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AR Show with Jason McDowall

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The AR Show dives deep into the emerging world of Augmented Reality with a focus on the underlying technologies and uses of Smartglasses, and the people behind them. I talk with entrepreneurs, executives, investors and early adopters to extract insights that will both inform and inspire you. In each episode, I explore the approaches, challenges, and progress behind the products and companies. I also extract the lessons learned and insightful advice from each guest. Equal parts technology, product, entrepreneurship, and personal growth, the AR Show follows a journey of discovery through revealing interviews.

The AR Show dives deep into the emerging world of Augmented Reality with a focus on the underlying technologies and uses of Smartglasses, and the people behind them. I talk with entrepreneurs, executives, investors and early adopters to extract insights that will both inform and inspire you. In each episode, I explore the approaches, challenges, and progress behind the products and companies. I also extract the lessons learned and insightful advice from each guest. Equal parts technology, product, entrepreneurship, and personal growth, the AR Show follows a journey of discovery through revealing interviews.

Location:

United States

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The AR Show dives deep into the emerging world of Augmented Reality with a focus on the underlying technologies and uses of Smartglasses, and the people behind them. I talk with entrepreneurs, executives, investors and early adopters to extract insights that will both inform and inspire you. In each episode, I explore the approaches, challenges, and progress behind the products and companies. I also extract the lessons learned and insightful advice from each guest. Equal parts technology, product, entrepreneurship, and personal growth, the AR Show follows a journey of discovery through revealing interviews.

Language:

English


Episodes

Nils Pihl (Auki Labs) on Augmented Reality as an Extension of Human Language

5/24/2022
Nils Pihl is the CEO and co-founder of Auki Labs, a company solving the limitations of GPS to accurately position virtual content, particularly for shared experiences. Nils and the team at Auki are building advanced, peer-to-peer positioning protocols and AR cloud infrastructure to enable a new era of spatial computing. Nils is also the CEO of Matterless Studios, a venture-backed startup creating AI companions and pets made for the augmented reality metaverse. Prior to founding Auki Labs,...

Duration:01:12:57

Tomas Sluka (CREAL) on the Power of Light Field Displays for AR Glasses

5/10/2022
Tomas Sluka is the CEO and co-founder of CREAL, a Swiss technology startup that developed and commercializes a radically new type of display that brings natural focal depth to a truly 3D visual experience within Augmented Reality. The inspiration for CREAL originated with the first commercial VR and AR headsets back in 2014. Like many others, Tomas suffered from very strong eye-strain and lack of immersion. He realized that the problem came from nonexistent focal depth in the 3D imagery....

Duration:01:31:07

Kai Ströder (tooz) on Making Smarter Glasses with Novel Optics

4/26/2022
Kai Ströder is the co-founder and CEO of tooz, a company on a mission to develop cost-effective smartglasses for consumers. Early in his career, Kai was a research fellow at the University of Stuttgart, where he also earned a Ph.D. in Strategic Management. Over the next decade, he worked across various groups at Carl Zeiss, the world’s leading, high-end optics company. Among other projects, Kai has been responsible for activities in the field of augmented reality and data glasses. In 2018,...

Duration:01:18:21

Andrew Hart (Dent Reality) on Connecting the Digital Layer to the Physical World at Scale

4/12/2022
Andrew Hart is the co-founder and CEO of Dent Reality, a company building the digital layer for the physical world. Andrew and his team have solved key technology problems across indoor mapping and accurate indoor location at scale. And they’ve created a user interface centered around people, not AR gimmicks. Andrew is a CEO by day and pioneering developer by night. Prior to Dent Reality, Andrew pioneered the location-based AR space, building the most popular open-source project for Apple's...

Duration:01:36:15

Dana Chermesh (inCitu) on Visualizing and Engaging in the Future of Our Cities

3/29/2022
Dana Chermesh is the founder and CEO of inCitu, an Augmented-Reality-powered civic engagement app that democratizes city planning. Dana is an architect from Tel-Aviv, Israel, and an alumna of NYU Masters program in Urban Data Science (2018). During her career as an architect, she specialized in urban renewal and developed a passion for leveraging technology, data and innovation to form smarter, more resilient, and more just cities and city processes. In 2019 Dana co-founded *inCitu*, to...

