Since 2010, AWE’s mission has been to shepherd the AR and VR (XR) industry into the mainstream; we strive to showcase the best of the best - thought leaders, practitioners, startups, and leading corporations. For the next decade our aspiration is to continue to work with you to guide the industry into becoming an essential part of our lives and work. In his welcome keynote address, the co-founder of AWE will envision the Spatial World of 2030. If we know where we are going, we have more confidence in taking the first step.
Said Bakadir, Director, Product Management in XR will talk about the current XR landscape. He will also talk about existing technology trends and requirements and of those in the near future that will need to be addressed in order to continue to grow both the enterprise and consumer XR industries.
The digital revolution has changed every aspect of our lives, the very essence of how we live, work and play. It's defied predictions of visionaries and techno prophets where instead of creating an alternative cyber space parallel to our reality, the opposite is happening: information is no longer confined to the pixels on our screens. The entire physical world -- even living and breathing matter -- is being infused with data, demanding new, unprecedented forms of interactivity. In this talk, Ivan Poupyrev will discuss his explorations of the present and the future where technology, connectivity and intelligence are woven into the very fabric of our lives. He will outline his vision of the world as an interface where everything is connected and interactive, viewed through a lens of projects that cover over 20 years of research and that spans and connects a variety of fields from augmented and virtual reality, haptics and touch interfaces, to radars, smart fabrics and interactive living plants. The talk will present his most recent explorations in creating future ambient computing environments: development of a pico-radar for awareness and touchless gesture interaction (Project Soli), and designing a platform for manufacturing interactive, connected soft goods at scale (Project Jacquard).
The flat web is evolving to become spatial. With standards and browser updates gradually being rolled out and development platforms now available to enable WebAR and WebVR experiences - we are witnessing the rise of the Immersive Web. What is the state of the Immersive web today? What needs to happen to fully usher it in? And what role does it play in our Augmented and Virtual futures? Join Erik Murphy-Chutorian, CEO and Founder of 8th Wall, the leading development platform for reality content on the web, as he shines a light on the massive opportunity of WebAR and WebVR.
Join Dave Bushore (Executive Producer, Marvel Studios), Vicki Dobbs Beck (Executive in Charge, ILMxLAB), and Michael Koperwas (Visual Director, ILMxLAB), as they share how Marvel Studios and ILMxLAB expanded and allowed fans to step into the Marvel Cinematic Universe through Avengers: Damage Control. They'll discuss how they brought immersion, developing for an interactive space, and the unique wish fulfillment opportunities and experiences that location-based entertainment offers to Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
With the proliferation of AI, AR, VR, and the increased consumer appetite for more experiential and personalized forms of entertainment, an inflection point for the entire media entertainment industry will be upon us sooner than later. How will the industry respond? In this session, entertainment execs will discuss where they see the future of entertainment heading. Questions to be addressed: -Will there be room for both the old-school and new-school versions of content creation (i.e. passive vs. interactive, communal vs personalized experiences, out-of-home vs in-home)? -If incorporating AI and Virtual Beings into future entertainment offerings, what are the psychological, ethical, and moral considerations that need to be made? -Will AI and a more personalized interactive form of entertainment undermine the writers and creators of classic entertainment? Who will control the content if it's user-driven? -How will AI affect IP? How will movie studios be able to monetize interactive, ever-changing virtual beings when each one means different things to different people based on their own personalized experiences with them?
Olfaction, our oldest and most primal sense is deeply intertwined with our memory, emotion, cognition, and behavior. Aaron Wisniewski, Co-Founder and CEO of OVR Technology explores how combining this often overlooked and misunderstood sense with today’s most cutting-edge technology is the crucial missing piece that can positively impact healthcare and therapy. With a focus on mental health applications - like exposure therapy for PTS in war Veterans and first responders - this talk will highlight how Olfactory Virtual Reality works and how clinicians might use it to meet urgent human needs.
Beauty and cosmetic industries are constantly evolving. Personalization is becoming essential and mastering a consumer-centric strategy is key. Through the use of advanced image recognition and machine learning technology, smart beauty tech solutions can help brands and retailers connect with consumers in a whole new way. Alice Chang, Founder and CEO of Perfect Corp., will discuss how brands can master AI + AR beauty tech solutions to deliver personalized customer experiences that drive conversion.