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.
HoloLens - outdoor and industrial use
Once you begin working with HoloLens, you quickly discover that it doesn't really work outside. There are several issues, but one rises above all - the bright light problem.
Bright and white backgrounds, such as fresh snow, make HoloLens close to unusable - holograms simply do not display against them.
Additionally, you might have developed a solid prototype for your industrial client, just to discover that it cannot be used outside your lab due to the safety regulations - HoloLens is not hard-hat compatible.
Our team has developed the solutions for hard hats and bright light. The solutions are not intrusive, and can be used with any stock HoloLens units. We have field-tested our 3D printed prototype and found that they work as expected. We are presently readying our tools for a production manufacturing run and wanted to gauge interest from other HoloLens developers.
If you've run into the same limitations and need a path forward, let us know. We hope to solicit sufficient interest to justify a manufacturing run, which can be for the benefit of the HoloLens community at large.