Duration:01:02:17

Jon Gray and So-Hee Woo (Encore) on Elevating and Democratizing Musical Performance

3/15/2022
Jon Gray is the co-founder and CEO, and So-Hee Woo is the Head of XR at Encore, a company building a live-streaming, interactive, AR-infused music performance app. Jon is an entrepreneur and software engineer, who prior to Encore, was the founder and CEO of Cask, a big data analytics platform, which was acquired by Google in 2018. Before that, he was a software engineer at Facebook where he worked on Messages and several other large-scale data platforms. Prior to Facebook, Jonathan founded...

Duration:00:09:35

David Bonelli (Pulsar) on Building AR Hardware that Actually Works

3/1/2022
David Bonelli is the founder and CEO of Pulsar, a company of mechanical and optical experts dedicated to solving the hard problems of AR hardware. David is a U.S. Army veteran who went on to spend several years at the once-venerable Osterhout Design Group (ODG). After creating cutting-edge AR glasses at ODG, he also spent time at Rokid and KFS Industries. Across these companies he designed, managed, and brought to manufacture a range of products spanning optical engineering and augmented...

Duration:01:15:20

Brad Scoggin (ArborXR) on Enabling VR/AR at Scale as a Non-Tech Founder

2/15/2022
Brad Scoggin is the co-founder and CEO of ArborXR, an XR device management solution for enterprises that is currently being used by more than 400 companies and educational institutions around the world. Brad and his team found companies are using consumer hardware, such as the Oculus Quest, but don’t have the right enterprise software to help them scale as they go from pilot projects to larger deployments. The problems addressed by ArborXR are an extension of the problems Brad saw as the...

Duration:01:16:12

Faisal Galaria (Blippar) on Overcoming the Risks of Market Timing

2/1/2022
Faisal Galaria is the CEO at Blippar, a company creating the tools to enable everyone to create compelling AR experiences. During the course of his career, Faisal has gained over 25 years of experience leading and growing teams in some of the world's most disruptive consumer technology companies including Spotify, Kayak, Skype and now Blippar. Just prior to Blippar, he was the Chief Strategy and Investments Officer at Gocompare, which he helped digitally transform and IPO on the London...

Duration:00:52:12

Nicole Lazzaro (XEODesign) on the Four Keys to Crafting Compelling AR & VR Experiences

1/19/2022
Nicole Lazzaro. Nicole is the founder and president of XEODesign. Previously she was the designer of “Tilt,” the first true iPhone-only game, but it’s her research into player emotions that has attracted big firms like EA, Sony, and Ubisoft to seek out her expertise. By tapping into “emotion profiles,” Nicole helps designers create more engaging gaming experiences that resonate with all types of players, from casual to hard-core. Nicole has been a leading expert in Player Experience Design...

Duration:01:38:30

2022 Kickoff: The Quest for Wearability in AR Glasses to Meet Consumer Acceptance

1/4/2022
Today I am kicking off 2022 with another annual monologue. I hope you and your family were able to have a safe and relaxing holiday despite the isolation and other challenges imposed by this latest spike in COVID. This is the fifth such annual kickoff episode, and when looking back at my notes from last year, 2021 played out pretty much as expected, with the exception of Facebook’s parent company name change to Meta Platforms…and NFTs, but that’s for a different conversation for now. Mark...

Duration:00:31:26

Replay: Kirin Sinha (Illumix) on Crafting Compelling Content & Experiences for AR

12/21/2021
Kirin Sinha is the co-founder and CEO of Illumix, a company building an AR-first mobile gaming platform. You may be familiar with Illumix if you’re a fan of the horror franchise, Five Nights at Freddy’s. The Illumix team has already found a lot of success with their first title, Five Nights at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery. Prior to founding Illumix, Kirin was the founder and Executive Director of Shine for Girls, whose mission is to transform the lives of middle school girls by cultivating...

Duration:00:56:30

Brian Vogelsang (Qualcomm) on Drawing on Lessons of the Past to Build Today’s Headworn AR Ecosystem

12/7/2021
Brian Vogelsang is the Senior Director of Product at Qualcomm focused on Snapdragon Spaces, an XR developer platform for headworn augmented reality. This AR development kit is built on open standards and meant to complement the efforts by Niantic’s Lightship and others. Brain started his career as the CTO and co-founder of a very early internet service provider startup. He then joined Qualcomm in the mid-1990s, back when it was still a young company. There he focused initially on IT...

