It was an extraordinary three days at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Thousands descended to talk about our increasingly augmented world. Founders, creators, entrepreneurs, investors, creatives, corporates, students, and startups lead and participated in robust conversations focused on AR Cloud, blockchain, and storytelling in AR.
I was impressed by the new Epson mixed reality glasses. The field of view was 23-degrees, but what I loved was the comfort level. And there were some really interesting companies, the vast majority building products and services in the Future of Work categories of healthcare, retail, security and marketing.
Some of the companies I found most impressive: @obsessVR@PerioSim @Xeste.io @CameraIQ #NeuroRehabVR #WallAR.
AWE announced they’ve added a conference in Israel this Fall.
I’m about 32-thousand feet in the air flying over middle America heading to San Francisco to the Augmented World Expo (AWE) conference. It’s an enormous gathering, thousands of people will be descending from around the world to talk about, learn, network with people focused in some way on augmented reality and virtual reality among so many other emerging technology. This is heaven for those of use pushing these new technologies into products and lobbying for roads to commercialization. I will be leading a fireside chat with engineer and venture capitalist Nathanial Krasnoff of Wildcat Ventures where we talk about who’s making AR, who should be and what it’s going to take to win. Stay tuned for a recap.
“When can I make some artificial intelligence?” she asked.
My daughter recently opened a conversation asking when she could start making artificial intelligence (AI). It was a Sunday evening and she was finishing some homework around 7:30p.m.; work that couldhave easily been done on Saturday, but I digress.I had an idea of where this was heading, but wanting to make sure, I asked why she wanted to know.Head down, pencil moving, without missing a beat, she says, “I want to know when I can make some AI to do my math homework, all of it at once.”
Aright then. Siobhan is nine. Was I surprised by this question, no. She sees AI in shows online and reads about it fictional worlds and in her non-fiction books on her ipad. She understands the basics, this thing called AI can, does and will make her life easier.
And she’s thinking about ways to speed up that process, for applications that will help her out right now. She may be young, but she’s hardly alone. From students to CEOs, millions of people right now, today are thinking about what AI is or can be, how to use it, when and increasingly, more importantly who can make.
This conversation with my daughter is taking place in a home shared with two robots-Dash and MiP, two SKYKING Mini Drones, iPhones, iPads, a Samsung Gear VR headset, Samsung Galaxy phones and an assortment of other pieces of technology; some of which did not exist on the consumer market even 5 years ago. We are living in the future right now. These emerging technologies have working applications. They work and thousands and thousands all over the world are working to make them work better. And while it’s real hard to imagine what will be hanging out in our homes ten years from now, we do know the tech is developing rapidly. To put it all in context lets not forget the iPhone was born to consumers in 2007, barely eleven years ago.
While we wrestle with the continuum of mixed emotions that change often triggers, let’s not forget that right now, today, we are living parts of what the future will bring.
Can you imagine this? Your hand open, palm up and suddenly with your finger tips you have access to anything you have right now, today in your smartphone? This is a prototype from Leap Motion, VR/AR developers out of San Francisco. Click here to read the full article. But before you go, check out this video. I could watch it all day!
It’s exciting to see converging technologies- in this case #AR and #Wearables- converge into a potential utility application. Thank you Keiichi Matsuda, the creative director and VP of design who is developing this. This application, tool, feels like a lovely path to commercialization.
It’s 2018. The new year has come, but we have no idea where this road is going to take us; which is exciting. Steadily, every year the past three, I’ve witnessed increased interest, engagement, activity and work in emerging tech experiments and products. May there be many more in the year to come.