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  • Aug 26, 2017

    Tom Emrich Brings Preview of Augmented World Expo in Munich, Germany | #159


    Augmented and virtual reality are fast growing technologies, and it can be hard to keep up with them. Thankfully, Augmented World Expo Co-Producer, Tom Emrich, is here to tell us about this must-attend event coming up in Munich, Germany. Industry leaders, fresh start-ups, and press analysts will be attending to get on the inside track of this burgeoning industry. Find out what AR and VR are doing for the gaming world, from social experiences like Star Trek Bridge Crew, to the latest and greatest peripherals. Then, we chat about the advances and productivity that AR systems like Google Glass are providing in the workforce. Find out why you shouldn’t miss this event!

    · [00:00:00] Don’t Miss Augmented World Expo in Munich
    · [00:05:12] What is Augmented and Virtual Reality?
    · [00:12:30] VR Peripherals Create Immersive Experience
    · [00:19:52] AR and VR in the Sports World
    · [00:28:10] Google Glass Brings AR to the Workforce
    · [00:35:54] Try Before You Buy At Augmented World Expo


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    [00:00:00] Don’t Miss Augmented World Expo in Munich
    Did you know that augmented and virtual reality is expected to be a $155 billion industry by 2024? Even companies like Apple are sinking their teeth into this segment and buying AR and VR companies to prepare for the future. That’s why Augmented World Expo Co-Producer, Tom Emrich, has helped create a forum for investors, analysts, and entrepreneurs to meet, share ideas, and analyze the competition. The Augmented World Expo has been around for eight years across three continents, and it is gaining traction. Listen in and attend the next event in Munich, Germany, held October 19th and 20th, 2017.


    [00:05:12] What is Augmented and Virtual Reality?
    One of the more obvious markets in the augmented and virtual reality worlds is gaming. Augmented World Expo Co-Producer, Tom Emrich, fills us in on the differences between virtual and augmented reality in the gaming space. At the forefront of VR technology, the HTP Vibe and Oculus Rift put the user into an immersive, digital experience that looks and feels like you’re actually there. These games are becoming increasingly social, with titles like Star Trek Bridge Crew, which pits you and your friends against various Star Trek scenarios. On the other end of the spectrum, augmented reality modifies the users real world surroundings with digital objects or characters, usually via smartphones. This experience is becoming increasingly popular with titles like Pokémon GO. Find out why AR and VR are the future of entertainment.


    [00:12:30] VR Peripherals Create Immersive Experience
    If you’ve been keeping up on virtual reality peripherals, you may have noticed Virtuix Omni which was debuted in 2013. This concave platform allows for you to walk in real time through your VR experience, but requires that you wear frictionless boots and a waist belt to hold you in place. Augmented World Expo Co-Producer, Tom Emrich, lets us know that while this technology is still moving forward, a lot of VR experiences are headed toward a sensor system that reads your movements and simulates it accordingly in the virtual environment. Companies are hard at work on completing the full body experience with everything from gloves that can simulate the feeling of objects in your hand, to virtual styluses that can be used to aid in 3D design.


    [00:19:52] AR and VR in the Sports World
    Have you ever wanted to attend a sporting event or concert, but couldn’t commit to the commute? Well the solution is fast approaching! Augmented World Expo Co-Producer, Tom Emrich, fills us in on Intel and MLB’s announcement that they will be offering virtual reality streams of baseball games, and what it could mean for the future of live entertainment. The uses of AR and VR don’t stop there! The Arizona Diamondbacks are set to incorporate these technologies in their training programs. Also, fans can enhance their experiences at the big game with a pair of AR glasses or a smartphone, providing additional information in their field of view in real time. Find out why AR and VR isn’t just for gamers.


    [00:28:10] Google Glass Brings AR to the Workforce
    Do you remember Google Glass? Well it never really went away, it just got put to work. Augmented World Expo Co-Producer, Tom Emrich, discusses the multitude of applications for augmented reality in the workplace. AR provides a platform with the ability to coach and guide new employees on manufacturing lines lines, and can connect doctors across the world to consult on cases and surgeries that would normally rack up a large travel bill. Google Glass and AR bring convenience and productivity to these and many other industries. Learn more now.


    [00:35:54] Try Before You Buy At Augmented World Expo
    If you’ve already drank the Kool-aid and gotten into the augmented or virtual reality worlds, you probably paid a pretty penny. That’s why events like the Augmented World Expo are perfect for anyone interested in this burgeoning technology, as it provides a platform for you to try before you buy. Co-Producer Tom Emrich describes the cutting-edge input devices, smartglasses, and how they are being put on display by companies like Epson, Audi, Volkswagen, Bosch, and many more. Don’t miss this exciting event, in Munich, Germany October 19-20, California, USA from May 30th to June 1st, or Beijing, China in 2018.


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    Program Host: Jason Masters
    Producer: Jason Masters
    Production Asst.: Joanne Bolden
    Audio Engineer: Jason Masters
    Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
    Special Guest: Tom Emrich

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