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AREA Webinar - Introduction to OpenXR 2020
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June 2, 2020

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Introduction to OpenXR - Webinar

The AREA Interoperability and Standards program produces thought leadership content to increase awareness and provide concrete ways that all members of the AR ecosystem can use standards to integrate AR solutions in scalable ways.


  • Host: Christine Perey, PEREY Research & Consulting
  • Neil Trevett, Khronos Group
  • Brent Insko, Intel
  • Paul Davies, The Boeing Company


In mid-2019, the Khronos Group’s OpenXR Working Group released version 1 of its API for XR applications to the public. The API makes it easier for developers to design and deliver platform-agnostic XR experiences by permitting XR applications to connect with run-time processes on an array of hardware platforms without having to port or re-write their code. The processes may be local, remote, single or multi-threaded and offer functionality such as real time frame composition, peripheral management, and the handling of raw tracking information. The OpenXR specification is an extensible API that can grow through the addition of new features.

During this public webinar, Paul Davies of the Boeing Company will share how following the progress of OpenXR and other standards is helping companies future-proof their deployments and investments in AR technologies. Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group, and Brent Insko, Lead VR Architect at Intel and OpenXR Working Group Chair, will present the OpenXR architecture, and provide an overview of a typical OpenXR application lifecycle including the order of function calls, creation of objects, session state changes, and the rendering loop. Attendees will learn:

The opportunities that standards adoption offer large enterprises introducing AR before the technologies are mature

  • Why use OpenXR and how it simplifies the development of AR applications,
  • What AR functions are currently supported and under development,
  • How to access and use OpenXR, and;
  • How to provide requirements and input to the OpenXR Working Group.

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