For two days, experts in augmented reality (AR) and its applications gathered at the MIT Media Lab to talk at the AR in Action event. We at ONU have long extolled the virtues of AR, but even we were impressed with the diversity of thought we found during a couple of snowy days in Cambridge. Companies like PTC, Google, Microsoft, and Nike sent their ambassadors to speak to AR’s value and applications and how to get the word out. Approximately 120 speakers hit the two stages over the course of the event.
While we couldn’t catch them all, here are a few tidbits we took away from the conference on the Charles.
|The hall was decorated with hand-drawn posters representing speakers and topics.|
PTC’s Ben Shani demonstrated ways augmented reality can enhance music instruction practice. As he played on a keyboard, flowers, paint dabs, and even tiny aliens floated off the keys.
Dr. Albert Kwon from AUGMENTx showed the game-changing possibilities for AR in rehabilitation for stroke victims.
|Dr. Albert Kwon|
Paul Cataldo, co-founder of Valacrity, showed the practical uses for smart glasses in manufacturing and machine maintenance and the need for new content. Hands-free smart glasses enable workers to see schematics and diagrams while they work, reducing the time spent on each repair.
Tom Impallomeni of Tribe gave us a demo of his disc jockey training module, while explaining how the immersive nature of AR applies to learning practically anything.
ONU’s own Sam Sesti talked about integrating CAD in VR/AR design and our ability to lighten file-size, making the conversion process easier, faster, and nimbler, so there’d be enough content for all these AR trailblazers.
|Sam Sesti, President of ONU|