The HoloLens is a spatial computer that understands the geometry of the space around you. The HoloLens constantly and automatically scans the environment in a 10-foot radius around you to build a rough mesh of its surroundings. It uses this mesh to place holograms in the space. Always adjust the fit of the HoloLens so you can see the display as clearly and completely as possible. If this is the HoloLens 2’s first time being used, check out the Microsoft Setup guide found here.
To turn on your HoloLens 2, press the Power button. The LED lights below the Power button display the battery level. Below is a table showing how your button presses effect the device:
Brightness controls are located at the top of the device near your left ear. Volume controls are located at the top of the device near your right ear. Brightness and volume can also be adjusted from the Shortcuts Menu. Rarely the HoloLens may not play out audible sound even with the volume set above 0. To fix this issue fully reboot the device.
The HoloLens 2 has multiple actions/gestures that you’re able to do. You can touch, use a hand ray, gaze, and air tap. For IMAJION, we currently use gestures from HoloLens 1 which is a gaze and air tap together.
Currently, the gaze for the IMAJION app uses the HoloLens 1 gaze where the center of the device is where the dot appears.
To air tap, hold your hand straight out in front of you in a loose fist, point your index finger straight up toward the ceiling, tap your finger down, and then quickly raise it back up again. You can see an example of how to do this below.
For a full dive into learning all Gestures within the HoloLens 2, we would recommend using the Tips app for the HoloLens 2 which teaches you the basic gestures and voice commands for the overall device.
The Start Menu will be your main method of navigating the HoloLens 2. To do this, you’ll simply need to look at one of your wrists and use your other hand to tap your wrist. You can see this done below:
Connecting to your Wi-Fi through the HoloLens 2 can be done during the initial setup. If it wasn’t, you can connect to the Wi-Fi by doing the following:
To download the IMAJION app on the HoloLens 2, please do the following:
Once downloaded, please open the app to login for the first time. As you can see, you’ll be using the gaze feature with air tapping. You’ll look at the letter you wish to select and tap. You’ll find a sample of this below. Once complete, tap ‘Next’
The toolbar is your personal space to utilize the IMAJION functionalities with the HoloLens 2. Lets go over them in detail:
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