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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

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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.

    Dominic Collins (Darabase) on Placing AR Content & Ads on the Physical World with Permission

    Dominic Collins (Darabase) on Placing AR Content & Ads on the Physical World with Permission

    Dominic Collins is the co-founder and CEO of Darabase, a platform to manage and monetize AR permissions on the physical world.

    Prior to Darabase, Dominic was the general manager of international for Jaunt, which was a content capture technology company and studio focused on VR and later AR. He has also been the CEO or Director of Digital across a number of telecom companies, including Sky, Orange Digital, and T-Mobile, as well as the Chief Marketing Officer of financial services company, Legal & General.

    In this conversation, we talk about the perspective that led Dominic to work with major property owners to help them control how digital content appears on their physical buildings.

    He shares the strategy at Darabase for taking the best of traditional Out-of-Home advertising, and applying it to the complex arena of property rights within augmented reality.

    He goes on to describe his entrepreneurial perspective on creating an augmented reality technology company, including some insight into his approach to building a business that is viable both today and for years to come.

    Dominic also shares some lessons learned from his time at Jaunt, an early immersive content company for VR & AR.

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

    • 1 hr 8 min
    SXSW Spanning Realities With Music (Panel: Amy LaMeyer, Tony Parisi, Rebecca Barkin, Eric Wagliardo)

    SXSW Spanning Realities With Music (Panel: Amy LaMeyer, Tony Parisi, Rebecca Barkin, Eric Wagliardo)

    Today’s conversation is a recreation of a South-by-Southwest Panel that didn’t happen this year because the conference was canceled. My guests are so passionate about their topic, we got the panel together to share with you here. This conversation was recorded the same week that SXSW was scheduled to happen in March. Here’s a bit from the show guide:

    From Childish Gambino’s augmented reality dancing to Marshmello’s Fortnite concert in virtual reality to the mixed reality experience of Tonandi, immersive and spatial computing is closing the gap between the real and the virtual when it comes to music and art. Listeners can experience music in new and more profound ways. Musicians can take advantage of this shift to reach and connect more deeply with broader audiences. Artists can create a lasting emotional connection by letting their fans be in the center of the experience.

    In the conversation, we explore new methods for listeners and artists to span realities with music. We talk about which experiences are getting traction, as well as where the technology shines, and where it still falls short.

    We expanded the topics a bit to incorporate a discussion about survival advice for startups.

    The four panelists include:

    Amy LaMeyer is the managing partner of WXR Fund, where she invests in early stage spatial computing and artificial intelligence companies with female leadership. She’s a lover of music, and the author of the “Sound and AR” chapter in the book Convergence: How the World Will Be Painted With Data. She’s also an advisor for immersive music-focused startups: TribeXR, Stage, and Melodrive.

    Eric Wagliardo is an internationally recognized artist and creative who resides in Brooklyn, NY and Dallas, TX. Eric has been working in XR for 4 years and recently collaborated with Childish Gambino to create an augmented reality musical experience. Eric is the founder and creative director of &Pull.

    Rebecca Barkin is the VP of Immersive Experiences at Magic Leap, where she served as Executive Producer of Tónandi—a visceral, interactive audio-visual experience made in partnership with the band Sigur Rós. More recently, she teamed up with HBO and Framestore for Game of Thrones "Dead Must Die," a mixed reality experience brought to AT&T retail and Tribeca Film Festival. In 2020, opportunity informed a new focus on delivering services and solutions that bridge the physical and digital divide, ultimately expanding the reach of premium XR installations beyond any singular venue. She began her career at EMI Music.

    Tony Parisi is a pioneer of virtual reality, a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor. He is the co-creator of 3D graphics standards, including VRML, X3D and gl-TF. He’s also the author of several books from O’Reilly Media covering Virtual Reality, Programming 3D Apps, and WebGL. Tony has become one of the leading spokespeople for the immersive industry, and he was recently named to Next Reality’s 30 People to Watch in Augmented Reality. Tony is currently Head of AR/VR Ad Innovation at Unity Technologies.

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

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Stefan Alexander (North) on Applying the Lessons of Focals v1 to v2 and the Argument for Laser Scanning Displays (Part 2)

    Stefan Alexander (North) on Applying the Lessons of Focals v1 to v2 and the Argument for Laser Scanning Displays (Part 2)

    Stefan Alexander is the VP of Advanced R&D at North, a company taking a human-centric approach to creating AR smartglass hardware and experiences that are both useful and respectful.

    After earning a Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stefan spent more than a decade working with OLED display technology at IGNIS Innovation.

    From there he joined North to build and lead the team that developed the technology behind Focals 1.0 and the forthcoming 2.0 hardware.

