getting the Vuforia Sample App to work with HoloLens


Vuforia have put together a sample app so you can have a go in HoloLens.

To get it going quickly I downloaded the vuforia samples eyewear 6.2.6 under the Digital Eyewear section and unzipped.

I imported this package and the latest holotoolkit package (because the setup and build is idiot-proof more than anything else).

I only cared about the actual scene above so selected Vuforia-2-HoloLens to include in the build.

I entered my newly acquired license key.

Then I built, and deployed to the HoloLens.  Then all I got was nothing. After repeating this a few times I realised I’d been silly – I need something for it to recognise.

So then I went hunting for the images that are referenced in the sample and found them here. Then I made a quick dash over to my parents place because I don’t have a colour printer and it didn’t work with black and white or just using my laptop.

Then I laid them out on the table and ran and tada…teapots.

For me there were a few lessons here…

  • Bad doco – although it’s kinda obvious later…the doco never mentioned having to print or providing a link to the file.
  • Bad UI – The UI is black. There’s no feedback so it feels like you’ve broken something. If it had a really big cursor at least I’d know it was working.