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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.

    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
    Joe Millward (TAFE NSW) on Safety First! Applying VR and AR to Education & Training at Scale

    Joe Millward (TAFE NSW) on Safety First! Applying VR and AR to Education & Training at Scale

    Joe Millward is the Innovation Manager at TAFE New South Wales, the leading provider of vocational education and training in Australia. Each year, more than 500,000 students enroll into its nationally recognized courses and training.

    Earlier in his career, Joe spent 5 yrs at Autodesk managing the Commercial & Education business for the Media & Entertainment division.

    Joe went on to co-found a wearable technology company, and spent several years as a consultant focused on digital strategy.

    Just prior to joining TAFE NSW, Joe worked at 3M driving the direction of augmented and virtual reality technology for the company.

    In this conversation, recorded in late 2019, Joe describes the way his team at TAFE NSW is experimenting and innovating in higher education using spatial computing technologies.

    He reviews a few of the specific experiences they’re creating, and how they decide whether a particular content or curriculum makes sense in VR or AR.

    He also discusses the impacts on learning outcomes – both what those impacts are and why they are effective – as well as how they ensure students and teachers are successful with the technology.

    This is a really wonderful overview of how spatial computing is beginning to impact education.

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

    • 59 min
    Avi Bar-Zeev (RealityPrime - fmr AAPL, AMZ, MSFT) on AR Glasses Great Potential for Benefit and Abuse (Part 2)

    Avi Bar-Zeev (RealityPrime - fmr AAPL, AMZ, MSFT) on AR Glasses Great Potential for Benefit and Abuse (Part 2)

    Avi Bar-Zeev has been a pioneer, architect and advisor in spatial computing for nearly 30 years, both behind the scenes at the world’s largest tech companies, and in the industry at large.

    In early 2010, he helped found and invent the HoloLens at Microsoft, developing the first prototypes, demos, patents, plans and UX concepts. At Bing, he built the first prototypes for developer-facing aspects of AR, which we now call the "AR cloud." At Amazon, he helped launch PrimeAir and worked on the Echo Frame glasses.

    More recently he helped Apple advance its own “undisclosed” projects. Early in his career, he worked on novel VR experiences for Disney, including "Aladdin's Magic Carpet" VR Ride.

    In this, the second of two parts of our conversation, Avi suggests what the industry needs to do to give ourselves the best future, as well as some of the challenges we face, which are compounded by certain business models. He cautions we should be ready to reject companies and products that aren’t trustworthy.

    He goes on to describe why he’s hopeful about the potential for AR and what he’d do with a giant pile of money within this industry.

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

    • 1 hr 4 min

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58 Ratings

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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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