    My conversation with Stefan goes deep into the technology, the mindset, and the lessons learned at North, and I’ve split it into two parts.
    In the second part of our conversation, Stefan explores the key takeaways from the launch and use of the Focals 1.0 glasses.

    Stefan shares his perspective on how making smartglasses is about tradeoffs, and goes on to tease some of the key advancements they’re making for version 2, which is expected later this year in 2020.

    He also shares his take on Laser Beam Scanning versus MicroLED displays for smartglasses, his thoughts about Nreal and the Nreal Light, and key challenges around privacy and consent when everybody is wearing cameras and microphones.

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

    • 51 min
    Stefan Alexander (North) on Taking a Human-Centric Approach to Designing Focals (Part 1)

    Stefan Alexander (North) on Taking a Human-Centric Approach to Designing Focals (Part 1)

    Stefan Alexander is the VP of Advanced R&D at North, a company taking a human-centric approach to creating AR smartglass hardware and experiences that are both useful and respectful.

    After earning a Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stefan spent more than a decade working with OLED display technology at IGNIS Innovation.

    From there he joined North to build and lead the team that developed the technology behind Focals 1.0 and the forthcoming 2.0 hardware.

    My conversation with Stefan goes deep into the technology, the mindset, and the lessons learned at North, and I’ve split it into two parts.

    In the first part of our conversation, Stefan describes some of the design ethos of the company, and a key lesson they carried forward from the development of the Myo armband. Through that experience, they gained a deep appreciation for human biology and individuality as well as the challenges of making something that people feel comfortable wearing - both physically and socially.

    Stefan goes on to describe some of the constraints and underlying technology of the Focals smartglasses. He also shares some lessons learned from the launch in 2019, including how people are using Focals every day, and what Stefan believes is the most important capability of smartglasses.

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

    • 54 min
    Carrie Shaw (Embodied Labs) on the Denial, Anger, and Fear of Growing Old

    Carrie Shaw (Embodied Labs) on the Denial, Anger, and Fear of Growing Old

    Carrie Shaw is the CEO and co-founder of Embodied Labs, a company changing the way professional and family caregivers view — and care for — older adults through the use of immersive experiences.

    After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Public Health, Carrie spent 2 years working as a Health Education Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic where she fell in love with the way visual communication tools have the unique potential to cross cultural, language, and education barriers. Following that time, Carrie worked as her mother's primary caregiver, who's diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer's disease opened Carrie's eyes to the needs of caregivers and the aging services workforce.

    Carrie holds a Master's of Science in Biomedical Visualization and her work has been featured by a number of publications, including Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as television shows on The History Channel, and CBS.

    In this conversation, Carrie describes the way her mother’s disease impacted her mother’s life and the way Carrie dealt with and grew from the experience of being a primary caregiver.

    We talk about the company she’s created in the aftermath of her experience, including the entrepreneurial journey she’s been on as she’s gone from company inception to product-market fit.

    We talk about some of the challenges of dealing with an aging population, and Carrie describes the fundamental goal of the immersive learning experiences her team is creating: a bridge to accelerate people through the stages of denial, anger, or fear of getting old – for our benefit and those we care about.

    We kick off the interview with a story about Carrie’s early efforts to cure cancer.

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

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Nikolai Suvorov (Spectar) on AR vs Plum Bob and String – The Future of Construction

    Nikolai Suvorov (Spectar) on AR vs Plum Bob and String – The Future of Construction

    Nikolai Suvorov is the CEO at Spectar, a company who uses augmented reality to connect construction design documentation to the job site with the goal of accelerating construction timelines while reducing costs.

    Nikolai spent 10 years at Hilti, a big, international construction technology company where he served as a VP of Sales in Russia, and a country General Manager in Ukraine, before returning to the US to be a sales leader.

    He then was VP of Sales at ToughBuilt before helping to create Spectar.

    In this conversation, Nikolai shares his perspective on the challenges and opportunities for infusing technology into an industry that still relies on little weights suspended from strings (plumb bobs and strings).

    He talks about his pragmatic approach to focusing on measurable ROI for customers by leveraging the AR technology that exists today, specifically within the Hololens, rather than hoping for what may come.

    Nikolai also shares his mandate to keep his team focused, namely there can only be one top priority – everything can’t be the most important thing.

    Nikolai goes on to share lessons learned about critical leadership traits particularly during difficult times.

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

    • 1 hr 10 min

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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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Seriously deep insights

Jason's podcast goes deeper than any other podcast or blog in the industry. H'es pretty incedible at pulling insights out of industry leaders.

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Engaging Listen

Insightful commentary on a range of topics important for both industry insiders and external observers alike. The host, Jason McDowall, provides an excellent source of wisdom and interesting questions for guests to learn more about augmented reality.

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