Hello everyone. Welcome to my "about me" page.

First things first: I am available for consulting work. If you need someone with my particular skill set and talents, just message me and let's talk. 

I have been in haitus from public speaking for a while, but am now accepting invitations again. I am available to speak as a keynote, panelist, or speaker at conferences related to augmented reality, virtual worlds, simulations, mobile media, and the future of interactive media and technology are welcome. 

Ok, now on to the official sounding about-me stuff:


Robert is a Startup Executive, Futurist, Author, Speaker, Tech Pioneer, and evangelist for virtual and augmented reality. With more than 20 years of experience he is a passionate innovator and is continually seeking to advance the state-of-the-art of dynamic and interactive technologies. 

Robert is the author of MMO Evolution, a contributing author in Working Through Synthetic Worlds (Chapter 11: Augmented Reality Tools for Enhanced Forensics Simulations and Crime Scene Analysis), and the creator of Social Kinematics.

Recognized as an Internet Gaming Pioneer by Advertising Age magazine in 1996, Robert was also called a Founding Father of the Digital Nation in 1998 by The Raleigh News & Observer. He is an authority on mobile augmented reality, persistent immersive environments, virtual reality and worlds, massively multiuser online games, and simulations.

Robert collaborated on the first conversion of a single player PC game to a virtual reality game in 1992 at the first virtual reality entertainment company in the US. Over the last two decades he has gained broad and in-depth experience in design, development, production, project direction and executive management with a number of start-ups including Alternate Worlds Technologies, Arckosian Entertainment, Z-Reality, Orchid Media International, Neogence Enterprises, LocalSense, and others. 

Robert lives in Raleigh North Carolina with his wife Holly, and can be found on LinkedInTwitter and Skype (rrice919).

All inquiries via email welcome.

Topics of interest to Robert:

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Virtual Worlds, MMORPGs, Spatial Intelligence, Social Kinematics, Social Commerce, Alternate Reality Games (ARG), Ubiquitous Computing, The Internet of Things, Transmedia, Cybersociology, Hyperlocal Business Intelligence, Geo-locative and Contextual Media, all things Mobile, Social, and Local. Also Game Design, Anime, Kyudo, Fencing, Photography, Classic Science Fiction, Tech Startups, 3D Reconstruction, the Evolution of Media, and the impact of emerging technologies on business, industry, education, entertainment, enterprise, culture, and society. 

List of Appearances, Publications, Interviews, and Conferences is below.

Appearances, Publications, Interviews, Conferences:

Contributing Futurist, Shift 2020 - How Technology Will Impact Our Future, January 2014

Panelist, Google Glass Workshop, Augmented World Expo, Santa Clara, June 3rd, 2013

Interview, Raleigh-Based Website Drawing Attention To Social Media From EgyptNBC17 News, Raleigh, February 4th, 2011

Keynote Speaker, Interactive 2010!, Sasketoon Saskatchewan Canada, September 24, 2010

Speaker, AR Conference, San Francisco, April 21, 2010

Speaker, Immersion X, Triangle Game Conference, Raleigh, April 8th, 2010

Speaker, Augmented Reality, Triangle Game Conference, Raleigh, April 7th, 2010

Speaker, Nokia Business Development Forum, February 10, 2010

Contributor, Mobile Trends 2020, January 2010, by Rudy De Wale (Editor)

Design, Business, and Technology Contributor, Nokia Co-Creation Weekend, Amsterdam, November 2009, hosted by Fronteer Strategies

Panelist, Augmented Reality, Web2Open Expo, New York, November 2009

Panelist, Augmented Reality, New York, November 2009, Hosted by Porter Novelli and New York Semantic Web Group

Panelist, Augmented Reality, TiE Entrepreneur Week, Santa Clara CA, November 2009

Panelist, Science Meets Fiction: Imagining the Future of Mixed and Augmented RealityISMAR (International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality), Orlando FL, October 2009

Co-Presenter with Ori Inbar, Six Elements of ARISMAR (International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality), Orlando FL, October 2009

Co-Presenter with Ori Inbar, AR Roadmap to Success, Mobile Magic Wand Workshop, ISMAR (International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality), Orlando FL, October 2009

Reviewer, Arts, Media &  Humanities, ISMAR (International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality), Orlando FL, October 2009

Contributor, Augmented Reality, ABI Research Report, October 2009

Interview with Ronnie Overgoor and Ilse Media at the eDay conference in Rotterdam.

Keynote Speaker, Future of Mobile: Ubiquitous Computing and Augmented RealityeDay, Rotterdam, September 2009

Interview, Augmented Reality - Bigger Than the Web, with Tish Shute, www.ugotrade.com, August 2009

Mentioned, The CEO, the Android-Maker, and Augmented Reality. Oh my!, Linux Magazine, August 2009

Speaker, Right Idea, Wrong Implementation? Inside Mobile Conference, San Jose, July 2009

Speaker, The Future is Calling or Mobile is DeadMobile Monday, Amsterdam, June 2009 Link to Video

Contributor, Augmented Reality: Music’s 3D Future, Frukt Music Intelligence Report #2, June 2009

Speaker, Bringing Games to Life, Literally: The future of mobile games, augmented reality, and MMORPGs, Triangle Game Conference, Raleigh NC, April 2009

Speaker, Massively Mobile Ubiquitous RPG: Designing For a New World, IMGDC, Las Vegas NV, April 2009

Featured Blogger, Sociosophy “Blogger Week”, February 2009

Speaker, When Do We Get The Holodeck?, Carolina Games Summit, Goldsboro NC, February 2009

Interview, Is it “OMG Finally” for Augmented Reality? with Tish Shute, www.ugotrade.com, January 2009

Speaker, How Modern Software Methodologies and High Performance Computing will Change the Face of Simulation, NAFEMS 08 Regional Summit, Norfolk, October 2008

Speaker, Emerging Trends and the Evolution of Interactive and Immersive Media, ACM Tech Talk, Virginia Tech, October 2008

Panelist, MMORPGs, DGExpo, Raleigh, 2008

Quoted, One Giant Leap, Games TM Magazine, 2008

Guest, Multiple Podcasts, Biota Live, Internet, 2008

Contributor, Killtenrats.com (pseudonym “Nicodemus”), 2006-2008

Speaker, G2Expo, Goldsboro, 2007

Speaker, DGExpo, Raleigh, 2007

Speaker, IMGDC, Minneapolis, 2007

Speaker, Wake Tech Community College, ‘07

Interview, Immortal Destiny: Exclusive Interview, Warcry Network, July 2007

Contributor, Massive Radio, Internet

…and a bunch of others over the years I don’t remember. Please email me if you see me quoted somewhere, or if you saw me at a speaking engagement.

Specialties, Hobbies and Interests

Augmented reality, virtual reality, virtual worlds, social media/networks, Massively Multiuser Online Games (MMORPGs, MMO), Alternate Reality Games (ARG), persistent environments, adaptive simulations, the metaverse, interactive and immersive technologies, artificial intelligence, artificial life, intelligent agents, collaborative environments, casual games, STEM learning, technology convergence, pattern trending, ideavisioning, cybersociology, game design, geolocative and contextual media, think tanks, and being a futurist.

Photography, tenor saxophone, haiku, Kyudo (Japanese archery), fencing (foil and epee), world travel, reading, world history, archaeology, paleontology, philosophy, theology, cryptography, architecture, sociology, psychology, robotics, anime, and a dozen or so other topics. I love creating things, learning, and exploring.