Technology advances in hardware and software have enabled virtual reality (VR) to reach a level of quality and cost that it is now attractive to the mass consumer market for entertainment, but it is also poised for success in business applications, education, healthcare, and more. Augmented reality (AR) is also at a tipping point for consumer adoption, potentially transforming business, defense, travel, and more.
VR and AR are expected to have breakthrough years in 2018, driven by leading technology companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, and realize by an explosive growth in applications from creative software startups and companies developing applications for these now affordable, powerful technology platforms. VR and AR are also being combined into mixed reality applications in entertainment and business that will amaze, inform, and educate.
Come hear longtime technology professionals Patrick Curry (FarBridge) and Frank Roan (HookBang) describe these technologies and their impact, and how Austin is poised for leadership.
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