Hello everyone.

We have decided to phase out the Mixed Reality Forums over the next few months in favor of other ways to connect with us.

The first way we want to connect with you is our mixed reality developer program, which you can sign up for at https://aka.ms/IWantMR.

The plan between now and the beginning of May is to clean up old, unanswered questions that are no longer relevant. The forums will remain open and usable.

On May 1st we will be locking the forums to new posts and replies. They will remain available for another three months for the purposes of searching them, and then they will be closed altogether on August 1st.

So, where does that leave our awesome community to ask questions? Well, there are a few places we want to engage with you. For technical questions, please use Stack Overflow, and tag your questions using either hololens or windows-mixed-reality. If you want to join in discussions, please do so in the HoloDevelopers Slack, which you can join by going to https://aka.ms/holodevelopers. And always feel free to hit us up on Twitter @MxdRealityDev.

Can HoloLens recognize a specific device (tube lights, fans etc.)

The app will recognize a specific device and show menu to perform different operations. Please advise how it can be done?


  • Check the iOT forums how to connect the home automation/smartdevices to windows 10. There are 2 standards which I can not recall the names now.

  • For HLens to recognize a specific device - you can use computer vision techniques to recognize shapes and rudimentary objects like tables, chairs, balls, and most likely fans etc. However to recognize more specific things light tube lights compared to some other light will require custom Machine Learning algorithms that you and your team must figure out.

    You can use Open CV with C# to handle the object recognition.

    As far as connecting to IOT, @HoloDevices is speaking of AllJoyn, Z-Wave, MQTT, CoAP, there's too many to list.

    Dwight Goins
    CAO & Founder| Independent Architect | Trainer and Consultant | Sr. Enterprise Architect
    MVP | MCT | MCSD | MCPD | SharePoint TS | MS Virtual TS |Windows 8 App Store Developer | Linux Gentoo Geek | Raspberry Pi Owner | Micro .Net Developer | Kinect For Windows Device Developer

  • Thanks Dwight. missed "obj recognition".

  • edited September 2016

    Thanks for advise.
    At the moment, we do not have HoloLens device and expecting to receive it in a couple of weeks. So just wondering if HoloLens can read a QR code from distance around 10 meters.
    As Dwight suggested, we would be looking into custom Machine Learning Algorithm. But just to start, we may club QR code scanning with shape recognition.
    Also, please comment if this will be a nice idea?

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