Hello. Just returned from the inaugural Technology & Gadget Expo (TGE) 2016 in Melbourne last weekend. An excellent chance to experience some of the technology of the future, and I have to say Im excited.
It was a great event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre with my boys DJ CalcuZilla and Craigus Malaigus (and Suzie... hi Suzie). The expo encompassed technology demonstrations, trials and seminars in a variety of industries: lifestyle, automotive, home tech, drones, gaming and virtual reality (VR)/augmented reality (AR). Although mostly centered on drones and AR/VR. The expo was on a smaller scale than I thought it would be. My expectations were of a similar scale to the CES (Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas), with a much wider range of home and personal technology on display. Hoping the second expo TGE 2017 August is on a bigger scale.
So I said Im excited. Very excited. Why? Because AR/VR. We had the opportunity to trial some gaming VR and see some AR demonstrations. This was my first time experiencing this new technology, wow just amazing! The fully immersive experience of feeling like you are in a different world is astonishing. However, it initially does leave you feeling dizzy with a bit of eye strain after taking off the headset... Im excited to see this blockbuster technology develop of the next years and its many applications outside of gaming.
So what is AR/VR?
Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology which enriches the real world using digital technology. "Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data." [Wikipedia]
Virtual Reality (VR) is a technology simulating a world providing life like experience through the use of a headset.
"Virtual reality or virtual realities (VR), also known as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated reality, is a computer technology that replicates an environment, real or imagined, and simulates a user's physical presence that environment in a way that allows the user to interact with it." [Wikipedia]
Although mainly adopted by the gaming industry at the moment, I feel AR/VR will have many applications and revolutionise many other industries in the near future (home, health, computing, travel and music).
A few photos of us enjoying the event below:
DJI Inspire XT thermal drone in flight.
3D print, you must.
Inside the new Tesla Model S 70D.
You can take it as insight, or you can take it as Just BS!