Duration:01:00:55

Alon Grinshpoon (echo3D) on Building the AWS for 3D and Founder-Market Fit

11/23/2021
Alon Grinshpoon is the Co-founder and CEO of echo3D, a 3D-ready cloud platform that helps manage & deliver 3D, AR, and VR content to apps & devices everywhere. echo3D recently closed a $4M round of funding to feed continued growth after seeing a tremendous amount of momentum over the past year. Alon started his career in the Isrealli Intelligence Service, working on encryption and cloud technologies. After earning a B.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv...

Duration:00:52:09

Jay Wright (Campfire 3D) on Innovating Ahead of the Curve and the Future of Workplace Collaboration

11/3/2021
Jay Wright is the founder and CEO of Campfire 3D, a company that is focused on holographic collaboration for design and engineering workflows. Prior to Campfire, Jay spent 10 years building Vuforia from inception to becoming the leading augmented reality platform for developing handheld and headworn applications. Vuforia is currently part of enterprise software and services company, PTC, but Jay originally created Vuforia while at Qualcomm. There he was responsible for global...

Duration:00:55:58

Guido Groet (Luxexcel) on Solving Prescription for Fashionable AR Smartglasses

10/19/2021
Guido Groet is the Chief Strategy Officer of Luxexcel, a company that’s able to 3D print optical-quality lenses for smart eyewear. Earlier in his career, Guido worked for many years in both Europe and the USA for technology giant ASML, which is a world leader in semiconductor equipment. He’s held VP positions in Finance, Business development, M&A, and Strategy development. He was also CFO and then CEO of a venture-back company in disruptive high tech manufacturing technologies. Now at...

Duration:01:02:25

Paul Powers (Physna) Teaching Computers to Understand 3D and Innovating at the Speed of Imagination

10/5/2021
Paul Powers, the founder and CEO of Physna. You may have caught Physna in the news recently because they’ve raised $76M over the last year, including $56M earlier this summer from Tiger Global, Sequoia and others. Paul and his team have created a new way to search and compare 3D models in a way that is faster and more effective than what’s come before. This ability to recognize and understand physical objects, combined with Thangs, their online database of 3D models, creates the potential...

Duration:01:04:47

Susan Cummings (Tiny Rebel) on AR-First Storytelling and City-Scale Games with Wallace and Gromit

9/21/2021
Susan Cummings is the Managing Director of Tiny Rebel Games and a founder of Fictioneers. Susan and her team were awarded a major UK grant for Augmented Reality storytelling, which led to "Wallace & Gromit: The Big Fix Up." This effort was followed by the release this summer of "Wallace & Gromit: Fix Up the City", an ambitious city-scale AR game that takes place in San Francisco, Bristol, and Cardiff. Including her work at Tiny Rebel, Susan has spent more than 20 years in game development...

Duration:00:56:58

Kris Kolo (VRARA) on Mapping, Positioning, and Insights from the VR/AR Association

9/7/2021
Kris Kolo is the Global Executive Director of the VR/AR Association, an international organization designed to foster growth, knowledge, and connections between its members. Previously, Kris was an executive at Verizon and Toys R Us, applying AR technology to business needs. At Toys R Us, Kris was working on digital in-store initiatives and shopping solutions, piloting the AR solution from Metaio (acquired by Apple). At Verizon, Kris was responsible for Media, Entertainment, and...

Duration:00:53:21

Replay: Cory Grenier (Geenee) on Getting Heard at Vergence Labs, Snap Spectacles, and now Geenee

8/24/2021
Cory Grenier is the CEO of Geenee, a company on a mission to make the physical world around us easily recognizable to computers using mobile, browser-based technology. They combine image and video recognition, WebAR, and creative services to deliver unique value to brands. Cory started his career at Lenovo in Beijing, becoming a global product marketing manager. He returned to the US in 2013 to join Vergence Labs, an innovative startup building AR glasses. Vergence was acquired by Snap to...

Duration:01:15:31