Between going to CES and Photonic’s West AR/VR/MR conference, plus travel for work, I have a large backlog of material to write about. I’m going to start with a new book that was published. In talking we others at Photonics West, everyone working in AR and MR should get this book.
The AR/VR/MR conferences within Photonics West was exceptional in both the presentations and the ability to have off-line discussions with key industry people. Bernard Kress, the same person that wrote the book I am going to write about below, did an exceptional job starting this conference in the first place and then shepherding it.
Bernard Kress’s Great New Book
I would like to give a shout out for Bernard Kress’s new book titled “Optical Architectures for Augmented-, Virtual-, and Mixed-Reality Headsets.” It is available in both paper and electronic form at SPIE.org for between $47 and $65 depending on the format and if you are an SPIE member. The book is 275 pages (fairly large type) and chock full of figures (see example below)
Bernard is a Partner Optical Architect at Microsoft working on Hololens 1 and 2. Overall, the book is an excellent compendium of almost every AR/MR/VR optical architecture announced to date, along with covering many key human factors issues. This is not a technical deep dive into optics but rather takes a high-level view that the average person can understand.
While Bernard works for Microsoft, I found the book to be very even-handed in its discussions of the various company products. This book is a must-have resource for anyone involved in the AR/VR/MR industry. Benard is a great evangelist for the AR industry and is a Conference Chair of AR/VR/MR conferences within Photonics West. This blog has cited his work several times in the past, much of which included in the book.
I should add that this blog is cited as a resource in the book’s acknowledgments. I receive absolutely no compensation for this recommendation or the link and even paid for a digital copy of the book. I just think it is a great resource. I would recommend getting the electronic version as it is a) searchable, b) instantly available, c) less expensive, d) more environmentally friendly.