2019 Kickoff: Some Reflections and Predictions
Smartglasses will transform how we discover, make decisions, and interact with the people, objects, and information around us. Once they have been fully realized, smartglasses will enable each and every person to be more creative and productive, and to achieve greater enlightenment and accomplishment. But progress was slow in 2018, and we are still a long ways from seeing our neighbors and friends wearing them.
In this 2019 Kickoff episode, I look back at progress in 2018 and share a few thoughts about what I expect in 2019. I also reiterate why I believe smartglasses will have such a massive impact on society as well as the hurdles to achieving that impact.
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Links From The Episode
- Article: Meta Vision restructures & downsizes - reported and press release
- Article: Avegant Layoffs
- Article: ODG patent sale
- Company Website: Google Glass
- Company Website: North Focals
- Article: Microsoft wins $480M military contract to outfit soldiers with HoloLens AR tech
- Article: Microsoft Adds Passthrough Video to Windows VR
- Article: Epson Moverio smartglasses
- Company Website: Realwear - head-mounted wearable computer system + AR Show interview with CEO, Andy Lowery
- Company Website: PLNAR - mobile AR for insurance assessment and home remodeling + AR Show interview with CEO, Andy Greff
- Company Website: 6D.ai - AR platform with depth, occlusion, and physics + Interview with CEO, Matt Miesnieks
- Company Website: Ubiquity6 - AR platform with semantic understanding for shared, persistent experiences
- Company Website: Sturfee - AR platform with localization, geometry detection, persistent multiuser AR experiences over entire cities
- Company Website: 8th Wall - AR toolkit for mobile websites + AR Show interview with CEO, Erik Murphy-Chutorian
- Announcement: Niantic $1M competition and the fine print