Novel XR hardware requirements providing Metaverse level consumer and enterprise experiences

Bernard Kress


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Date: March 2, 2022


In order to provide experiences and services compatible with Metaverse experience requirements, AR systems and smart glasses will need to evolve from their original concepts (Google Glass or Microsoft HoloLens) to incorporate more specific display, imaging and sensing functionality. These new hardware developments will help address the specific needs to provide effective Metaverse experiences both in enterprise and consumer fields. They will also fuel new challenges in optical engineering to push the development of novel hardware concepts integrating multiple hybrid functionalities such as display and sensing in a same monolithic element producible in mass by low cost fabrication techniques.

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Bernard has been involved in optics and photonics for the past 25 years as an author, instructor, associate professor, engineer, and hardware development manager in academia, start-ups and large corporations, with a focus on micro-optics, diffractive and holographic optics. He successively worked on products developments in the fields of optical computing, optical telecom, optical data storage, optical anti-counterfeiting, industrial optical sensors and more recently in augmented and mixed reality systems. Since 2010, he held engineering management positions at Google [X] (Google Glass) and Microsoft (HoloLens 1 and 2). He is currently the Director of XR Hardware at Google and the President Elect of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (the SPIE). Bernard chairs various SPIE conferences including the SPIE AR/VR/MR conference held each year at the Moscone Center in SF.

Created: Friday, March 4th, 2022