VP of Product Management
As VP of Product Management at Upskill, Chris leads the product strategy and roadmap for Skylight - an augmented reality platform for the industrial workforce. His focus is on developing simple, intuitive software for hands-on workers that helps them work faster and with fewer errors. Prior to Upskill, he lead product management for mobile and IoT products at Icontrol Networks (now Comcast Xfinity Home) and National Instruments. Chris holds a bachelors in Wireless Software Engineering from Auburn University.
Augmented reality (AR) is a technology whereby objects in the real-world are “augmented” by computer-generated perceptual information, including visual, auditory and haptic sensations. The primary value of AR is that it brings components of the digital world into a person’s perception of the real world. It can do more than just display data. It can include immersive sensations that are perceived as natural parts of an environment. Manufacturers can use AR to aid product design, preventive maintenance and assembly of complex systems. Already, manufacturers such as Boeing, Ford, BMW, Caterpillar, AGCO and Trumpf are taking advantage of AR in design rooms and on the assembly line. This session explains the technology and what it can do.