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This Week in XR Podcast

This Week In XR 3-10-2023 ft. Blake Kammerdiener, Senior Manager, Film & TV, XR Programming

Charlie is live in Austin at SXSW and Ted soon will be. Our guest is Blake Kammerdiener, who's responsible for programming the XR Exhibition. Also up this week, RIP Altspace, Pimax Hi-Res HMD scores $30M, Live, free Rec Room music festival. 


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    This week our guest is Susanne Haspinger, COO of Hololight. Rony's at an AI Medical conference. The big news is OpenAI's reveal of expanded memory for ChatGPT and the tease of the next Dall-E upgrade, a text-to-video app called Sora, which is capable of generating up to a minute of video from a single prompt. Nvidia, now the world's third largest company, introduced Chat RTX for PCs that will search across local files. The legal battles of OpenAI may be breaking in its favor. Susanne, who was one of the co-founders of Hololight, talks with us about Hololight's work in cloud streaming XR content and working with automakers and defense contractors on their use of the industrial metaverse, which she predicts will have major ROI and other breakthroughs in 2024. Thank you to our sponsor, Zappar!Don't forget to like, share, and follow for more! Follow us on all socials @ThisWeekInXR!https://linktr.ee/thisweekinxr
  • This Week In XR February 9th, 2024 ft. Caleb and Shelby Ward of Curious Refuge, Cinematic AI Filmmakers

    52:41
    We recorded one of our best shows this morning with Cinematic AI Filmmakers Caleb & Shelby Ward. If you have not seen their hilarious Wes Anderson Star Wars trailer you are missing a treat. Meanwhile, the week rewarded us with some big news: Disney puts up $15B for Epic to make their game and entertainment universe, Ted is in love - with his new Apple Vision Pro, Google replaces Bard with Gemini, and deep fakes fool a Hong Kong bank into wiring $25M. Status Pro VR, Polycam 3D, Camb.ai, Atlas 3D, All Score Funding. Then Caleb and Shelby, of Curious Refuge, give us a fantastic look at the future of film.Thank you to our sponsor, Zappar!Don't forget to like, share, and follow for more! Follow us on all socials @ThisWeekInXR!https://linktr.ee/thisweekinxr
  • This Week In XR February 2nd, 2024 ft. Tommy Palm, CEO Resolution Games

    44:14
    This week the hosts are together, live and in-person *for the first time* from the glamorous Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles. It's a propitious day on top of that, of course, as today is 2-2-24, the official launch day of the Apple Vision Pro. In addition, Meta reported a record quarter, a record dividend, a stock buyback, and a successful Christmas season for its Reality Labs division. The stock shot up fifteen percent. This is just twenty-four hours after CEO Zuck was flogged in Washington, DC (again). The plot thickens as we bring in Xreal's raise of $60M to release its Xreal Air2 Ultra, a $600 alternative to the AVP. Our guest is Tommy Palm, CEO of Resolution Games, which released a game studio on the Pro store today. Thank you to our sponsor, Zappar!Don't forget to like, share, and follow for more! Follow us on all socials @ThisWeekInXR!https://linktr.ee/thisweekinxr
  • This Week In XR January 26th, 2024 ft. David Weinstein, Nvidia’s Head of XR

    47:53
    Ted is doing his real job for Viacom today but Rony is with us, while on a ferry in Florida, en route to a secret rendezvous. In the news: Eleven Labs raising $80M for voice cloning, $6.7M for Artisse AI photo app for models and influencers, and the new Rabbit R1 a compact, toy-like $200 handheld AI "Large Action Model" that knows you and your apps. Rony says the price is so low, China must be underwriting it as part of another insidious TikTok-like scheme to steal your data. Our guest is David Weinstein, Senior Director of XR at Nvidia. He takes on a fascinating deep dive into Nvidia's XR strategy, which has four pillars: (1) photorealism, (2) AI, (3) Streaming/split rendering, and (4) collaboration, all taking place in the Omniverse, which David describes as XR's "simulation engine." Thank you to our sponsor, Zappar!Don't forget to like, share, and follow for more! Follow us on all socials @ThisWeekInXR!https://linktr.ee/thisweekinxr
  • This Week In XR January 19th, 2024 ft. Shelly Palmer, Professor at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University

