After a great trip to Stanford on Friday, we had some last-minute preparation to do for our AU exhibit at Pier 9 on Saturday morning.
It seems APEC will be impacting our SF employees, with the offices being closed during the AU week.Enough people had warned me about craziness at SFO that I ended up at the airport well ahead of my flight to Las Vegas. There was zero congestion at and around the airport but then you never know - better safe than sorry.
Driving from the airport to the Palazzo we managed to see the Sphere from quite close: the road network has been severely impacted by the upcoming Grand Prix: at one point we were driving on the circuit itself, which was quite cool.
I managed to get a room in the Palazzo with a great view onto the Sphere, so I started capturing this unique object.
The F1 is coming to Vegas on Thursday, and there were plenty of signs of this - beyond the reconfiguration of the Strip.
Assembling the data capture helmets was a big part of the job.
People participating in our study will be wandering around the AU Expo wearing a helmet that capture 360-degree and facial videos, complemented by additional sensor data and qualitative data entered via a phone interface.
We were finished much later than we’d anticipated, but eventually we wrapped up.
After a short night I presented my first session - about VASA - during the first conference slot at 8:15am.
Thanks to my old friend Fernando Malard for taking some snaps of me talking. I think it went quite well - I enjoyed it, anyway.
Next was the Day 1 keynote.
I was sat quite near the back for this one.
It was great to see Dynamo for Forma launched officially by Amy Bunszel.
When the Expo opened the data visualization display was ready to go.
We had quite a few people visit us at the booth, with the special attraction of a free Autodesk Research-branded hi-viz vest!
Up close you can definitely see the pixels.
After some snacks and drinks - where we chatted with VIP customers in the industrialized construction space - we sat down to the “Postcard from Earth” show.
The sensory experience didn’t stop there: after the show we headed across to Meow Wolf at Area 15 for the Mega Mart experience.
It was really very strange, but very fun.
All in all it was a great Day 1 at this year’s AU.