28 Apr 2023 | Mike Boland
AWE Talks: Under the Hood with OpenXR
AWE USA 2022

Welcome back to AWE Talks, our series that revisits the most engaging content from AWE’s catalog of conference sessions. To gear up for AWE USA 2023, we're diving into the most insightful and evergreen sessions from recent AWE events. 

This week, we examine OpenXR. Given Magic Leap's announcement this week that it will support OpenXR, we commemorate the milestone with a close look at its drivers and dynamics... including a prescient look forward from Magic Leap at AWE 2022.

See the summarized takeaways below, along with the full session video. Stay tuned for more video highlights each week and check out the full library on awe.live and AWE’s YouTube Channel.

And check out the AWE USA 2023 speakers and agenda to get excited for the big show...

Brent Insko -
Lead XR Architect at Intel
Lisa Watts -
VP, Product Marketing & Developer Programs at Magic Leap

– Many people have heard of OpenXR but what is it exactly?
– According to Intel's Brent Insko, it's a royalty-free standard for XR interoperability.  
– It does this by sitting between apps and devices and making them work together. 
– It handles communications between apps and devices as a sort of translation layer.
– Developers can write to a single common API that's supported across XR platforms. 
– Practically, speaking this means that native apps can run across several devices. 
– This cuts down on fragmentation that would otherwise dampen XR development. 
– That standardization serves many stakeholders in the XR ecosystem.
– For example, manufacturers can see more software run on their devices. 
– Developers can reach a larger hardware base without onerous porting. 
– Users meanwhile get more content choices on any hardware they invest in. 
– OpenXR is used across a who's who list of XR players like Microsoft and Meta. 
– Another company starting with "M" joined the growing list this week: Magic Leap.
– This helps Magic Leap 2 break free of the walled garden that held down ML1.

For more color, technical detail, and examples of OpenXR, check out the full video below. 

  Want more XR insights and multimedia? ARtillery Intelligence offers an indexed and searchable library of XR intelligence known as ARtillery Pro. See more here.  

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