Mobile Monday Detroit sets demo of AR and VR gear

DETROIT – In recent years, wearables, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have been gaining significant media attention and showing tremendous growth potential. However, most people don’t have a clear understanding of what these technologies are, what they’re capable of, how they will take advantage of connected technologies, or how they can be used. Mobile Monday Detroit’s event on Monday, Oct. 9 aims to change that.

MoMoDetroit has invited experts from diverse industries such as manufacturing, 3D devices, customized training, software development, augmented reality, technology development and a multi-media conglomerate to provide hands-on demonstrations of their wearable and AR/VR integrated technologies at the event, taking place at RIIS, 1250 Stephenson Highway in Troy, at 5:30 p.m.

This event will be a strictly “hands-on” experience with a variety of companies demonstrating their technologies and being available to answer any questions those attending may have. Unlike the typical Mobile Monday Detroit event, this event will not include any presentations.

“This is a must-attend event for anyone interested in seeing in real-time what these technologies are capable of,” said MTAM executive director Linda Daichendt. “The event will offer a hands-on opportunity with all of the equipment being displayed, and the ability to ask questions of experts across a variety of industries about the equipment, the software, and the various use cases. It’s very rare at a local community event to have access to this level of expertise and equipment; normally one would have to attend a large trade show to get this experience. We encourage the Metro Detroit community to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Demonstrators will include:
* Salvatore “Sam” Vilardi, vice president of product development, and Justin Kirkegaard, software engineer, at Troy-based AR and VR product developers Immy Inc.
* Simon Weallans, automotive sales manager at Los Angeles-based augmented reality product developer Daqri Inc.
* Sam Harrell, media lab research director at NBC Universal
* Erica Scaffel, vice president of sales at Royal Oak visual presentation software developer Pixo Group
* Gordon Thorsby, account executive, and Jason Bauer, chief marketing specialist at the Troy-based 3D vision product developer Orbbec
* Matt Kurtin, lead programmer and learning technology consultant, Troy-based Innovative Learning Group
* Barrie Vince, software architect at Troy-based manufacturing software developers Plex Systems.

Technologies planned to be demonstrated include Immy Smart Glasses, Daqri Smart Helmet, Daqri Smart Glasses, Microsoft HoloLens, Vive HTC Steam VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Holography, Microsoft HoloLens, Google Glass, and Vuzix.

The event is free to attend but advance reservations are required at http://meetup.com/Mobile-Monday-Detroit. Refreshments will be served courtesy of our host and sponsor, RIIS. Free parking is available onsite.

Mobile Monday Michigan, a subsidiary of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, is a mobile and wireless industry networking and education organization which is a branch of the international Mobile Monday organization. Michigan currently has four chapters — Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids — with more than 3,000 members statewide. More at www.GoMobileMichigan.org.

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