Alex Carey: Can you tell us a little about you?
Dhaval Sahija, I am a Subject Matter Expert and Innovation Evangelist of Augmented and Mixed Reality Technology. Through market-related expertise and research-oriented knowledge, I have also enabled companies across Manufacturing, Engineering, Healthcare, and other verticals to digitize their operations with Augmented Reality Solutions, by working into various roles including Strategy, Consulting, Business Development, Solution Manager, and Innovation Lead.
What was the inspiration for AR?
Dhaval Sahija : I have been always enthusiastic to explore digital technologies; and see how these tools can support enterprises to not just solve their critical business problems, but also to transform the processes. Augmented reality creates an overlay of digital content on real objects present in physical space; so it is the next big leap in the technology post mobility era. Immersive content within augmented reality technology combined with the handset-free experience of AR glasses; and the potential of it to redefine the ways digital technologies are used within the business, was the inspiration to adopt this practice.
Would you like to share your achievements with us?
Dhaval Sahija : My achievements pertaining to augmented reality innovation include but not limited to reducing field service operations cost of leading engineering company by digitizing user manual into AR interface, implementing AR based solution for enhancing process automation of leading manufacturing company by reducing manual error, and so forth. Achievements also include accreditations for best paper presentation on machine learning integration with augmented reality for manufacturing. I also has been contributor and speaker on Augmented reality in prominent virtual workshops and conferences.
What are the biggest challenges of working on AR?
Dhaval Sahija : AR implementation does involve various kinds of challenges and they can be broadly classified into two broad categories i.e., implementation challenges and user experience challenges. As far as implementation challenges are concerned, it involves digitization of existing content and integration with existing systems. User experience challenge is all about compressing various elements for presenting it in a smaller field of view and making sure that the user is easily able to use the hand gestures.
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How do you see The Changes in AR Industry?
Dhaval Sahija : During the inception of this technology; the usage was restricted just to AR glasses; however with rapid advancements and research, now this technology is also available in mobile and tablet interfaces. This change would fast-track the adoption of AR within various business operations that are already using mobile and tablet-based apps.
What do you think will be the biggest trends in the future?
Dhaval Sahija : I believe that biggest trend in future would be the evolution of computing capabilities of AR Glasses. With faster &smaller processor and microchips; AR Glasses would become lighter and would have longer battery life. That would be historic time in IT Industry; since than AR technology would be able to overtake mobility adoption.
Would you like to share a useful point for AR developers? What is next for Dhaval Sahija?
Dhaval Sahija :‘More with Less’ would my mantra for next-gen AR Developers; meaning AR developers would have to think through as to how they can provide maximum elements in the User interface with minimalist usage of the field of view within AR user experience.
The next area of focus for me in Augmented Reality practice would be innovation in terms of designing interoperable apps that work with Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality experience as well.
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