Daqri sits at the convergence of two big ideas animating this event: first, that the jobs of the future can’t just be low-wage service jobs—we must include manufacturing and high-expertise jobs in our thinking; and second, that one of the frontiers of work is human augmentation, what Andy McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson call “racing with the machine” instead of “the race against the machine.” It is one of the threads that ties together the augmented Uber or Lyft driver enabled by GPS to find a passenger in the buzzing hive of a city and navigate to her destination, and the augmented factory worker wearing a Daqri augmented reality headset to repair a piece of complex equipment, or to have augmented senses showing what is happening in a factory or other industrial setting.
— Tim O’Reilly
Imagine being able to walk around a factory and see the equipment running hot, days before it actually breaks.
In a few years we won’t be able to imagine a world without augmented reality.
Brian Mullins has consistently been on the forefront of technology and is a pioneer in the field of augmented reality. His experience with human machine interface and computer vision technologies enabled him to found DAQRI, and develop its proprietary 4D technologies for the enterprise. Prior to founding DAQRI, Brian transitioned to industrial robotics from the field of military command and control systems, after spending three years as a consultant to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego.
Earlier in his career, Brian worked as an engineer at the Computer-Aided Operational Research Facility operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, supporting simulation and network technologies and working with some of the pioneers of those fields. Throughout his career, Brian developed and implemented systems that employed some of the earliest vision-based mixed reality technologies. Brian holds a bachelor of science from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where he studied electrical and mechanical engineering.
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