501 Thinking Outside the Goggles: Mixed Reality in the Wild

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM Thursday, May 7

When you hear the words "augmented and virtual reality," do you automatically think about either Pokemon GO! or putting goggles on your face? Did you know you could experience VR without a headset? Did you know you could augment a sandbox? To fully appreciate AR and VR and how it could be useful, you should understand the entire spectrum of mixed reality technologies. It's a lot more than meets the eye.

In this session, we'll be talking through the spectrum of mixed reality using cutting edge examples from the defense industry. You'll hear about ongoing projects involving mixed reality for learning, job support, and lots of other applications. Full disclosure: If you're looking for examples of practical technology you can buy at your favorite electronics store, this session will not be helpful. If you want to have a better understanding of mixed reality, its history, what it looks like applied across a broad spectrum of technologies, and what it could look like for you in 5-10 years, then this is the session for you!

In this session, you will learn:

  • How AR and VR relate to each other on the spectrum of mixed reality
  • How the technology behind AR and VR can be applied outside of the headset form factor
  • How the DoD is applying MR to solve a variety of problems for warfighters
  • The DoD's vision for how advances in AR and VR will transform training in the future

At the end of the recording are the videos that were referenced in the session .

Jennifer Solberg


Quantum Improvements Consulting

Jennifer Solberg, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Quantum Improvements Consulting (QIC), an Orlando-based firm specializing in the application of emerging technology to training for complex skills. A cognitive psychologist by trade, her work focuses on how to design, develop, implement, and evaluate training technology for the Department of Defense and other clients. At QIC, she leads a growing team of learning science professionals. In addition to her many peer-reviewed publications, her work has been featured in The New York Times, the Pentagon Channel, and Signal Magazine.

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