Spatial Computing: The Future of Work & Play

21 August, 2023

Using a computer for the most part still utilizes outdated and unnatural forms. Typing on a keyboard and looking at a screen will soon be replaced with devices that we wear. With all of the recent news around the latest in spatial computing, the way we work and play in the world of computing is about to change – and for the better. What are the options in spatial computing?

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The AR/VR B2C industry is projected to make $31.12 billion (2023) Experts predicting a rise to $52.05 billion(2027) — a 67% growth rate in just 4 years
Spatial Computing Has Hit Its Stride

  • Near-to-eye display technology allows users to interface in 3D
    • Includes:
      • AR (augmented reality)
        • Adds contextual digital information superimposed on your view of the real world
        • Physical and digital elements don’t interact
        • Example:
          • Augmedics superimposes anatomically correct spinal placement on patients to improve surgical outcomes
          • Elbit’s Everysight offers designer AR glasses you can wirelessly connect to your iOS or Android devices
          • Lumus’ Z-Lens allows consumers to blend AR functionality with their vision prescription (without inserts)
      • MR (mixed reality)
        • Adds digital elements to reality with interactive components
        • Physical and digital elements do interact
        • Example: Meta Quest 3 offers a more affordable device to blends digital apps and screens directly into the real world
        • Example: Apple Vision Pro seamlessly blends digital content with your physical space
      • VR (virtual reality)
        • A fully-immersive digital environment with interactive components
        • Only digital elements exist
        • Example: VRpilot assists pilots in training by testing their skills before flying a real-life plane
  • Spatial computing is growing to massive proportions, although the tech in which it lives becomes smaller
    • Meta Quest 2
      • Full virtual reality
      • 90 degree field of vision
      • Side and top straps to hold it in place
    • Apple Vision Pro
      • Mixed reality capabilities
      • Infrared cameras
      • Eye tracking
      • Gesture recognition
    • AR/MR smart glasses with OE Z-Lens
      • Slimmer design with less weight
      • No straps to hold it into place
      • Capable of creating natural looking eyewear

By 2024, experts estimate that worldwide there will be 1.4 BILLION* devices with AR capabilities *majority mobile
How Spatial Computing Impacts Our Work, Play, And Education

    • Spatial computing enhances the way we experience the world, particularly with visuals haptics, sound and haptics
      • More and more consumers want AR for:
        • Gaming (49%)
        • Workouts (33%)
        • Shopping (28%)
        • Real-time GPS (23%)
        • Real-time messaging (22%)
        • Education (21%)
    • Spatial computing enhances the way we experience the world, particularly with 3D visuals, sound, and haptics
    • Adoption of spatial computing will make a significant impact on all areas of our lives:
    • Work
      • Perform holographic calls for business from any location
        • Holographic conversations are also on the horizon
      • Design, build, and finalize projects at work
        • BAE factory workers use AR to build power cells from scratch, cutting their manual building time by up to 40%
      • Type, text, and collaborate in documents
        • Without the need for a display or keyboard, work can become fully remote
      • Translation
        • Use Google Translate to decode conversations around the world
    • Play
      • Play games available in the metaverse
        • Espire 2; The Infinite Inside; Broken Edge; PianoVision; Track Craft; Niantic games – Pokémon GO
      • Wear unique and playful fashion pieces
        • Marga Weimans’ Hyperfabric Dress uses 3D-tracking and occlusion effects so users can create augmented additions
      • Listen to audio through spatial sound
        • Consumer-grade AR glasses direct noise through tiny bones near the ear to reduce the risk of tinnitus or hearing loss
      • Karaoke
        • See song lyrics in your glasses ala personal teleprompter
    • Education
      • Enhance interactive learning
        • Teachers can present rich interactive media, create haptic learning experiences, and allow students to display shareable presentations
      • Make interactive trips
        • Learners can visit locations, landmarks, and even historical time periods both inside and outside the classroom
      • Write interactive notes
        • Students can write down notes at any time and access them from wherever they’re sitting
    • Health
  • Gather biometric data
      • Calculate biometric data such as steps, calories, and pulse reads
      • Monitors activity and caloric intake
      • More accessible for everyone
    • Personalize patient care
      • Wound care instructions
      • Outpatient therapy overlays
      • Real-time symptom diagnostics
    • Make staff improvements
      • AR-assisted procedures
      • Simpler hospital navigation
      • Access to real-time patient records

There’s much more in store for spatial computing — and the future is looking up
What Next In Spatial Computing?

  • The replacement of mobile phones
    • As the adoption of near-to-eye displays increases, smartphones become less and less relevant for tasks outside of phone calls
      • The global smartphone market declined by 14% in 2023, Global sales of AR glasses rose by more than 45%
  • The heart and soul of AR glasses
    • Waveguide Technology
      • Diffractive waveguide
      • Reflective waveguide


  • How are reflective waveguides beneficial?
    • Expands the pupil and projects the image toward the eye
    • 5x – 10x greater battery efficiency
    • Up to 10x higher brightness
    • Can enable an 80° field of view
    • Micro-display
      • Generates the virtual image and directs it toward the waveguide
      • LCoS, OLED, Laser, or Micro-LED

With new developments on the horizon, spatial computing will completely renew how humans interact on and offline


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