Khronos Group Launches OpenXR Adopter’s Program, Conformance Testing for Cross-Platform AR/VR API

August 5, 2020 Brandon Lewis

The Khronos Group has launched the OpenXR 1.0 Adopter’s Program and published a Conformance Test Suite on GitHub under the Apache 2.0 license. OpenXR is an open, industry standard API that enables the development and deployment of portable, cross-platform AR/VR (XR) runtimes. The OpenXR Working Group has also introduced cross-vendor extensions for hand and eye tracking, extending UI techniques supported by the interoperable API.

OpenXR 1.0 developer preview implementations are now available on Valve SteamVR and Varjo headsets. The standard is also being integrated in several other open-source projects, including:

After successfully implementing the API and passing conformance tests, implementers gain patent protection under the Khronos Intellectual Property Framework, the ability to publish their solutions on the Khronos Conformant Product Registry, and approval to use the OpenXR trademark. Platforms that currently support the OpenXR standard include Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest headsets, as well as Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality and HoloLens 2 headsets.

For more information, visit www.khronos.org/openxr/#:~:text=OpenXR%20is%20a%20royalty%2Dfree,as%20XR%E2%80%94platforms%20and%20devices.

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Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at brandon.lewis@opensysmedia.com.

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