Augmented World Expo 2015: Silicon Valley
Volanti recently attended the 6th Annual Augmented World Expo ( AWE ) held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of the Silicon Valley. AWE 2015 featured over 200 companies leading the charge in augmented and virtual reality, wearable tech and the internet of things. Guests got to engage in over 20+ workshops, 200+ interactive demos, a VR experience powered by UploadVR and 100+ AWE-inspiring talks from industry leaders and pioneers. AWE’s focus is to turn ordinary experiences into the extraordinary and empowering people to be better at anything they do in work and life. Source
Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality
The expo floor hosted some of the biggest names and technologies in the AR / VR industry. Technologies like Google’s Project Tango (update Nov 2, 2019: Google Tango was discontinued and replaced by Google ARCore, thank you to Luke Pensworth of Daily Wireless for letting us know together with a link to an article on the topic: What Happened to Google’s Tango?) were on full display as guests got a hands-on demo of the device / application. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Project Tango it is a technology that gives a mobile device the ability to navigate the physical world by adding advanced computer vision, image processing, and special vision sensors. The device / application gives users the opportunity to map entire spaces with a mobile device.
Another company who really impressed us with their Augmented Reality technology was a company named ViewAR. ViewAR developed a 3D visualization app for mobile business solutions. The ViewAR System efficiently manages and distributes 3D product visualizations for clients who know the importance of allowing their customers to see and interact with products and designs. Using a hardware mounted camera device and ViewAR’s developed software, the user can scan a room within seconds and then virtually place full 3D rendered products anywhere within the room. Users can then interact with the placed object by simply moving the mobile device around the environment.
Volanti is currently teaming up with a few consulting and technology providing service companies to help push the possibilities of tech in the business world, primarily in the displays and telepresence realm. That being said, one of the telepresence companies we couldn’t wait to see was AltspaceVR, whose technology has created a single virtual platform for users to not only exist in but also provides the opportunity for users to interact amongst each other. By creating fully blinking, eye engaging avatars the users can experience the web from anywhere, with anyone, through virtual reality. Imagine being at different ends of the globe and being able to meet in one virtual conference room to share info and ideas. The demo was quite AWE inspiring.
BEAM Me Up Scotty!
Guests who couldn’t physically attend the expo had the unique opportunity to virtually lend their bodies ( heads ) to wheeled display robots by Suitable Technologies’ BEAM. Camera feeds from remote locations broadcasted faces to wheeled lcd displays. We must admit it was a bit strange seeing a group of BEAMs talking to each other in close knit groups. Very fun!
A Tech Future
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