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    Jason McDowall of the AR Show podcast sits in the co-host chair as Ted and Rony are traveling. They missed a great show. With Rony absent we take a deep dive into troubles at Magic Leap and how its recent raise of $590M of debt financing from its majority shareholder, Saudi Arabia, is actually bad news. If they didn't get there with the last infusion of half a billion dollars, how do they get to profitability this time around? Our guest is consultant Shelly Palmer of the Palmer Group. He is a professor at the Newhouse School, and a technology and strategy consultant to some of the biggest companies in the world, including Samsung, Meta, Ford and Nike. Shelly has deep insight into how businesses need to change and adapt to what he calls "the generative age." Resources to our guests' websites:https://shellypalmer.com/https://www.thearshow.com/Thank you to our sponsor, Zappar!Don't forget to like, share, and follow for more! Follow us on all socials @ThisWeekInXR!https://linktr.ee/thisweekinxr
  • This Week In XR January 12th, 2024 ft. Faith Popcorn, Futurist

    59:23
    Live from CES, Charlie and Ted recap the show, the Sphere experience, Xreal's newest AR glasses, the new Sony enterprise XR pass-through HMD, healthtech and, outside the show, layoffs at Unity and Google's AR hardware team. Our guest is the original futurist, author Faith Popcorn, who was at CES on behalf of holographic telepresence company, Proto. She's made some of the biggest calls about the direction of the economy, tech and society, in the past 30 years, including the end of retail. Thank you to our sponsor, Zappar!Don't forget to like, share, and follow for more! Follow us on all socials @ThisWeekInXR!https://linktr.ee/thisweekinxr
  • This Week In XR January 5th, 2024 ft. Gary Shapiro, President and CEO at CES

    59:23
    This week our guest is Gary Shapiro, CEO of CES, making good on the appearance that last week was handled by the CTA's futurist, Brian Comisky. In the news, more talk about copyrights as the 1924 "Steamboat Willie'' version of Mickey Mouse enters the public domain. XReal says it sold 350K pairs of its Air2 Assisted Reality smartglasses that provide the user a big screen experience on the go using mobile devices, game consoles, tablets and laptops. AI Search engine Perplexity raised $73.6M. The Chat GPT store will open next week. Gary Shapiro talks about his forty year career with CES and how it's grown. He also talks about his experience as an industry advocate with a nuanced, legal view on intellectual property laws, which are at the center of AI like ChatGPT. Thank you to our sponsor, Zappar!Don't forget to like, share, and follow for more! Follow us on all socials @ThisWeekInXR!https://linktr.ee/thisweekinxr
  • This Week In XR December 29th, 2023 ft. Brian Comiskey, Futurist, CES

    42:32
    Today our guest is, after some confusion, Brian Comisky, Futurist for CTA (which puts on CES). We start the show on a slow holiday news week with a discussion of the NY Times suit against OpenAI, apparently following unsuccessful negotiations. CES is the largest trade show in the world, with 130,000 people already registered. Brian joins us to discuss past hype cycles, future ones, and what to expect in 2024 (AI everywhere). Thank you to our sponsor, Zappar!Don't forget to like, share, and follow for more! Follow us on all socials @ThisWeekInXR!https://linktr.ee/thisweekinxr
  • This Week In XR December 22nd, 2023 ft. Sarah Hill, CEO Healium

    45:00
    This week's guest, Sarah Hill, CEO of Healium (note spelling) was guest #1 on our podcast, in July 2020. We were experimenting with both the format of the show and recording the podcast in VR. It was a relatively slow news week, except Bytedance was booted off Azure Cloud's OpenAI for using it to train its own model, which is strictly verboten. Amidst denials, they were also caught covering it up. Rony has a lot to say about China and the theft of intellectual property, which, ironically is what OpenAI itself did when it scraped the Internet to begin with. Microsoft is shutting down its Mixed Reality OS, setting off a flurry of XR hand wringing. Healium is a platform agnostic app which uses biometrics to help users control hypertension, depression, and other conditions. Their app is available on all platforms and used by the VA to treat veterans. Healium, founded ten years ago, counts the Mayo Clinic as one of its strategic investors. Thank you to our sponsor, Zappar!Don't forget to like, share, and follow for more! Follow us on all socials @ThisWeekInXR!https://linktr.ee/thisweekinxr