Coke Studio celebrated Khan and his band of musicians set the evening on fire with sufi magic rendered in true Rajasthani folk style. The nomadic tribe of entertainers from Rajasthan Josh spun a web of magic by rendering the ageless sufi numbers Aaj Rang Hai He Maa Rang Hai Ree, Dama Dum Mast Kalandar to name a few. To the accompaniment of dhol, tabla, harmonium, manjira and castanets, ace musical maestro Khan’s rich and powerful voice soared high in the tradition of the Manganiyar musicians. The Manganiyar musicians have wandered since time immemorial across the deserts of Rajasthan, regaling royalty as well as the commoner with stories of Rajput valour and devotional Sufi songs, celebrating life and festivals. Khan and his band brought alive the flavour of Rajasthan with their earthy music and resonant voices. The desert and its hypnotic sounds held the audience in complete thrall and swept up the enraptured listeners into a magical realm. The magic of the evening was further enhanced by the grace of the gypsy dancer who kept up with the rhythmic sounds with her moves in rich and colourful gypsy attire. The audience swayed in tune to the music and the beats.
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Is 3-D printing the harbinger of the next industrial revolution? 3-D printing pioneer MakerBot certainly thinks so, and the company says it is poised to lead the charge into the future. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based startup has been acquired by and will merge with fellow 3-D printing company Stratasys.Under terms of the deal, MakerBot will be acquired for $403 million in Stratasys stock. MakerBot will operate as a separate subsidiary of Stratasys, which is based in Minneapolis. MakerBot co-founder and chief executive Bre Pettis will remain with the company.”We have an aggressive model for growth,” Pettis said in the announcement. “Partnering with Stratasys will allow us to supercharge our mission to empower individuals, and lead the next industrial revolution.”Related: How 3-D Printing Is Becoming a Game-Changer Across IndustriesNo longer solely the purview of makers, technological tinkerers, expensive laboratories and tech geeks, 3-D printing is quickly becoming the next big thing in technology, finding a significant foothold and making itself indispensible in industries ranging from medicine to tech accessories to farming.Stratasys specializes in professional-grade 3-D printers, while MakerBot’s products are more affordable for the general consumer. The merger should allow Stratasys to strengthen its position in the desktop 3-D printer market, while MakerBot will be able to utilize the larger company’s global infrastructure and leadership position in 3-D and additive manufacturing.Perhaps more importantly to the company’s loyal user base, MakerBot will be able to maintain the “spirit of collaboration” it has built with its users and partners. Thingiverse.com, MakerBot’s online portal for sharing user-generated digital-design content, is a significant draw for the company, with more than 500,000 unique visitors downloading a million files each month from the library of more than 90,000 3-D product files.The merger is expected to pass regulatory approvals and be in place by the third quarter.Related: MakerBot’s Bre Pettis on the Next Industrial RevolutionIn this video from 2011, Pettis talks about innovation and open-source hardware: June 20, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Google Glass may not be dead, but it hasn’t exactly taken off as a consumer product. In January, the company killed its social media presence, ramping up its focus on its Project Aura headset instead. This decision points to the future of augmented reality technology as an enterprise solution, and other companies have already entered the market.Some companies are leveraging existing hardware such as iPads and smartphones, but others are developing innovative new products in the AR space. Magic Leap has raised almost $800 million for its “cinematic reality” device (which could be an AR contact lens, if the company’s patent applications are any indicator).And at least one reviewer has deemed Microsoft’s HoloLens “the future of computing.”Related: This Is What It’s Like to Strap a Microsoft HoloLens on Your FaceDigitally improving the real worldAlthough consumers may view AR technology as a gimmick, it could actually revolutionize the workplace by streamlining bulky processes and improving safety and communication.For example, AR technology is helping to transform employee onboarding. Instead of dispatching an employee to spend his or her entire workday training a new hire, AR allows each worker to access context-specific information at any moment. GetVu is one company leading this charge, using wearables and AR to increase efficiency and decrease packing errors in warehouses.Some of the earliest users of AR technology came from the design and construction industries. DAQRI’s smart helmet captures information about a user’s surroundings and delivers instructions and safety guidelines. In highly specialized settings, Scope AR’s Remote AR can deliver 3D instructions to technicians in the field.The possibilities aren’t limited to technical support and training, either; big data visualization has huge potential. Creating a virtual environment for data presentation may take a lot of creativity and computing power, but some early adopters have created handy tools for 3D visualization: An example is IBM and its Max Reality.Enterprise startups can light the way.AR technology is poised for a bright future, with engaged employees, knowledge-sharing and improved, automated data collection. Enterprise startups should follow these four steps to position themselves for leading the charge in this market:Survey the stakeholders. Whether you work with universities or hospitals, architects or warehouse workers, you should find out where the technology will have the most impact. The best augmented reality must reflect actual reality: If a job site is too dark or employees must always wear thick gloves — as Bentley Systems has suggested for utilizing AR in construction — AR may be effective solution. No application is too small.Related: Why Your Startup Needs Augmented Reality Business CardsThink about hardware. Don’t take legacy systems for granted. Many of the enterprise applications of AR are in physical or dangerous environments, and Google Glass or Microsoft’s HoloLens might lack the necessary durability. DigiLens, on the other hand, is in the process of designing an AR helmet for motorcyclists, a scenario in which durability is paramount. An AR application will lose relevance quickly if the hardware cannot stand up to its intended operating environment.Target motivated trailblazers. Find the industries facing big challenges at the intersection of the physical and digital. This could be manufacturers looking to drive efficiency and save money, or farmers needing data to optimize harvests. The companies with the biggest needs will be the ones most motivated to invest and push the limits of this new technology.Consider data inputs. As evidenced by a recent presentation on using HoloLens apps for tracking airline flights, AR technology needs data to function effectively. Find the most valuable and contextual data to drive the desired output. Will static information be enough to optimize the solution, or will it require real-time sensors? A great interface is useless if it lacks the necessary data.Related: 5 Magical Augmented Reality Apps You Should TryCompanies looking to invest in AR technology must ensure that their approach is driven by ROI, but there are many reasons for optimism. Innovators are creating bold new products and leveraging the existing architectures of mobile devices to drive real progress across a range of applications. And that’s creating multiple avenues for growth in the workplace. AR is no longer the future; it’s already here. 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now May 19, 2016