Description: VMware and enterprise spatial computing. First, a disclaimer. Maryam Ghaemmaghami Scoble works at VMware on the conference team, so a good deal of our income now comes from VMware. That isn't why I did this video, though, she didn't even know I was visiting two days ago to get a look at what VMware is doing with spatial computing (computing you, a robot, or a virtual being moves through, like augmented and virtual reality). I saw that they had a huge booth about spatial computing at their latest conference and wanted to find out what was going on at VMware and why they were investing in this area. Turns out, by talking with Matt Coppinger, director, and Alan Renouf, Sr. Product Line Manager on the xLabs/spatial computing team, which is part of the office of the CTO, I learned that VMware is seeing a sizeable market evolving. Big enterprises need help managing, securing, and running VR and AR workloads and much more is coming, once you throw robots, 3D sensors of various types, virtual beings, and autonomous cars in the mix. At that recent conference they showed off managing VR training applications, which is why VMware was mentioned on stage yesterday at Facebook's Oculus Connect conference, and an augmented worker application, which helps a worker build motherboards for servers in a factory while wearing a Magic Leap. One other fun fact about this video. It was my first video on my new iPhone 11 Pro Max. The clarity is dramatically better, and sound is too, not to mention the stabilization of the video (this was handheld, as I usually do). Much nicer than my two-year-old iPhone X, plus you can see me try the zoom capabilities of the three lenses on this new phone, too, during this interview. Just getting used to it, but looks good so far.
Description: Michael Mansouri, cofounder of Radiant Images, takes us through the difference between volumetric, 360, and Light Field systems. His firm provides cameras and these systems, or "stages," to all sorts of Hollywood studios and did a lot of the work on Beyonce's latest music video. Infinite Retina's Irena Cronin and Robert Scoble were there to work for a client and to get up to date on what's possible with immersive techniques for augmented and virtual reality. One thing that stood out? Radiant's systems capture very high frame rates, 500 per second or more, and 5K resolution each, and that lets them do all sorts of magic to capture more of the subject. Learn more about Radiant Images at https://www.radiantimages.com/ and learn more about Infinite Retina at https://infiniteretina.com
Description: We join Bruce Damer, who has built quite a collection of computing history in his home, that he calls "the DigiBarn." He gives us a personal tour of the barn, which is full of tons of computers and other memorabilia from the computing industry. Very few people get to visit, and we were the first to do so with a 360-degree camera so you get a real sense of this place for the first time. Learn more about the DigiBarn: http://www.digibarn.com/ Thanks Marcelo Moyano for the edit of this video and to Carlos Calva, and Robert Scoble's family, who got the tour. Part I: https://youtu.be/HpiEwKkuUO4
Description: If you are building an augmented reality app you will need to manage your 3D assets and EchoAR has the best content management system we've seen. This Spatial Computing company lets you manage 3D objects by location or region, amongst other ways, and changes show up on all clients immediately. It takes care of all the servers, so you can work more on building your enterprise app or game. This company is hugely important for Spatial Computing and making systems that are scalable and easy to update for non programmers. Learn more at https://www.echoar.xyz/ Join us as we meet with its founders in their Brooklyn, New York, offices, which is part of the new RLab, an accelerator for Spatial Computing companies.
Description: We visited New York's Sketchfab here. https://sketchfab.com What is Sketchfab is a place where 3D creators can share their work. You can buy and sell 3D models on its store and you can even load up 3D models into a variety of VR or AR headsets and play with the 3D models that have been uploaded. Here Alban Denoyel, CEO, meets Marcelo Moyano and Robert Scoble of https://infiniteretina.com in the middle of his offices and we have a lengthy conversation about the Spatial Computing world and where Sketchfab might go in the future.
Description: Gavan Gravesen, founder and CEO of RADiCAL, https://getrad.co/ and Anand Ravipati, product manager, show us their latest work, which senses humans in a new way: by using AI to convert videos coming from a standard smartphone camera.
