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Microsoft HoloLens: Are we there yet?

I have been invited to attend the Empower Technical Summit of Microsoft at Gallagher Conference Centre on the 14th of June 2016. One of the new technologies that intrigued me, was Microsoft’s HoloLens.



In this video short presentation, the following uses of the HoloLens have been identified:

  • technologies are all around us
  • if we don’t, our students use it in all aspects of their lives
  • it enables us to do amazing things

But, the presenter identified even more. We can go beyond the screen to blend the digital world with the real world to create augmented realities if we use holograms. That will provide new ways to:

  • visualise our work
  • share ideas with each other
  • play
  • teach
  • learn (I love the example)
  • collaborate
  • explore the worlds we have never visited (walking on Mars)
  • create the things we imagine with a snap of a finger

According to the presenter:

If we can change the way we see the world, we can change the world we see

Therefore, I am adding a few videos to help us to see what have been done so far. In the following video a real person wears a HoloLens and wearable holograms to enter an augmented world where he has to fight holograms able to identify real objects in a real world to create strategies to fight a real person in his real world (Project X Ray).


The features of the HoloLens, its uses and potential uses are discussed in the following video.


I have also found the following video informative.



Windows 10 allows developers to develop new applications, therefore many holograms might soon be available to enrich our mode of delivery. However, the question remains:

Are we there? yet ….?



How to write more in an Excel cell

Basically, Excel caters for calculations.


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Therefore, it seems if cells can only be used for a limited amount of characters, depending on the breadth of the cell, which can be enlarged to fit more characters. However, you can insert more lines in a cell by following these steps:

  • Press alt+Enter (Windows) or
  • Press Alt+Option+Enter (Mac).
  • This will automatically set Wrap Text ON for the cell where you want to add more lines of text.


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Office Lens: An app for lecturers

Office Lens is a handy capture app that turns your iPad, tablet, iPhone and other smart phones into a pocket scanner.

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Office Lens is a new camera built into OneNote for iPads, iPhones and android phones.

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Microsoft shared the following video to introduce this app.


Office Lens allows you to capture:

  • photos
  • pictures of whiteboards
  • pictures of printed documents and
  • pictures of business cards.

Office Lens allows you to:

  • trim images
  • make pictures or whiteboards and documents readable
  • convert images to editable Word and Powerpoint files

Office Lens:

  • identifies printed text so that you can search by key word for images in OneNote and OneDrive
  • converts images of documents and whiteboard notes into Word documents, Powerpoint presentations, and PDF files for easy editing and reformatting
  • captures business cards and convert them into contact that can be added to your phone
  • inserts images to OneNote and OneDrive (as Docx, pptx, jpg or PDF) and
  • gives the option to save, export and share images.

You can also use Office lens to:

  • save the images as PDF’s
  • email images
  • or save images to your photo library (iOS).

PDF versions can be created to be shared via:

  • Whatsapp
  • Outlook (one image at a time)
  • Message
  • Mail
  • Gmail

PDF versions can be copied to:

  • OneDrive
  • iBooks
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Outlook
  • Mendeley
  • Onenote

PDF versions can also be:

  • Printed
  • Copied (Duplicated)

This FREE app can be downloaded from:

I will create a few tutorials for using this app, and links to them will be added here as soon as they are ready.