SIGGRAPH is next week! The conference is July 28-August 1. For those going, Khronos will be hosting several Birds of a Feather sessions. For all those folks that will not be present, we will be offering live streaming of all our sessions (glTF, WebGL, OpenXR and Vulkan) on the Khronos Group YouTube Channel, and will follow up with recorded video the following week. For complete details on all the sessions, please ask your friends and co-workers to take a look at our SIGGRAPH event page! A special thanks to our Title sponsor NVIDIA, Beer Sponsor LunarG, and Demo sponsor Cesium, for making possible the Khronos Networking Reception at the end of the day.
Microsoft has released OpenXR for Windows Mixed Reality app on the Microsoft Store. Windows Mixed reality users will now be able to run OpenXR-based applications just by installing the app from the Store. OpenXR lets you write code once that’s then portable across a wide range of hardware platforms — write once and run anywhere!
With the growth and adoption in mobile, web, and immersive platforms, 3D is poised to grow as a new shopping medium. Product manufacturers, retailers, marketing, and advertising platforms can use 3D to show virtual products to end-users to help them better understand a product online prior to purchasing and to help build brand loyalty after purchase. The Khronos has a track record of openness and responsiveness, with a well-proven IP Framework and multi-company governance model. The Khronos 3D Commerce Exploratory Working Group could directly leverage the work of several existing Khronos Working Groups, including: glTF, WebGL, Vulkan, and OpenXR. With enough industry support, this Exploratory Group will evolve into a Working Group to work on the development of such standards.
AWE Nite SF is a place for developers, creators, investors, founders, corporate decision makers and curious folk to come together to celebrate the activity and devote conviction around building an Augmented Reality hub in Silicon Valley. On June 18th, speakers will include Neil Trevett, speakers from 6D and Google. The venue will be the 6D.ai offices located at Suite 260, 500 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 in SOMA. Be sure to register early to ensure there is space.
This week, Neil Trevett spoke at the 2019 Open AR Cloud Symposium. Neil’s presentation focused on OpenXR and glTF covering how these Open Standards fit into the rest of the Khronos Ecosystem. Presentation slides and video are available online.
The Khronos Group would like to welcome Academic Member Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute for Computer Science and Control. The fundamental task of the Institute is to perform basic and application-oriented research in an interdisciplinary setting in the fields of computer science, engineering, information technology, intelligent systems, process control, wide-area networking and multimedia. The mission of MTA SZTAKI includes the transfer of up-to-date research results and state-of-the-art technology to university students. The Shared Virtual Reality Group within the Institute has been dealing with immersive and multi-user virtual reality since 2009 and has accomplished four large scale EU virtual reality projects until now. The Group published its own open-source virtual reality library called ApertusVR in 2016 which perfectly fits the scope of OpenXR.
There are several great Khronos related meetings for April 2019: “OpenXR 0.90 Provisional Specification Review” on April 10th in Cambridge MA USA, “Munich Meetup April 2019” on April 12th in Munich Germany with Dr Chajdas and friends covering Vulkan, SPIR-V and GLSL, and starting on April 16th is a three part meet up on “A Gentle Introduction to Shaders 1” in London UK. Learn more about these meet ups and how Khronos can help support your Khronos related meet up.
Ronnie with ‘Everything Vive’ had a chance to interview Neil Trevett at GDC 2019 and discuss OpenXR and Khronos.
Neil Trevett, President of The Khronos Group talks about the OpenXR release specification for virtual and augmented reality at GDC 2019. Learn more about the latest in future computing at Meant to be Seen (MTBS3D) and The International Future Computing Association (TIFCA).
Tobii announced at the 2019 Game Developers Conference, a new software development kit (SDK) for XR applications and new resources for PC developers. The new developer guides and tools ease eye tracking integration in a variety of important ways, from providing new libraries and APIs for intuitive object mapping and selection, to delivering example code and implementation tutorials. The Tobii XR SDK and associated libraries are designed to be used with and complement the capabilities of device-specific SDKs associated with VR headsets that support eye tracking and the OpenXR initiative.
Khronos will be holding their Annual GDC Developer Day Sessions on March 19th in Moscone West Room 2020. The complete schedule is available online:
Running all day March 18-19 will be the Khronos OpenXR Table at VRDC. Finally on March 20th starting at 6:30pm, there will be the annual WebGL/WebVR Meetup to be held in Galvanize. In past years there were over 200 people attending with only standing room and people being turned away. If you want to get in, show up early. This event will be live streamed on the Silicon Valley WebGL group on Facebook.
The Khronos® Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies creating advanced acceleration standards, announces the ratification and public release of the OpenXR™ 0.90 provisional specification. OpenXR is a unifying, royalty-free, open standard that provides high-performance access to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)— collectively known as XR—platforms and devices. The new specification can be found on the Khronos website and is released in provisional form to enable developers and implementers to provide feedback at the OpenXR forum.
At its MWC keynote in Barcelona today, Microsoft promised to keep the HoloLens ecosystem open. “We believe in an open API surface area and driver model. We will continue to participate in guiding open standards like OpenXR so anyone can innovate with our headset from the sensors that are being used to the differentiated experiences that are being created,” Microsoft’s HoloLens chief Alex Kipman said today. HoloLens 2 supports an open API surface and driver model—and Microsoft continues to support open standards such as Khronos and OpenXR. Learn more about OpenXR and the companies behind it.