100 episodes

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.

AR Show with Jason McDowall Jason McDowall: Investor | Advocate | Entrepreneur

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 65 Ratings

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.

    Dave Haynes (FOV Ventures) on the Early Days of Digital Music and the Importance of Market Timing in Emerging Tech

    Dave Haynes (FOV Ventures) on the Early Days of Digital Music and the Importance of Market Timing in Emerging Tech

    Dave Haynes is a founding partner at FOV Ventures, an investment firm backing the founders who are building the Metaverse. FOV Ventures is a new fund with a focus on European-based startups at the pre-seed and seed stage.

    Dave previously led HTC’s $100 million Vive X fund in EMEA and was part of the investment team at Seedcamp (Fund III). Prior to investing, Dave founded two startups in the music industry and was part of the founding team of SoundCloud.

    In this conversation, Dave talks about his front-row seat to the evolution of the digital music industry and the parallels to the current AR/VR ecosystem. He describes his new fund, areas of investment focus, and how they think about current investment market conditions. He also talks about the risk of market timing as it relates to AR: [quote]

    Dave goes on to share some advice for pre-seed startups as well as his perspective on the evolution of the market and the risks ahead.

    You can find all of the show notes at thearshow.com. Please consider contributing to my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/theARshow.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Jon Rodriguez Cefalu (Preamble) on the Future of AR, AI, Sentient Robots, and Human Manipulation

    Jon Rodriguez Cefalu (Preamble) on the Future of AR, AI, Sentient Robots, and Human Manipulation

    Jonathan Rodriguez Cefalu is the co-founder and CEO of Preamble, a company on a mission to provide ethical guardrails for AI systems by creating an AI-as-a-Service with a focus on ethics and safety.

    Jon earned a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he discovered a passion for the coming age of VR and AR technologies. He went on to co-found Vergence Labs, which had ambitious plans to create the AR glasses of the future.
    Evan Spiegel shared that vision and brought Vergence Labs into Snap as its first acquisition. Jon’s work became the foundation for Spectacles, and he went on to be the Project Lead for the first version of Spectacles and the most recent version with a display.

    In this conversation, Jon shares his perspective on the history, hurdles, and future of AR glasses. He also discusses his perspective on the risks and challenges of creating and engaging with AI systems, which among other risks, increases the likelihood of misinformation and manipulation.

    He goes on to describe the path he and his team are taking at Preamble to create ethical guardrails for these systems.

    You can find all of the show notes at thearshow.com.

    • 58 min
    Neil Sarkar (AdHawk Microsystems) on Tracking the Eyes Without Cameras and Creating a Fitness Tracker for the Brain

    Neil Sarkar (AdHawk Microsystems) on Tracking the Eyes Without Cameras and Creating a Fitness Tracker for the Brain

    Neil Sarkar is the CEO and co-founder of AdHawk Microsystems, a company creating the first camera-free eye tracking solution that offers unprecedented speed, data quality and power efficiency.

    Prior to AdHawk, Neil was a co-founder at ICSPI, which develops scanning probe instruments on a CMOS-MEMS technology platform. They are commercializing the world's first Single-Chip Atomic Force Microscope.

    Previously Neil attended the University of Waterloo, where he earned a Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

    In this conversation, we discuss Micro Electrical Mechanical (or MEMs) technology and its applications. Neil shares his path to founding AdHawk and his experience bringing AdHawk’s innovations to market.

    We go on to discuss how AdHawk is trying to positively impact people’s lives, what’s special about their approach, and how you can get your hands on their tech in the near future.

    You can find all of the show notes at thearshow.com.

    • 58 min
    Replay: Alon Grinshpoon (echo3D) on Building the AWS for 3D and Founder-Market Fit

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

    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 University, he spent several years as a software engineer working on improving the performance of cloud-based and client-server computer systems.

    Alon went on to receive his M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University with a focus on computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality, and human-computer interaction.

    In this conversation, we discuss how Alon’s background made him a good fit for solving the unique set of challenges for developing an AWS or Akamai for 3D. Alon is a passionate entrepreneur with great advice for early-stage startups, and we talk about his perspective on the concept of founder-market fit. [quote]

    Alon goes on to discuss founder-investor fit, and the importance of pragmatically de-risking a startup as you go along. He also shares his funding and growth journey through the RLab and Techstars accelerators, and subsequent rounds of VC funding.

    You can find all of the show notes at thearshow.com.

    • 52 min
    Replay: Susan Cummings (Tiny Rebel) on AR-First Storytelling and City-Scale Games with Wallace and Gromit

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

    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 and publishing. She was a key player at the origins of Rockstar games and held vital roles as the VP of Publishing and VP of Business Development at 2K games and parent, Take Two Interactive.

    In this conversation, Susan shares insight into the origins of Grand Theft Auto and some other big deals and projects in the early days of console and PC games. She goes on to talk about the challenges in telling compelling stories with AR.

    We also talk about some of the lessons learned in making compelling and accessible city-scale AR-based games for mobile and the challenges of “immersion” in see-through AR glasses.

    (A quick note of disclosure: I’m an investor in Fantsmo, one of the partners Susan mentions when describing her efforts at Fictioneers.)

    You can find all of the show notes at thearshow.com.

    • 57 min
    Paul Travers (Vuzix) on Prioritizing Wearability Over Immersion

    Paul Travers (Vuzix) on Prioritizing Wearability Over Immersion

    Paul Travers is the Founder and CEO of Vuzix, a leading supplier of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets.

    Prior to Vuzix, Paul was an engineer at Eastman Kodak, innovating the future of digital cameras. He went on to become a serial entrepreneur, having started multiple hardware technology companies, including in sound cards for PCs and USB connectivity products.

    Vuzix was formed more than 20 years ago, and through it, Paul has seen spatial computing technology evolve from the early days of VR in the mid-1990s to the highly capable AR smart glasses of today.

    In this conversation, Paul describes the Vuzix hardware lineup, including the Blade and the M-series. We discuss how they’re being used, where they shine, and what’s special about the upcoming Shield device. The Shield will be one of the first devices with a µLED display, and emphasizes “wearability” over field of view or functionality. [quote]

    We go on to discuss why wearability is so important and how much field of view is big enough to satisfy a large number of use cases. We also discuss the importance of µLED technology and how to solve for prescription at scale. Paul also describes how he wants to support OEMs in the consumer market and provides an overview of how Vuzix will invest the 100+ million dollars they have recently raised.

    You can find all of the show notes at thearshow.com.

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Sjla12680 ,

Insightful look at the AR industry without the hype

One of the very podcasts who are asking the hard questions while not overhyping VR/AR.

DDGReview ,

Great perspectives

James does a great job of asking interesting questions and drawing out the thoughts beneath the thoughts of his guests. Thank you for putting this out into the world to drive interest and excitement for these amazing technologies.

APWestport ,

Great Host, Great Guests, Great Insights!

Jason is the consummate host and always brings out the best in his guests. If you listen to all of these podcasts, you will easily gain the most important insights into the Immersive Computing world. Highly recommend.

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