Michael Mascioni

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Michael Mascioni is a freelance writer on digital media, innovation, clean energy and other subjects for such publications as Innovation & Tech Today and Inter Park. He also is co-chairman of the 2017 Future of Immersive Leisure Conference and does market research consulting in digital media. He was managing editor of the A&A Monthly on Interactive Entertainment and co-authored “The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier."

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How could the ‘District of Metaverse’ concept grow the DMV’s economic opportunities?

Apr. 6, 2022 4:28 pm

How could the ‘District of Metaverse’ concept grow the DMV’s economic opportunities?

As the metaverse's ubiquity grows, so does the potential to harness DMV institutions' resources and make sure this network of virtual ecosystems works for all. Social Driver CEO Thomas Sanchez has an idea for how.
Booz Allen spinout Modzy aims to bridge the ‘AI valley of death’

Feb. 22, 2022 2:22 pm

Booz Allen spinout Modzy aims to bridge the ‘AI valley of death’

The Vienna, Virginia company's goal is to solve implementation difficulties with artificial intelligence, and help companies roll out AI applications efficiently and at scale, CEO Josh Sullivan said.
The Smithsonian is providing a dose of optimism with the tech-driven FUTURES exhibition

Nov. 23, 2021 3:38 pm

The Smithsonian is providing a dose of optimism with the tech-driven FUTURES exhibition

Here's an overview of the technology and experiences at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building exhibition. It's on view through July 2022.
An immersive exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History chronicles the dire plight of orca whales 

Oct. 28, 2021 6:40 pm

An immersive exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History chronicles the dire plight of orca whales 

"AR provided us a way to show audiences something entirely unique — and use this experience as a shared first step to build from in better understanding our role as humans," said Adam May of exhibit collaborator Vision3.
Howard U’s WHUT is serving as the hub for DC’s NEXTGEN TV Broadcast Collaborative

Oct. 19, 2021 9:20 am

Howard U’s WHUT is serving as the hub for DC’s NEXTGEN TV Broadcast Collaborative

Readying an upgrade to the viewing experience on local TV, the Collaborative is eyeing opportunites to explore data and develop technology applications.
Meet Avatar Dimension, Microsoft’s Ashburn-based mixed reality studio 

Jul. 23, 2021 7:48 am

Meet Avatar Dimension, Microsoft’s Ashburn-based mixed reality studio 

With volumetric capture and holographic technology, the studio is working with clients across entertainment and business. Leaders see training as the future.
A robot named Patrice is unlocking the International Spy Museum for hospitalized children

Jun. 4, 2021 11:42 am

A robot named Patrice is unlocking the International Spy Museum for hospitalized children

The D.C. museum teamed with the WeGo Foundation to offer virtual tours for children at Johns Hopkins Hospital with the telepresence robot.
VR Zone DC expands the reach of its virtual reality arcade in the pandemic

May 3, 2021 2:56 pm

VR Zone DC expands the reach of its virtual reality arcade in the pandemic

With escape room games, a new business focusing on corporate clients and a second location in Rockville, the three-year-old game haven's story offers local evidence of a rising interest in VR.
This traveling exhibit is using immersive experiences to raise awareness about the global water crisis

Apr. 22, 2021 11:24 am

This traveling exhibit is using immersive experiences to raise awareness about the global water crisis

With design by McLean, Virginia's Cortina Productions, the Global Water Center’s Mobile Discovery Center will start touring the country this spring. Here's a look at how it uses augmented reality and other technology to educate visitors and tell stories.
How 4615 Theatre took programming virtual using games, phone calls and Zoom concerts

Apr. 19, 2021 7:43 am

How 4615 Theatre took programming virtual using games, phone calls and Zoom concerts

Created in the pandemic, the approaches introduced in the theatre company's 4615 Go productions could influence its work going forward.