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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.

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

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 63 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.

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

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

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

    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 commercialization of non-radio technologies, ranging from computer vision to neuromorphic hardware.

    Previously, Jay had created two software companies focused on the cutting edge of mobile computing, dating back to the mid 1990s. On the whole, he has been a technology entrepreneur building his vision for future computing platforms for more than 25 years.

    In this conversation, Jay shares stories from early days of mobile software, starting with his work on Apple’s Newton and his subsequent efforts to create the first App Store. We discuss the impetus for building Vuforia at Qualcomm, the lessons he learned about the AR market from that experience, and how that led to Campfire 3D.

    We get into the problem he’s trying to solve with Campfire, and the specific strategy he’s pursuing. We go on to discuss his perspective on the AR hardware efforts at Facebook and Apple, and the historical clues about how quickly we can expect general purpose consumer smartglasses to arrive.

    Jay shares a lot of wisdom about entrepreneurship and AR.

    It’s worth noting when we recorded this interview, Facebook was still named Facebook, and Meta referred to an early entrant building productivity-focused headworn AR. They shut down a few years back.

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

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

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

    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 Luxexcel Guido is in charge of all commercial and strategic aspects of 3D printing of smart eyewear lenses. Luxexcel has been in the news recently for their partnerships with Lumus and WaveOptics where together they’re able to encase the waveguides within 3D-printed prescription lenses.

    In this conversation, Guido’s talks about the challenges of finding product-market fit, particularly for technologies that don’t perfectly fit industry’s pre-conceived notion of how things have been done...or should be done.

    We get into the meat of the technology and where it goes from here. He also shares his perspective on how and where smartglasses will find early success. Here he believes smartglasses will find success when we’re able to make fashionable glasses with some functionality, rather than focusing on field of view or functionality to the detriment of fashion.

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

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Paul Powers (Physna) Teaching Computers to Understand 3D and Innovating at the Speed of Imagination

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

    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 for them to become the Google Search of AR.

    Earlier, Paul attended Harvard at the age of 16, and went on to study in Germany, earning a law degree and passing the German bar exam. It was his work at a German patent law firm that inspired the foundation for what became Physna.

    In this conversation, Paul describes his unique educational experience and his path to becoming a tech entrepreneur. He goes on to describe the origins of Physna and how they are enabling computers to understand 3D in the same way they understand text.

    We talk through the technology and we discuss leadership, entrepreneurial mindset, a different way of thinking about goal setting, and aligning and motivating others. He also shares his perspective of the potential impact that glasses-based AR can have on the human experience.

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

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Susan Cummings (Tiny Rebel) on AR-First Storytelling and City-Scale Games with Wallace and Gromit

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

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

    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 Location-Based apps & platforms, where he collaborated with Wikitude to integrate AR into Verizon's GPS Navigation. He also launched the Verizon Developer Program. In addition, Kris was an Advisor to FlyBy Media, an AR tech startup, acquired by Apple.

    As an entrepreneur, Kris was the Co-Founder of Spime Inc, a Silicon Valley startup acquired by Trimble. He’s also published the ground-breaking book, Local Positioning Systems, on geo spatial and location-based services, and holds graduate degrees from MIT.

    In this conversation, we chat about mapping and positioning in the early days of mobile, as well as the challenges and benefits of remapping the world for AR. Based on his insights from the Association, Kris describes what's working for VR & AR in healthcare and enterprise. He describes what he sees as a big challenge hindering adoption and the impact of Facebook's commitment to VR & AR on the rest of the market.

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

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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63 Ratings

63 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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