Description: At Infinite Retina https://infiniteretina.com we focus our attention on the Spatial Computing space, which most people think of as augmented or virtual reality. But all sorts of things are shifting and spatial computing is computing you can move around in. Cameras are a huge part of that, so we want to keep up to date on the latest in state of the art wearable cameras and WristCam is a good example of that. They make a camera that snaps onto an Apple Watch. Actually it's two cameras. Well, here, watch this video and meet the team behind it, and then get on the waiting list here: http://getcmra.com/
Description: Imagine seeing all the sales from your store shelves streaming off of them, or visualizing your employee data in a new way. That is Suzanne Borders' dream. She runs BadVR http://badvr.com and we visited her headquarters near Los Angeles to meet her and her team and understand what she's building. Her system, which works in both VR and AR/Spatial Computing headsets like the one from Magic Leap, does immersive data visualization. It's not charts coming off of Excel. It's a lot more and here you get a taste. "Find insights in a way that is easy and intuitive to everybody," she says. "Our whole goal is to democratize data." She told us as a kid she dreamed of living in Star Trek's "Holodeck." Here she is building it. Their secret sauce goes way beyond their irreverent name. They build their own hardware so people can zoom in and out of data much easier than by using virtual interfaces and the controllers that come with VR headsets, that are made for gaming mostly. We also discuss the coming role of 5G as the Spatial Computing industry gets going, and where she thinks computing is about to go.
Description: NucleusVR makes factories better with VR and AR. Here CEO Alexander Bolton shows us how his system works at the Silicon Valley VR meeting in May, 2019. Learn more at https://nucleusvr.com
Description: Irena Cronin, CEO of Infinite Retina, interviews Victor Luo, General Manager, Operations Lab, and Sasha Samochina, Immersive Visualization Producer, at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) on NASA's Virtual and Augmented Reality initiatives. Join us as we learn about the best businesses in Spatial Computing. More about Infinite Retina is at https://infiniteretina.com.
Description: You are seeing a ton of new VR and AR experiences being demoed at movie festivals like Sundance or Tribeca, but here Infinite Retina's Irena Cronin, CEO, and Robert Scoble, Chief Strategy Officer, meet with Dave Smiddy, Head of Product at Intel Studios. This is the world's largest volumetric capture dome. It's inside a huge sound studio and is a huge dome that can fit literally a basketball game inside. Around the dome are more than 100 4k cameras, and under the dome is a datacenter where all the data from the cameras are collected and processed. Here Smiddy talks about the future of movies and TV and, even, virtual beings that will be captured inside studios like this. Join us as we learn about the best businesses in Spatial Computing. More about Infinite Retina is at https://infiniteretina.com.
Description: Infinite Retina's CEO, Irena Cronin, and its Chief Strategy Officer, Robert Scoble, meet with University of Southern California student Sagar Ramesh and get a tour through its MXR lab. This is where students do Spatial Computing research and is only one of such labs at USC. Here he walks us through his student project, called Ollie, which lets VR wearers animate things in a virtual world in VR. He let Scoble's son, Ryan, play it and he discovers it along with you thanks to our new 360-degree camera. You can sign up to get the beta for free at http://ollievr.com. This video edited by Infinite Retina's CTO Marcelo Moyano who did great work converting a 360-degree video into 1080p. Join us as we learn about the best businesses in Spatial Computing. More about Infinite Retina is at https://infiniteretina.com.
