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XRA 2022 KICKOFF: Reflections On 2021 and A Look Ahead to 2022

XRA 2022 KICKOFF: Reflections On 2021 and A Look Ahead to 2022

Throughout 2021, the world saw an acceleration in the use of, and interest in, XR technologies. There was a seismic shift towards creating applications and devices that will bring everyone into the virtual world. Collectively, the XR industry made great strides in both personal and enterprise use of XR.

As the industry prepared for expansion, the XR Association continued its mission promoting the responsible development and use of this pioneering technology.

What follows is just some of the highlights from 2021, and a look at what’s in store for the industry in 2022.

Important XRA Milestones

Major Players and Activities

XRA members represent the broad ecosystem of the XR industry, such as headset manufacturers, technology platforms, component and peripheral companies, internet infrastructure companies, enterprise solution providers and corporate end-users. Within the past year, the industry has seen exponential growth in the immersive technology space. Our members are at the forefront of the industry, as seen in new product launches, re-brands, and partnerships.

The metaverse becomes mainstream

Entering a new world with headsets and glasses

The path to a virtual (and immersive) workspace

A Look Ahead

Crafting public policy for immersive technology will need a collaborative effort among policymakers, industry leaders, civil society and academics. Given the evolving landscape of the industry, the topics below will likely be a focus for the industry:

  • ​​Privacy and data stewardship. XR devices require biometric information to deliver optimal immersive and engaging experiences. XR platforms and developers will need to build robust data governance programs to secure data, protect privacy, and earn user trust.
  • Safety and wellbeing. XR is a technology that pervades everything, from health care, medicine, education, public safety, manufacturing, construction, infrastructure, collaboration, the workplace and others. With limitless opportunity also comes a responsibility to discuss use – and age – parameters, and develop appropriate guidelines.
  • Accessibility and inclusion. XR technology has the potential to help organizations create equity and promote diversity. Immersive learning currently represents one of the most promising options for changing traditional approaches to education, closing achievement gaps and creating tailored programming to meet the individualized needs of each learner.