Three IEEE Standards Activities for Augmented and Virtual Reality Are in the Works

Projects cover AR for the energy industry, smartglasses, and 3-D body scanners

20 December 2016

The IEEE Standards Association’s (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections Program helps organizations working on rapidly evolving technologies incubate new standards and related products and services. Here are three activities in the works related to AR and VR.

  • The Augmented Reality in the Oil/Gas/Electric Industry activity considers how AR, as well as virtual reality and mixed AR and VR technologies, can benefit the three energy industries. Launched in June, the project helps identify related standards from IEEE and other organizations, and identify gaps in standards, as well. The project also is exploring how wearables, like head-mounted devices, could be applied in all three industries.
  • Formed in July 2015, the Smart Glasses Roadmap activity works to overcome hurdles to help accelerate the adoption of smartglasses across markets and applications. The activity is addressing user expectations and developing interoperability standards.
  • The presence of 3-D body scanners in retail clothing stores promises to bring a new level of immersion to the shopping experience and provides consumers, through realistic and interactive visual representations, both a sense of style and a better view of how garments fit their bodies. Since January, the 3-D Body Processing activity has been developing standards for the capture and processing of scanned data and making certain that scanner technologies will communicate with one another. Standardization efforts are under way to set format types and classifications; quality specifications and metrics; test methods; communication, sharing, and security protocols; and privacy guidelines.

This article appears in the December 2016 print issue as “IEEE Standards Activities for Augmenting Reality.”

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