really fun, but definitely not ready for the public. A person with a technical background is best suited to use it.

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Day 2

I heard the Meta is the same as Hololens but better. Meta can recognize any hand gestures and let you interact with the Holograms. It’s not getting as much media attention as Hololens due to Microsoft’s close community.

I would love to try out a Meta.

˘\_( õ ‹3 ó)_/˘ MK

“Meh-Row-Koh-Day” Introduction

Good afternoon,

It’s 6 minutes till 13:00, so good afternoon! (*≧▽≦)

I go by my pen name, “Mero Kode”. Mero is fine.

Purpose

I’m creating a personal blog. This is a space for me to express everything that I love and hopefully make a living for doing what I love, so I’ll be experimenting with this corner until content is good.

If I had to make categories for my life then I would label it as technology, art, travel, foreign languages, health, and philosophy.

Technology

I’m majoring in computer science. I will be graduating on May 2017. The type of technology that I’m interested are virtual/augmented/mixed reality, game development, and Android.

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Microsoft Holographic Hackathon June 2016

Art

I’m really interested in 3D modeling and UX design for art. Every time I create a project, I don’t have art to make my project more user friendly. Aside from technical art, I practice makeup, specifically partial-uneven monolid makeup and fashion. I do photography too!

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A corner bookmark that I made in Jan 3, 2013. The character is a gremlin pet from the Nexon game, Vindictus.

Travel

I’ve travelled to New York City (NY, USA), Boise (ID, USA), San Francisco Bay Area (CA, USA), Los Angeles County (CA,USA), San Diego (CA, USA), Toisan (China),  and Japan.

The above image is my favorite from Japan. It’s a serene peaceful night in the residential area that I stayed near the Shinjuku-Higashi station.

I like adventures such as hiking, strolling on the beach, and wandering around bustling cities.

I’m hit with wanderlust! (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧

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JFK Airport

Foreign Languages

My native languages are English, Taishanese, and Cantonese.

I understand some Japanese. I would say my level might be N1 but I didn’t take the test (yet) so I’m not sure. Currently, I’m self-studying French on Duolingo. I’m at 5% fluency. I can’t wait for the Japanese one to release from beta!

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forgot how to write “How are you?” in French

Health

Diet is hard. Very hard. I’m trying to be vegetarian and exercise at the gym at least 20 minutes everyday.

Last two summers, I tried weight lifting and that was so awesome! In 50 days of simple diet and around 40-60 minutes of weightlifting and cardio, there were visible and drastic results. I also like cooking at home!

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my massive bulging muscles lol jk

Philosophy

I believe that have a strong foundation of philosophy in life will get you far especially when you take action on your words. So, I’ll be doing self-reflection about my life, but I won’t be forcing  you to learn from my mistakes on my morals. Instead see it is mostly talk from my point of view.

 

What You Will Gain From This Blog

I’m more of a practical person, so I want to reflect that from my blog. I will be mostly giving honest tips and advice from own experience and how others can benefit to learn from my mistakes and gains.

I like to keep my words short and to the point, but there are downsides to doing that. I don’t like to float around the subject and get straight to it, so I can appear to be a bit harsh or brutally honest on posts, so do not take to heart and take it with a grain of salt.

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(*´▽`*)MK