Graham Atlee is the founder of Triton. The Triton AR Headset is a 3D printed headset that uses off the shelf hardware to deliver immersive augmented reality.
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416 - Graham Atlee (Triton) On Building AR Headsets From Scratch
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Founders we talked to Pounders about their company's vision for the future and how to colitis today. I'm very excited to be talking to gram Atlee. Who's the creator of the Triton project? Welcome to the show. How's it going? Good. How about you do you want it really? Well. I ain't you know, I'm enjoying a cold today at your in Phoenix if it was a long summer, but finally we made it to the the time where I can wear my sweatshirt and my hoodie but we're not here to talk about whether we're here to talk about what you're working on the can you please share? What what is the Titan project? What are you working on? The project is basically a full-blown AR headset stealth components. You don't need to have a fancy LabCorp million dogs and buns and you can be much build this in your basement in your garage in your dorm room bedroom, whatever so uses 3D printed components and uses electronics that you can order from AliExpress China. And once you assemble this you can put on the headset and you basically have a full-blown AO3
Facebook I program myself and I saw that software that runs on that set the 3D printed parts are all the files. So I should go to the website and download the files for free to the project is open source to a degree. But yeah, you can get 3D printed parts and sublett and you can I'd soccer for me for 499. I don't know if you like this or not, but I got the Oculus Quest, you know what came out about a year ago a big fan of just like, you know, what could have what what is VR? What is a r look like in the future? So that's the kind of here let's that was to buy this was to try it out walking through my experience what I can do with it. I'm so caught me walking through from I find it online. I buy it to put it on my headset. What am I? What is that look like and what can I do with it once I get once I get it.
So currently my headset you would have to have a dedicated PC liquid I guess you need like a gaming PC a little bit higher ends and sound headset. Are you with load up my software and it would have show you the sensor you just stick out your palm flip it over and you would see an AR menu that is attached to the I can put anything on that go to calculate whether I could put Twitter on your phone and screws very cool. We can slide through that. I didn't get I just wanted to build a very generic menu. Developers can easily code and after a pain to
Physical I can do with it. Yeah. Why'd you want to get into this? You know where I guess another a what's the origin story for the Triton project and what you want to start working on it for VR AR in general has always been very interested in the Oculus DK2 that did not make it but how I got to the training. I really want to build my own headset and make my mark. So I never heard of this time last year in December of 2019. I was in my basement. Calm and I built this prototype what was going to be the train project Tokyo, but I posted it on social media people messaging me saying hey, you send me the stations. Can I buy this from you as excited?
Is very premature. So I thought I had some background and other assorted desserts are planning an outing with the bishop was like, okay, maybe I can build a villa Park. It's all this for x amount of dollars and round March and our University set of home. So my plans kind of changed a little bit. I was like, okay, I'm not really going to do a full-on kid anymore. I'm just going to open source the 3D printed parts and I'll just felt about her for it and it took about six months of work. I was staying up till like 3 a.m. Every night. A lot of it was a little over my head by Sue if the sum of the 3D three-dimensional mathematics I to do
I don't know a lot about Tad sodas.
Designing a product that would be comfortable and stuff like that has a lot of testing a lot of frustrations, but at least it.
And tell me a little bit about the like the VR AR market. So and what I mean by that is what's interesting about it to you. Obviously, you have to be pretty technical to be voting for it. So you all see how you obviously like a deep interest. What's interesting about the market and also, where do you think the market could be going in the next 5 to 10 years? What are your what it what are your thoughts on the trends?
Okay, so my personal thing is I don't think they are much as I love a r i don't think it's going to work anytime soon. There are fundamental display issues that we have not figured out. There's a little physics. I don't know if you heard of entendu but there's just it's like a complicated equation that limits what we can do with light itself. So they are as kind of stock right now and I think there's going to be more research science and stuff into any of the companies or Point billion dollars, but they are my not happen till the 23rd is -24 tees
Well, I want to say that mean like they are that we all can agree upon the Ray-Ban glasses that we left the house. I would just sit on your face all day. I can also be on the other hand which is like it did the first thing that you can do with the are you can increase the resolution of displays. You can incremental increase the field of view of every year so that Industries having a lot of success with the pr industry I think is it's a very deep and narrow market. So does its really stopped to gaining right now in a lot of AAA companies are coming and making the dean's Falcon Place Alex and the squadron's which is pretty cool, but it is it's even narrower and I know some people are working on.
