As the “Extended Reality” landscape continues to evolve, innovators are consistently exploring new ways to make immersive experiences feel more realistic. Leaders are discovering the importance of rich, multi-sensory experiences for the optimisation of VR, AR, and MR. After all, or perception of an environment isn’t limited only to what we see.
Spatial audio is a powerful tool for transforming virtual experiences into more authentic interactions capable of mimicking real life. The right technology reduces the cognitive load of “2D” audio interactions, and makes virtual spaces more engaging.
One of the best ways for business leaders and innovators to learn about the possibilities of spatial audio, is with the right events. Here are some of the top conferences, award ceremonies and expos worth visiting in 2022 and early 2023.
October 17-19, 2022, Masion De La Poste, Belgium
Otherwise known as the “Immersion Forum”, Stereopsia brings thousands of participants and international experts in XR together in an incredible landscape for discovery. This year’s event has a number of educational tracks to explore, including the evolution of new technology, academic research into XR, and the importance of the “human connection”.
The forum will offer a phenomenal insight into some of the most important and world-changing trends in extended reality. The track focusing on human psychology and interactions is likely to be a valuable one for those learning about spatial reality, and its impact on wellbeing. At this event, attendees will be able to interact with other experts, listen to keynote speeches, and even check out leading technology from new vendors.
Augmented Enterprise Summit
October 18-20, 2022, San Diego, CA
Previously known as “EWTS”, the Augmented Enterprise Summit or “AES”, is one of the longest-running and most comprehensive events in the XR space. The conference focuses heavily on the rise of XR business applications, wearables, and innovative technologies like sensors. AES is a great place to visit for those who want to learn about XR best-practices and new discoveries.
In 2022, there will be various opportunities to listen to speeches and join lessons about digital twins, the rise of the Metaverse, and IoT solutions. There’s sure to be some excellent information available on spatial audio in the XR landscape, particularly with focus areas like “product design and prototyping”, training, and collaborative meetings to check out.
October 24-28, 2022, Hyatt Regency, San Francisco
Ideal for software engineers, architects, and team leaders learning more about the latest trends in extended reality, QCon draws creatives from all over the world into engaging event experience. Here, attendees can share their experiences with adding new software solutions into the AR, VR, and MR industries, whether it’s AI enhancements, or spatial audio.
QCon focuses on best practices and delivering valuable information to attendees, rather than selling products and services. Visitors will have a chance to interact with some of the major software leaders from early adopters and world-changing companies. For developers working on their own spatial audio solutions, there will also be chances to collaborate with other market leaders and acquire actionable ideas for projects.
XR Fair Tokyo
October 26-28, Tokyo Big Sight, Chiba City
A more recent addition to the XR event space, the XR Fair in Tokyo is a fantastic event for innovators across the globe. The conference aims to explore all of the latest trends in augmented, mixed, and virtual reality technology, so attendees are sure to learn a thing or two about spatial audio. The exhibition floor also offers a chance to experience some of the latest tools first-hand.
Outside of concepts like AI and spatial audio, this event will also offer plenty of opportunities to learn about edge computing in the XR space, the rise of the blockchain, and how other cutting-edge technologies can transform the ecosystem. It’s an excellent place to interact with other thought leaders, generate new ideas, and explore technology.
November 28 to December 2nd, 2022, Rotterdam
VRDays Europe is a fantastic five-day event committed to the innovative nature of virtual reality, and the new solutions emerging in the marketplace. With access to a host of exclusive content to explore, attendees are sure to learn everything they need to know about modern trends. The show features representatives from more than 100 globally-recognised firms too.
The program for 2022 will cover everything from creating a phenomenal work experience in VR, to implementing solutions for education and diversity. With various exhibitors to check out, there’s even a chance business leaders will be able to find the partners they need to implement their own spatial audio solutions into VR technology.
Immersive Global Summit
December 5-7, 2022, Fountainbleau Hotel, Miami, Florida
The Immersive Global Summit was created by the Virtual and Augmented Reality Association to provide a behind-the-scenes exploration of the XR landscape. The show features representatives from more than 500 XR firms, with a host of powerful networking opportunities. At this event, attendees will have endless chances to learn from market leaders in the spatial audio and XR space. There are even chances to check out some of the latest technology available.
There are various workshops and keynotes to explore, discussing emerging ideas like NFTs, artificial intelligence, volumetric capture, holograms, and more. There are bound to be some amazing educational opportunities at this event.
January 29 to Feb 01, 2023, SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, CA
Ideal for those looking to embrace the future of the metaverse with their XR innovations, SPIE.AR/VR/MR is a modern event exploring all of the latest discoveries in the marketplace. Here, attendees will have a chance to map out their complete strategy for implementing and leveraging extended reality solutions, and innovations like spatial audio.
The conference is brimming with useful content and educational keynote speeches from leaders working in the largest companies and most engaging startups. There are special industry-specific events, educational courses to explore, and exhibitions too. This is a must-visit event for anyone in the extended reality landscape.
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