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AWE 2023 Highlighted Challenges in XR Technology

The European XR community recently came together at AWE 2023 to explore the exciting possibilities and challenges in the world of Extended Reality (XR). With the support of technology partners, academia, and influential figures, this event was a celebration of innovation, insights, and invaluable connections. We thank the organizers and specifically Ori Inbar for this great opportunity. While AWE 2023 showcased the promising path to Augmented Reality (AR) adoption across various industries, including medical, DoD, industry 4.0, and education, it also shed light on the obstacles hindering its mass penetration.

Obstacle one is display technology limitations: AR devices are still struggling to deliver a high-quality, daylight-visible image. To seamlessly integrate AR into our daily lives, whether for medical purposes, industrial applications, or education, users need devices that can provide an immersive experience even under bright sunlight. Overcoming this obstacle is crucial to making AR a practical and accessible technology.

Obstacle two is power considerations. Another significant hurdle on the path to widespread AR adoption is power consumption. The size of the battery and the heat generated by AR headsets are limiting factors. The devices must be lightweight and comfortable for users to wear for extended periods. The current limitations in battery size and heat dissipation hinder the deployment of those headsets.

The power consumption for lightweight AR/Smart glasses solution is an important factor and it requires a new approach for hardware detecting eye position and movement.  

Here POLYN’s NASP (Neuromorphic Analog Signal Processing) has far-reaching implications for various use cases, including:

  • Health Monitoring: With accurate eye tracking, devices can monitor a user’s health, providing valuable data for medical professionals and individuals alike.
  • Improved Front Camera Image Mapping: Accurate eye tracking can enhance augmented reality experiences.
  • Pupillary Synchronization: Understanding pupillary movement is crucial for safety and personalization, ensuring a more comfortable and immersive experience.
  • Enhanced User Experience: Accurate eye tracking allows for a more natural and intuitive interaction with AR content, improving overall user satisfaction.
  • Data Collection and Personalization: Eye tracking data can be used to personalize AR content, making it more relevant and engaging for each user.
  • Safety: Eye tracking can enhance safety features, ensuring that AR experiences do not cause discomfort or harm to users.