My COVID Story Competition

Appearition is excited to announce the launch of ‘My COVID Story’. A fun, new competition to beat the school holiday boredom blues and inspire young minds to share their experiences during the pandemic in a new and exciting way.

Students will be required to create an AR experience of their life under COVID. This may include something new they’ve learnt, how this time is making them feel, what they’ve missed, or something they’ve done that is different. The possibilities are endless. With Appearition’s EducART AR Studio they can create an experience that will be capture this time in history.

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The competition is open to Australian school kids of all ages across years K-12. The winning student in each age group will win a 2021 subscription to EducART Pro for themselves and their school. The top 5 students’ experiences in each age group will take home a published book with a full page feature of the winning experience plus 4 runners up from each age group will receive a quarter page feature.

The competition closes on 11th October 2020, so if you know someone who might be interested make sure to pass it on.

For more information on how to enter the competition head to https://educart.appearition.com/my-covid-story/ 

Young AR creators: Appearition’s workshop for school kids

Industry 4.0 is redefining the future of work. Technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics are changing the future ways of working. For today’s students, it is vital to understand how these technologies work, for they are the future workforce, who are set to engage with these technologies.

We at Appearition believe that it is important to shape the thoughts of these future workers. As a part of our EdTech outreach series, Brendan and Arindam from our team conducted a workshop for school students in partnership with Real Time Learning (RTL). RTL is a social enterprise that provides students with the opportunity to learn from industrial partners.

Brendan and Arindam enabled the students to understand the basics of AR technology and its application in the industry. Using 8AR platform, the students got to create their own AR experience. Luke Kerr, Programme Director of RTL feels it is important for students at a young age to get an appreciation for how quickly things change. ‘Students in school are exploring AR content but very few have the opportunity to develop and create content. With an industry partner, it is so good for students to hear of the different use cases that the companies are partnering with their customers. This helps our students think more creatively on how they could use AR in the future,’ he adds.

Overheard at the workshop, a conversation between 14-year-old Gemma and 12-year old Ethan:

Gemma: ‘I thought AR technology would be like Tony Stark’s visor. This is actually very simple to use.’

Ethan: ‘Look, Gemma. I created my own AR experience using 8AR. Scan this image of my wallpaper and see what happens.’

(Gemma scans)

‘Nice! I wish we can scan all our favourite images to trigger an experience.’

‘If we can augment 3D overlay onto physical things, we can look at an image of an engine and see all the different components of how it works and instructions on how to build all the components into an engine. Using an AR headset, we can see the instructions alongside our actual work in progress in real time.’

Ethan: ‘When Brendan and Arindam showed us some demos, I realised that AR will help train people to do risky things. If they fail, they won’t hurt themselves whilst training!’

Students pick-up the ropes of technology faster than we imagine. Within an hour, Gemma and Ethan understood the enterprise application of the technology and how AR can impact workflow.

Appearition along with EdTech champions like RTL are making students future ready, one step at a time! True to our motto, enabling these students to succeed at creating their own AR experience made our day. We are already looking forward to hosting the next set of students!

International Mining & Machinery Exhibition 2018

Appearition’s Ravi and Aswin attended the International Mining & Machinery Exhibition (IMME), a 4-day International exhibition organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Kolkata at Ecopark, Rajarghat. The is the 14th edition organized by CII. The exhibition had 400+ exhibitors from all over the world, especially, Australia, China, Canada, Czech Republic, UK, the USA among others. Mining in India contributes to about 2% of India’s GDP and about 10% – 11% of the industrial sector GDP [1]. A variety of stalls were set up ranging from machinery, spares and software companies.

Key topics of discussion:

Internet of Things which is becoming a part of our daily life has also set its foothold in the mining sector with many innovative solutions and systems providing a testimonial for the same. IoT is being used in a drilling system that uses IoT to share and analyse the condition of bearings and other parts.

Immersive Technology like Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are helping workers in this high-risk field with their simulation and virtual training capabilities. In machinery training instead of the need to train on real machines where mistakes might cost the business millions, a simulator would be much more cost efficient. Also, in the field of safety training, a VR based solution gives workers a chance to train in the virtual world as opposed to the real world, where the risk of injury is higher. A VR solution due to its inherent nature has more involvement from the users and is better suited.

