Handy USB-C Hub for Surface Book 2

I recently wrote about the video connections that I use with my Surface Book 2, and this included the almost impossible connection with my Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset. Well, I now have a neat solution provided by uniAccessories , from whom I have purchased a handy little hub via their kickstarter. This rugged, but small, USB-C 6-in-1 hub allows me to connect the USB 3.0 and HDMI cables to the single USB-C port on my  Surface Book 2.

This is actually 6-in-1 hub, so I get even more than my original needs! This is the full spec:

  • SD: UHS-1, speed up to 104MB/s
  • MicroSD: UHS-1, speed up to 104MB/s
  • USB3.0: Data transfer speed up to 5Gbps; Charging up to 5V@0.9A
  • USB2.0: Data transfer speed up to 480Mbps; Charging up to 5V@0.9A
  • USB-C: Power Delivery, up to 100W(note: data transfer not supported)
  • HDMI: Resolution up to 4K@30Hz

This hub is certainly going to be very useful!

My #SurfaceBook 2 video connections

I was tidying up my office recently, and came across an old magazine cover that I was on back in 1992. In those days, I was a consultant for a company called Isicad, and I am working on a £30,000+ Unix workstation. I have a small monitor for the Unify database on the left, and a large CRT monitor the CAD system, and a tablet with a stylus for interaction with the drawing. I also had more hair than I do now, which probably started going when I turned up to do some demos in Milan on a workstation that was supplied by the German arm of the company … only they didn’t leave a built one … just loads of boxes with parts, and that also included the circuit boards! I had to build it afresh whilst being instructed over the phone, and with my foot firmly hooked around the radiator because I didn’t have an earthing strap! Well, that picture started me thinking about my current workstation, which is a £3,000 Microsoft Surface Book 2, and how I have to connect to video displays nowadays!

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Immersive #MixedReality is coming to #Visio

I used to be a building architect that worked with 3D modelling, and then I worked for a CAD company that sold expensive systems much more easily when its 3D capabilities where demonstrated, rather than the then revolutionary database-linking was shown. The reality was that the 3D was barely used in practice because it was seen as a nice to have, rather than an essential. The data-linking to 2D was its core capability, but it was difficult to setup and customise. It was the ability of Visio graphics to link to data, and the ease with which it could be customised, that caused me to switch to using Visio back in the 90’s.

We have come a long way since then, and Microsoft have stated that Mixed Reality is one of its three main bets, along with Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing. So, at #MSIgnite we saw many previews of the virtual future, including:

Intro to Microsoft Layout

Visio Immersive: Visio in 3D and Mixed Reality

ImmersiveVisio

The first video explains the difference between Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, and  Virtual Reality very well. It also introduces the preview add-in for Visio that allows you to export diagrams into the 3D world.

The second video demonstrates how the 3D export from Visio works along with a couple of example immersive demos of a factory floor and an office. Visio is used to diagram more than the measured world, so it is just as easy to export a network diagram, process flows or organisation charts, for example.

The far right of the diagram above from the Visio session shows the intent to provide overlaying data in these 3D environments. Now this could be big, and provides an easy way to create a digital twin.

Exporting to 3D from Visio is not new, for example the excellent 3D Visioner, but the might of Microsoft will be stiff competition.

I haven’t got an MR headset yet, so I am hoping that there will be some flash sales soon….

 

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