Description: The DigiBarn is actually part of Bruce Damer's home up in the mountains above Silicon Valley. There Bruce has collected quite a few of the original artifacts of the computing industry and very few people get to visit it. Here we visit and get a tour. In this first part Bruce walks us through early Apple history. In the second part he walks us through the barn itself. Very awesome. Learn more about the DigiBarn here: http://www.digibarn.com/
Description: Infinite Retina's Chief Strategy Officer, Robert Scoble, has an 11-year-old son, Milan, who is autistic. Now, he isn't the kind of autistic that starts companies. He is going to have a tough time adopting to the "normie" world (what we call neurotypical people). He can barely talk. He isn't always good at paying attention crossing roads. He will have a tough time holding down a job, particularly one that requires communication with other human beings (which will be most of them, particularly since the world is turning many jobs that he will be able to do into robot-run services). At Infinite Retina we have a bigger dream. What if, people like him (and he isn't facing as difficult a challenge as many others) could be helped by technology? We see a way, and so does a little company working away at BoostVC (https://www.boost.vc/), which we see as the spiritual center for VR/AR/AI community. That's a startup accelerator located in San Mateo and was started by Adam Draper, the son of one of Silicon Valley's most famous investors. His father, Tim, invested in tons of startups from Tesla to Hotmail, along with his firm DFJ (which recently changed its name to Threshold (https://www.threshold.vc). The company is BehaviorMe (https://www.behaviorme.co/). Here Robert sits down with Andy Chavez and Annie Escalante joins via videoconference. In the video, they explain how VR is being used to help autism therapists provide ABA therapy to kids with autism. They dig into what ABA therapy is, and how it's currently applied. Today their system is being used by a few therapists who are seeing good results. Why? Because these kids take to technology, particularly technology like VR very quickly. Why? They usually are amazing at visual processing. Some autistic kids, in fact, are so good at visual processing they go on to have amazing careers, like Temple Grandin did developing cattle handling facilities [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Grandin_(film)]. But both we, and the team at BehaviorMe, see far more opportunity as new Spatial Computing devices come out (we use the term "Spatial Computing," which means computing you can move around in, because there are many devices coming that will go far beyond the VR and AR devices we currently have and will include AI aspects as a norm). In the interview we explore some of the ways autistic kids could be helped in the future with these kinds of technology. In fact, when Irena Cronin and Robert Scoble first were thinking of starting a company, he told her this is why he cared so much about Spatial Computing and the industry that quickly is forming to build and support it. We see how headset-based computing will greatly help his son have a productive life, from showing him how to do complex tasks to reminding him of basic things that we take for granted, like teeth brushing to finding him a ride to job or school via something like Uber or Lyft or a self driving car. Soon we will be wearing similar glasses, but for him those devices might be life saving. Join us as we learn about the best businesses in Spatial Computing. More about Infinite Retina is at https://infiniteretina.com.
Description: Significant day in AR. First day my front lawn was turned into an AR Cloud by 6D.AI. Matt Miesnieks’ company and a new app called “Babble Rabbit” from https://babblerabbit.com that uses 6D’s platform to give the rabbit a way to play around on my front lawn (App available April 19). Thanks Patrick O’Shaughnessey https://twitter.com/patchedreality for the fun! If you told me in journalism school that I would be playing with virtual rabbits someday I probably would have not taken you seriously. But here we are! Thanks to my nine-year-old son Ryan for running camera.
Description: Artie's founders, Armando Kirwin, and Ryan Horrigan, talk to Infinite Retina's Robert Scoble about the Autonomous Avatar space, and how they are building their business to bring virtual beings to life. Learn more about Infinite Retina at https://infiniteretina.com/ and Artie at https://www.artie.com/.
Description: Ross Finman runs Augmented Reality (AR) research at Niantic, the company that develops and runs the Pokémon GO, which is a world-scale game that uses AR. Later this year it will release Harry Potter, which will use new AR features that Finman's team developed. Here, Irena Cronin and Robert Scoble of Infinite Retina sit down and learn more about how Ross approaches AR/Spatial Computing and what we might expect. Learn more about Infinite Retina at https://infiniteretina.com/ and Niantic at https://nianticlabs.com/.
