DAQRI – The LA-Based Augmented Reality Corporation

For 2 years now, I've been lucky enough to attend the Augmented World Expo (augmentedworldexpo.com), the longest-lasting and largest conference and exhibition on Augmented & Virtual Reality, Wearable Technologies, and the Internet of Things (IoT). If you haven't had an opportunity to go, I encourage you to attend in 2016 and every year after! You will see technologies that are currently being used that are so advanced it'll blow your mind! Guaranteed! *All images apart from the top image were taken from DAQRI's web properties* This post is about the world's leading Augmented Reality/4D company, DAQRI, based in LA. They are a HUGE player in the augmented reality space because not only do they have their Smart Helmet that sets a new higher standard for industrial, professional-grade wearables, but they also create state-of-the-art AR software and other impressive solutions. In addition, DAQRI provides the best tools to create AR software, which is sorely needed in the … [Read more...]

The Wearable Future

  As stated in an earlier post, Optical Head Mounted Devices (OHMD's), that stood upon the shoulders of Google Glass, have been helping businesses streamline many mundane chores that could be done (even better) than by humans alone. Indeed, the wearable community is growing, and I knew that the instant I first heard a whisper of their presence. Watch this great video by Price Waterhouse Cooper entitled "Spotlight on the Wearable Future" (image taken from video). Don't miss this bandwagon! It's reality. … [Read more...]

Top 10 Augmented Reality Trends for 2014

Me inside the DAQRI Virtual Flight Attendant AR 4D Experience

Augmented Reality to me means uber-cool, helping industries in amazing ways, and although it's not expected to really be mass adopted until 2020, whoever isn't following this mind-blowing technology isn't looking toward the future. The image above is of me at the Augmented World Expo 2014 #awe2014 in DAQRI's large exhibition hall booth. In one section they had this Virtual Human (to quote DAQRI) "takes 4D to the next level, bringing full-sized photorealistic people to life and providing the ultimate storytelling experience. Virtual Humans pairs intelligent 360-degree image capture technology with 4D, opening the door for truly engaging storytelling and life-size gaming opportunities where virtual characters are as real as the audience." So on to the topic of the Top 10 AR Trends for 2014. First of all, let me start by saying that the AR market in 2014 is predicted to grow rapidly. Revenues are expected to hit $5.2 billion by 2017. Trends: Wearable Technology: Wonder why I … [Read more...]

Google Leaves the DARPA Robotics Challenge, Robots, Robots, and More Robots!

Google's HRP-2 Schaft Robot

Google is thought by many to be the front-runner in robotics. The company's interest in robotics is huge indeed; it's in the "Robotics Business Review's Top 50 List" (RBR50). RBR50 is a list of the most influential pubic and private companies in the global robotics industry (quote from "About the RBR50"). In 2003 Google acquired seven (7) awesome and technologically diverse robotics companies: Boston Dynamics, Bot & Dolly, Holomni, Industrial Perception, Meka Robotics, Redwood Robotics, and Schaft, Inc. At the end of this post I'll add some cool videos about each company's robots. Google pulled its "Team Schaft" HRP-2 robot out of the Pentagon-funded DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). Although the 3-year competition is less than halfway finished, the Schaft robot was the obvious front-runner. Tokyo-based Schaft, Inc. was founded specifically to enter in the $2M DRC and easily won the qualifying event in 2013. However, now with Google owning Schaft, accepting money from the DoD … [Read more...]

Google Glass: Companies that Stood on Google’s giant shoulders and augmented OHMDs

AWE2014 Smart Glass Face-Off Session of Key Players

Continuing from my last post on Diane Von Firstenberg's fashionable Google Glass designs that can incorporate a user's eyeglass prescription lenses into the shades, I promised I'd dive deeper into the companies that have stood on Google's giant shoulders and augmented the functionality and capabilities on OHMDs (definition below). From the Augmented World Expo 2014 I attended May 27-29 2014 in Santa Clara, I took the below photo to show you who these companies are that have extended Glass as other OHMDs ("Optical Head Mounted Display", vs. "Head ounted Display" or "Helmet Mounted Display" which is abbreviated HMD) to really do cool things. Although these companies truly do largely extend the Glass concept to work in different environments (which will be detailed in another upcoming post), in order to do this the sleek Google Glass form factor had to become bigger, and sometimes bulky and heavy. Realize all the OHMD companies below are still in beta or POC stages, albeit some of … [Read more...]

Introducing DVF (Diane Von Furstenberg) – Made for Glass

Current Google Glass for Style & Rx's

I just returned from Google I/O 2014! I have a lot of fun info, photos, & news to share with you on #wearables, #googleglass, #throughglass (a very funny story there to come!) and more Google awesomeness. 25 days ago Engaget (where you will find more announcements from Google I/O 2014) announced "Google's first fashionable Glass frames are designed by Diane Von Furstenberg". Today I received an email from Google Glass News that there is a celebration (think "launch") July 28 & 29th 2014 at DVF stores in Boston, Dallas, LA, Miami, and New York where you can try them on, purchase frames and shades. Since everyone can't make it to these events, you can purchase curated combinations of DVF Made for Glass collection at NET-A-PORTER (check out how interesting this site is - it's a luxury fashion site - with Google!) Below are the styles featured on the NET-A-PORTER site: We all know that Google isn't done designing and developing the features and look on … [Read more...]

The Glass Class at the Augmented World Expo 2014

Me & Jenny Murphy

I attended "The Glass Class" with leaders Mark Billinghurst of HITLabs (Human/Computer Interface Technology), Rob Lindeman of HIVE (Human Interactions in Virtual Enviroments) Labs, Det Ansinn of BrickSimple, and Jenny Murphy, a Developer Advocate at Google focused on Google Glass and wearable technology. Short bios on the panelists are below this article. I learned A LOT about Google Glass, what to do/not to do when developing for it, the APIs to develop Glass apps with, and the many 3rd party apps that integrate with Glass. Below is a photo of the panelists: I have a couple of #throughglass short movie clips from the class (amateur quality, I guess I was too excited about what I was learning when I told Glass to "record a video"! But I'll share them with you here. The first two videos demonstrate the incredible uses of Glass in the medical field, being used TODAY. I don't know if you know this, but I work with MARC (Medical Automated Research Center) with Dr. Don Nagy, … [Read more...]