Productivity apps like an interesting. So there may be a start-up in the next 5 years that comes out. The the Microsoft Office of opr should be interesting to see but yeah, I think I definitely think by 2030 will see a billion people donate a VR headset using it for more than 4 hours everything. So yes, definitely.
That makes me excited as someone that has been a member of the arc for dick but the Arts one of these things where you going to have to try to understand and then still if you try something like that, if you try it, you know, just keep trying better and better versions and dipping her to tell your feet. And cuz of the things are obviously getting better and if people like you that are building for the industry to it's like something's bound to happen if it has to be soon which I think you have to really nail the demo when you give to someone for the first time. Yeah. Yeah, I gave him the question. He like he really loved it if I was amazing and then I messed up the demo for another friend and he was not that I like he's not going to be a picture saying I haven't thought about it like that it you're right though. Like I can't explain to someone why be are so cool. I just need to put a head on a demo of them. But that demo is where the magic happens or doesn't at 6.
Justin, you may not have more thoughts on this. I'm just wondering like how do you put thought into the demo and then what makes a good demo and like how that relates to the market adoption and I I just I just got that. Just down. Have you any thoughts on that? I think they just put you in Tuscany Villa and I thought that was mind-blowing but the new ones are crazy when you click your phones and stop moving around. So doing good.
Believer by think about on the investor level or whatever like a higher level like VR adoption and stuff for you. You looked out like 10 years it worked 15 or however long else you want to look at it. What it what do you want to try to project that kind of trendy? What could it turn into? I guess in other words, what's your vision here in a few if you work on that for, you know a certain amount of time like what could I look like that?
I think I like my project me. My vision to the project is belated to the facto in to go for collect. The only research projects in universities and yellow kids like me college kid like you just get into this would have stopped just hack it to be able to but I think as the VR industry grows and it is in the Skelter Stephen going to be a migraine level problems. They're like, they're going to run to extend bottlenecks and I definitely want to start like a company or create a technology that will help solve. The problem I see is so
In the kind of like help you make the ultimately the vision for VR happen or to help you get to where you want to be in Packer and startups, you know, it takes a village you have for each individual person to get to a certain place and it's helping, you know, you have people that help each other out to my question for you is how can the forward-thinking founders community help you either with a Triton project her to sit with your career & Tech, you know, are you you know looking for users for the train project be looking for a potential investors, you know Partnerships. How can the community is best?
Yeah, I'm always looking for users and stop am definitely looking for a critical feedback. I really want people to be nice with harsh but like I could definitely use some critical feedback in terms like the code base and stuff like where I went wrong what's wrong with my design, you know about it like a business idea. What's your chance. How do you navigate to Adventure Capital world? How do you motivate people to join you and basically work for free in the next 5 years. You know, I'll take a pic about you know, stuff like that.
I'm with you there. I I feel like I've gotten through the School of Hard Knocks. I've got my education and that was a lot like 6 years For Better or For Worse. It is it is a fine. It's a fun ride for sure. It don't do you want to reach out it, you know it help you with any of these things are getting involved more about the Triton project do the URL on social media. You can email. How can someone get in touch with the one tail? So 27 I can go to leave 27th, Just go to contact and it'll be a big bold letters o c my email and you can reach out to me. They're very active on Twitter. So you can go to just type in Grand Island on Twitter and just send me a message that like DM's are those three words are going to be to cause for like 17 billion dollar companies in the twenty20 is just like the others open like Twitter is where the magic
Then we'll call it a day that you're active on Twitter. If someone's listening to this and they're like why the hell you're active on Twitter. You know, what's on Twitter? What is on Twitter? Obviously, I don't need the answer to it for you.
What's on Twitter for me? What do you like about?
It's as far as cars with that. You can create your own custom be like if you're really into technology if you ever do something and get like a lot of information. I was just so interactive and there's like such cool things happening everyday people talking about the latest startups people knock it all the time, but they just think it's just I only agreed what are is a superpower if you know how to use it. Push it.
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