Description: Airobotics launches autonomous industrial drones and announces $28.5 million in funding. What does that mean? It makes drones that fly, with very little human involvement, thanks to a series of breakthroughs in robotics, sensors, and navigation systems. Keep in mind these aren’t things that just anyone will be able to buy. Who is in the market for them? Anyone who has a sizable plant that’s worth hundreds of millions to billions of dollars. Oil refineries. Mines. Factories, etc. If you have multiple people providing security for such, for instance, or have to inspect miles of pipes regularly for leaks, you might be in the target market for one of these. Why is it significant? Because this isn’t a consumer drone retrofitted for continuous use, like previous companies have tried. No, this is a completely redesigned system from a highly-specialized shed that houses a robot that changes the payload under the drone to an advanced tracking system to monitor a series of autonomous drones, to the drones themselves, which are designed to be far more reliable than usual drones and that can carry a much heavier payload than, say, a DJI drone can carry. “We wanted to build a drone that’s as reliable as a missile,” says Ran Kraus, CEO and cofounder. “The computer usually does it better than you,” he told me while explaining why an autonomous drone will be better for a variety of tasks than a human-flown one, or a human on the ground with a camera. Today it isn’t just announcing this drone system, but $28.5 million in funding. Major investors include Noam Bardin, the CEO of Waze (acquired by Google), Richard Wooldridge, Google ATAP’s COO, and BlueRun Ventures. When you visit this company in its Israel offices a short drive from Tel Aviv you’ll notice it’s a different kind of startup right away. First, from the outside you’d never expect a multi-million-dollar company inside. Second, when you walk around you see a ton of quotes in huge signs on the wall, with a few cages for testing out new drone designs, along with dozens of workers putting the touches on three different pieces of its business: a base station with a variety of communication radios and GPS sensors, a motorized airbase (looks like a large shed) that houses a commercial robot that grabs the drone, switches its battery and payload, er, sensors, and the drone itself which has blades much longer than your usual consumer-focused drone. Airbotics’ drone is flying over Israel Chemicals (ICL), a global manufacturer of products based on specialty minerals. ICL produces a third of the world’s bromine, and is the sixth largest potash producer, at its 1,000-acre facility in Israel. The Airbase's door automatically opens and a Launchpad pushes the drone up. Then the drone fires its engines, flies off, and works for up to 30 minutes performing a variety of chores over its site, say providing live video feeds for security purposes or checking fence lines. Then comes back and automatically lands. All of this without humans involved, at about 9:53 into my interview you see one fly off out of its shed. I wasn’t allowed to shoot it landing, because how it gets guided back into the AirBase is a trade secret the company doesn’t want its competitors to be able to see before being deployed in the field, but I saw it do it and it landed easily on a platform in the shed, which was quickly lowered inside and the AirBase doors automatically closed while the robot inside replaced the batteries with a freshly-charged one, and replaced the sensor payload from a 4K video camera to one that can do 3D mapping (a variety of sensor payloads are available). At the push of a button the drone can be called home for a new payload. Say you own an oil refinery you can switch the video camera payload out for one that looks for gas leaks. How much does this cost? A lot, but Kraus says it’s a lot cheaper than having a human who provides the same services. He knows, he had Israel’s first commercial license as a drone pilot. As part of the cost they work with a plant’s team to setup a series of automated tasks for the drones to complete on a regular basis. Currently it has several payloads and sensors: A DSLR high-res (4K) camera for mapping and surveying. Combo - RGB and IR video camera for security and inspection purposes. And a HD video camera (4k). Coming soon: LiDAR, Hyperspectral and Multispectral, and a gas sensing video camera as optional sensor payloads. All payloads are kept inside the AirBase and a robot arm inside changes the payloads as needed. Learn more at http://airobotics.co.il You may see the full press release here with all the details: https://pr.blonde20.com/airobotics/ Here is a link to the new super cool Airobotics’ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwCGvUjO6ec&feature=youtu.be
Description: The future of robots, self driving cars, augmented reality. Depth sensor from http://www.stereolabs.com/ CEO Cecile Schmollgruber shows it to me. At Rackspace Hosting we can't wait to help you build a business on top of "eyes" like this. Drop us a line!
Description: Here I visit Ford's new R&D center in Silicon Valley where it showed the press how it uses virtual reality to design and test new car concepts.
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