The Mining industry is all set to embrace more frontier technology. This would continue to grow in the next couple of years with more corporates and verticals adopting the latest in terms of technology and solution.

Mining network:

The conference was the place to be to network with people creating the latest gadgets, developing the software and working with disruptive technology in the mining sector. It gave us a chance to experience the latest technology and understand the future of work in that sector.

 

[1] As of 2010

Gartner Symposium Australia – 2018

Appearition’s Rod Smith attended the 2018 Gartner Symposium in Gold Coast. With over 2000 attendees across the 2-day event, Rod shares his experience from the trip and on the emerging technologies that Gartner spoke about:

The Continuous Next

This year’s Symposium revolved around the theme ‘Continuous Next.’ Gartner sees the future in terms of continuous change at an increasing pace. A key vision for the future was the “Digital Twin” concept where organisation processes could be twinned for training and operational purposes. This could be of significant impact in augmented reality terms, particularly in asset digital twins. One of the more contentious statements was the expectation that companies should move from a project focus to a product focus. Culture also featured strongly, and the change management strategy required for implementing any new technology.

Keynote Address:

One of the highlights of the symposium was a presentation by Garry Kasparov (pictured below), the former world chess champion, and author. He provided a fascinating tale of his competition with the IBM Deep Blue chess program, which he claimed became a turning point in the artificial intelligence (AI) roadmap for chess. Kasparov centred his talk about AI and what it means to us, humans.

Disruptive technologies

The symposium had a big focus on disruptive technologies such as blockchain, digital twins, Augmented Reality (AR). Particularly, AR is at the point of starting on “the slope of enlightenment” section of the Gartner hype cycle. Digital twins was widely spoken about and heavily emphasised. This creates significant opportunities for AR companies which can model equipment assets and model processes. The payback for companies will be better utilisation of resources, efficiency and cost savings.

Gartner’s ITXPO

The ITXPO was held at the convention centre and accompanied the symposium. The XPO witnessed the likes of several large groups of vendors. Several tech enthusiasts celebrated the spirit of Halloween as the event drew close:

 

For all those in the business of technology, Gartner Symposium 2018 was the place to be!

IAMAI – Augmented and Virtual Reality committee

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) recently formed an industrial expert committee to develop and promote immersive technologies – Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) ecosystem in India.

‘The committee was formed to identify opportunities and challenges to help India’s AR/VR ecosystem, in partnership with government, industry and startups,’ says Kalyan Biswas, Associate Vice President, IAMAI.

This initiative will help to promote the fast-growing technology to drive economic growth, jobs and skill development in the country.

The committee is chaired by Namrita Mahindro, Senior General Manager, – Digital Transformation, Mahindra Group and co-chaired by Satyajeet Singh, Head –Strategic Product Partnership, India & South Asia, Facebook.

Committee’s agenda:

While speaking to Appearition about the committee’s plans, Biswas said they aim to:

–    nurture India’s AR/VR technology and talent ecosystem, particularly, skill development

–    engage with business, industry and government to evangelise acceptance of the technology

–    help drive training workshops, to familiarise potential users with technology and build use cases in key sectors

‘Currently, we have formed two sub-groups of 4-5 members each. The sub-groups would help in planning and guide IAMAI in executing the plan as agreed by the committee, building Ecosystem and help in the interaction with Government,’ explains Biswas.

The Indian AR-VR market is set to grow at a compound annual rate of 76% in the next five years. [1] With immersive technologies redefining the future of the workplace, such a committee with an agenda to drive the adoption is a welcome move.

Source: [1] https://bit.ly/2OZdrTj

 

 

 

Register your Interest for our Unity SDK Beta Test Program

Appearition invites users to join closed beta testing group for Enterprise SDK – here’s how to sign up.

Appearition is looking to recruit about 50 people to a closed, private group of beta testers to help in early builds of software for the EMS Enterprise Unity SDK. Eligible users would need to, be active in the Unity developer community, be willing to give feedback, and also sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Closed Beta program is an opportunity for us to listen to your feedback and refine or revise our product strategy based on that. It also helps us to find major bugs at an early stage and release more stable Open Beta and official builds.

