AWE USA 2020 moves online this week for four days of discussion and debate on XR and its role in a world coming to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic. With AWE Online 2020 offering 200+ live and on-demand streaming talks, here are five presentations and panels you shouldn’t miss if you are wondering why and how you should bring AR, VR or MR into your business
➨ What? AWE Online 2020
➨ When? 26 May to 29 May 2020
➨ Where? Here
➨ How much? $199 for a four-day pass
➨ What? How Augmented and Virtual Reality Will Change the Future of Retail—and How We’re Going to Get There
➨ When? 26 May 2020 @ 4.40pm to 5.20pm BST
Speakers: Cynthia Maller, Walmart ECommerce; Shrenik Sadalgi, Wayfair; Daniel Beauchamp, Shopify; Boaz Ashkenazy, Simply Augmented; Tony Parisi, Unity Technologies; Amy Peck, HTC Vive
What the synopsis says: Experts at AWE Online 2020, including members of the Khronos Group 3D Commerce Working Group, come together to discuss some of the current challenges in bringing XR and 3D applications to retail, and explain what efforts are being made so far to overcome them.
Ideal for: Online retailers and brands
➨ What? The Evolution of Virtual Human Agents in Clinical Healthcare Applications
➨ When? 26 May 2020 @ 11.50pm to 12.10am BST
Speakers: Skip Rizzo, MedVR at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies
What the synopsis says: This AWE Online 2020 presentation will provide a brief rationale and overview of research that has shown the benefits derived from the use of virtual humans in healthcare applications. Research will be detailed reporting positive outcomes from studies using virtual humans in the role of virtual patients for training novice clinicians, as job interview/social skill trainers for persons on the autism spectrum, and as online healthcare support agents with university students and military veterans.
Ideal for: Hospitals, healthcare organisations and insurance companies
➨ What? Scalable Enterprise AR Solutions that are Easy to Deploy—More Important Now than Ever Before
➨ When? 27 May 2020 @ 8.20pm to 8.40pm BST
Speakers: Michael Leone, Lenovo
What the synopsis says: Leone will discuss the current global situation and how customers are deploying solutions such as remote assistance, guided workflows and remote collaboration to improve productivity, reduce errors, and decrease service resolution times. AWE Online 2020 attendees can also expect a new ThinkReality solution from Lenovo that makes it easier than ever for enterprises to deploy these solutions at scale.
Ideal for: Any business working in multiple locations and in high-tech industries, such as oil and gas and aerospace
➨ What? A New Era of Collaboration in Mixed Reality
➨ When? 27 May 2020 @ 10.30pm to 10.50pm BST
Speakers: Urho Konttori, Varjo
What the synopsis says: Konttori will showcase the latest groundbreaking developments for professional immersive computing. AWE Online 2020 attendees will hear how enterprises can take immersive collaboration to a new level in industrial design, engineering, simulations and research using Varjo’s video-pass through-based MR, and be among the first to hear about a new partnership that sets new standards for working together in MR environments.
Ideal for: Any business working in design and engineering
➨ What? Snap Back to Reality, Here Comes Gravity
➨ When? 28 May 2020 @ 7.30pm to 7.50pm BST
Speakers: Timmy Ghiurau and Casper Wickman, Volvo Cars
What the synopsis says: Hear from Volvo’s virtual experiences lead, Ghiurau, about how he broke new ground with the multi-awarded Volvo/Varjo collaboration by bringing technology forged in gaming into one of the leading brands in the automotive industry. He will introduce the product simulator platform from Volvo Cars, which is used for simulations and XR experiences.
Ideal for: Automotive manufacturers