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...]

“Nanobuds” Can Turn Almost Any Surface into a Touch Sensor

To the left is an image of a transparent film that has carbon nanobuds. These nanobuds are molecular tubes of carbon with ball-like appendages that could turn almost any surface, regardless of its shape, into a sensor! The awesome company that came up with this has also come up with really awesome wearable technologies. Visit Canatu's site and you'll be there until your beer is warm without noticing the time you've spent there! So if we "wearable enthusiasts" think about it, this could be the breakthrough we've been waiting for! Imagine adding touch controls to car consoles and dashboards and even bent around something as thin as earbuds so they could be handy for adding buttons to flexible devices. Typical touchscreens are made by overlaying a display screen with a transparent sheet of indium tin oxide. The problem with this is that it's brittle, so it can't be used on anything but flat surfaces. As this technology has developed, they first had a problem with using carbon … [Read more...]

I’m in the Top 1K (Thousand), #120, in Wearables for 2014

Since I LOVE wearables, this is a great honor to me! … [Read more...]

Intel Now Has a Chip Designed For Wearables

Intel's Processor Designed for Wearable Tech

The power & performance of the computing parts that go into wearables are the limiting factor currently. As you may have read in my last post about a company making flexible batteries for wearables, I'm now going to talk about Intel' new "Quark" chip that's designed for wearable tech. The Quark chip is about 1/5 the size of Intel's smallest chip to date, the Intel Atom processor. They use 1/10th the power, each has a single core, single thread, a 32-bit processor & is the size of a thumbnail! This enables usage beyond wearables but into the IoT (Internet of Things), such as being used to connect household devices like coffee pots & microwaves to the internet so they can be accessed via Bluetooth.   … [Read more...]

There’s Finally Hope: Flexible Batteries for Wearables

Imprint Energy's Flexible Battery

If any of you have Google Glass, you know that the one thing you wished it had that it does not is more battery power. Wearable technology has many underlying technologies that aren't quite ready for wearables. Typical situation - the main hardware exists long before other necessary parts, including software. The only time I can remember the opposite being true was with Microsoft Kinect. That hardware was so ahead of its day I remember Microsoft asking all their developers at a conference soon after Kinect was launched "to break it, hack it, and make it do stuff" (or something like that!) Wearables use a lot of energy. They also have to have flexible batteries or else wearables like clothing would defeat the entire point. In comes a company in CA called Imprint Energy. They announced a zinc-polymer battery that's very easy to manufacture. So far, the name of the battery is ZincPoly batteries LOL. On top of being very flexible, they're non-toxic! Awesome! Imprint Energy has … [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...]