The topic is about anchoring, using ultra-precise “positioning”, data to real-world places & objects to create a ubiquitous digital overlay on the physical world, thus painting it with data. While academics favor the term “Spatial Computing” (from S. Greenwold 2003 PhD thesis at MIT), other use equally-intriguing terms such as World’s Digital Twin, Magic Verse, Metaverse, Mirrorworld, The Spatial web, & AR Cloud. The deployment of this capability will require tremendous mobile computing power (often referred to as “Edge Computing”) & connectivity (via 5G).
This conference “paints” a picture of the field, now regaining interest due to increasing capabilities in hardware and computer-vision & AI algorithms, and poised to be the next big XR thing. It also addresses the strategic question of who will dominate the field…