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Upcoming events and highlights from last year

SPIE AR, VR, MR hightlights

SPIE AR, VR, MR conference and events
We hope you can join over the next few month for interviews, presentations, and more from the biggest names in consumer electronics and up-and-coming XR companies. Also, take a look back at the previous conference to see who was there and what they had to say.

SPIE is your source for the latest, and future developments, in XR hardware.

February Presentations
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Interviews & Fireside Chats

Register for the SPIE AR VR MR Interview with Chi Xu, Nreal
26 AUGUST - 5 PM PT / 27 August - 8 AM China ST
Small Form Factor Smart Glasses with Free Space Optics.

Chi Xu
Nreal, Cofounder & CEO

Join us for our monthly interview series with Bernard Kress (Microsoft) and Christophe Peroz (ex-Magic Leap). In August, we will interview Chi Xu, founder and CEO of Nreal: advancing ARs future, one step at a time. Nreal in the news: Nreal Light AR glasses add VR lenses, launch August 21 in South Korea.

Watch, ask questions, enjoy—it's free.

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Past and upcoming interviewsGuestsTopics
Recording from 20 July
Ross Finman & Meghan Hughes
Closing the Loop: Connecting AR Hardware, Software and Content with Early Consumerss
August 26
Chi Xu
Small Form Factor Smart Glasses with Free Space Optics
September 17
Amy Hedrick
CleanBox Technology
Planning to succeed: Safely deploying your XR strategy in a post Covid-19 world
September 24
Phil Greenhalgh
Geometric and manufacturing tolerance advantages of AR waveguides exploiting crossed grating structuress
October 22
Lucas Ginzinger
Bosch Sensortec
From Niche to Mass-market: How MEMS-Based LBS Projectors Can Make Smartglasses the Next Big Thing“

Inorganic LED microdisplay panels as the choice of excellence for next generation AR displays
Wayne McMillan
Applied Materials
High index waveguide grating mass production for small form factor AR glasses
Bernard Kress
Recap on the main AR hardware events that happened in 2020.
January Mike Browne
SA Photonics
Optical architectures of choice for defense AR markets
February TBD
March TBD


Bharath Rajagopalan
8 OCTOBER | 1 Hour Time TBD
Laser Beam Scanning (LBS) for Near-to-Eye Display: A Preview

Bharath Rajagopalan
Director, Strategic Market Development at STMicroelectronics

Join us for this one-hour webinar that will give us a preview of the one-day workshop in March.

Watch, ask questions, enjoy—it's free.


Participating companies

MT Microsystems OSRAM OS Dispelix

What people are saying.....

Who said it? HTC, Facebook, and Others

The who's who of AR, VR, MR are coming to this conference.

Om Nalamasu, CTO, Applied Materials

What is the next big device that has a big impact on humanity.

Bernard Kress, Microsoft Hololens

This is the perfect ecosystem to grow XR hardware.

Christophe Peroz, ex-Magic Leap

We are preparing the next technological revolution.

Xavier Lafosse, Corning Advanced Optics

This event is a snapshot of where we are today.

Stefan Alexander, North

Everyone we know, and all our suppliers, are here.

Highlights from February

Panel: What is the Potential Market for AR, VR Industry?

Tom Emrich

Modearted by Tom Emrich
8th Wall, VP of Product

Tom Emrich is sometimes called the “man from the future”, and is recognized as one of the world’s leading thought leaders and influencers in AR, VR and wearable technology. Listen to the May 2019 interview where he speaks about Perceptual Computing and Human Evolution on The AR Show.

Panel: What It’s Like to Be a XR Start-Up in 2020

Christina Ingwalson

Modearted by Christina Ingwalson
VP at Health Scholars

Six executive will share their secrets on how they developed successful new companies in the XR industry.

Invited Speakers

Nataliya Kosmyna

Nataliya Kos'myna

Read the Q&A with Nataliya Kos'myna, Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT Media Lab in this August 2019 article where she shares how she became interested in AI, who has had an impact on her work, and what her hopes for the impact of her work.

Special Event: Smart Goggles for Swimming: Bringing AR into the Water

Reynald Hoskinson

Reynald Hoskinson
VP Technology at FORM

Read the CNET article from September 2019 introducing smart swim goggles, the activity tracker made explicitly for swimmers.

Last years program and videos

Top 7 things from the 2020 conference

It was a busy conference, with a new format, more sessions, and 3 full days. These top things were exciting to see and do while at the #1 event for XR hardware.

7. A course from Bernard Kress on digital micro-optics
6. Co-founder of Magic Leap moderated a panel about uLEDs
5. A panel on potential markets moderated by Tom Emrich
4. Demos of the latest virtual reality hardware
3. Recent developments in optical architectures for displays and sensing
2. 45 Invited Speakers  
1. It's going to happen again in 2021, but with breaks!  

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