The Closed Beta Group is the closest group to Appearition staff. Given the privacy aspect, you are required to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with Appearition to be part of this program.

Register your interest here. Simply fill out the information required.

Magnify World 2018

It was a lot of fun being a part of Magnify World 2018. Team Appearition put up an exclusive stall and Mark Hillebrand, our Head of Professional Services, was part of a panel discussion on Education and Training.

We had several visitors at our stall, excited to know more about the disruptive technology – Augmented Reality.

A snapshot of our two days at Magnify World:

Pics 1, 2, 3, 4: Setup

Table – check
Demo – check
Screens – check
Gadgets- check
Scenes from our setup mode

Simon and Dhaya moments before the event started

Simon demonstrating the use of AR glasses

Busy stall day! Exciting voices who experienced AR for the first time, innovators who explored the use of AR for their business

Vivek (Brendan in the background) in conversation with stall visitors


Mark Hillebrand during his panel discussion

And, that’s a wrap! Look who spoke about our work:

 

 

 

Shaping future minds

Disruptive technologies like Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are changing the face of enterprises as we know it. Appearition is constantly working towards educating young minds in these technologies and making them future ready.

Appearition along with our partners Real Time Learning and Epson was a part of a day-long session to educate kids between the ages 9 and 12 and provide an overview to their parents on Extended Reality (XR) (which covers the spectrum from AR to VR) – what is it all about and how one can use it.

The event was organised by ANZ bank for the children of staff over the school holidays in support of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) workshops.

Sujanth and Brendan of Appearition provided guidance through the day, supporting hands-on learning with AR and VR.

A learning curve

Epson’s Dwayne Williams brought Moverio AR headsets to enable kids to experience AR. Several kids and their parents learnt in detail about the basics of the technology, its application and benefits.

‘Students experienced Virtual Reality and were amazed to see virtual structures outside of the gadget. We believe that when students get acquainted with these technologies, it helps provide a better understanding of potential careers when they grow up,’ says Brendan Ridge, Solutions Specialist, Appearition.

This is one of the many EdTech outreach programmes that Appearition has been championing in the recent times. We hope to inspire a lot more in the days to come.

Enterprise Reality

Appearition in association with TiE, Chennai will host an Exclusive seminar on ‘Enterprise Reality’

We have Mark Sage, Executive Director, AREA and Rod Smith, Platform Sales, Appearition talking on AR trends and Change Management.

The session will be moderated by Vivek Aiyer, Founder-CEO, Appearition.

Come, join us for an evening of discussion on AR and Change Management!

Send us an email to register for the event – info@appearition.com 

 

Student AR creators: Appearition’s workshop for school kids

As disruptive technologies grow, thousands of jobs will be created, and several others’ skill sets will widen. Appearition has always believed that introduction to these technology concepts from school will better prepare students for a digital world ahead.

Among multiple such drives, Brendan Ridge of our team recently conducted an exclusive workshop for school students on the basics of augmented reality and an overview to our product 8AR – the content creation tool.

Appearition, in partnership with Real Time Learning (RTL), a social enterprise in enabling students to learn by doing – ran this one-on-one workshop. RTL helps students engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Entrepreneurship. As their industry partner, Appearition enabled these students to create their own augmented reality content. Furthermore, they got an overview of enterprise adoption of this technology.  Students get the opportunity to learn the application and scalability of the technology, explore developing their content and facilitate peer-to-peer teaching and learning.

A great learning curve

‘Through these workshops, students are enabled, empowered and engaged. It enables them to learn by doing, empowers them to be able to explore solutions in real-life and engages them with skills of future,’ says Luke Kerr, Programme Director, RTL.

‘We taught the students to shoot green-screen videos, understand how AR will enhance a process in industries; create their own AR experience (content) on Appearition’s Experience Management System (EMS). We believe that these workshops give an insight into cutting-edge technology; enables them to come up with solutions for real-life,’ says Ridge.

With industry 4.0 rewriting the skillsets of existing jobs, Appearition and EdTech champions like RTL are making kids industry ready with exposure to such technology. These collaborative industry training kindles students’ creative thinking and nurtures the roots for future entrepreneurs.