What you need to know
- The new OpenXR 1.0 specification will help virtual and augmented reality work well across platforms.
- OpenXR is supported by several large companies in the VR and AR industries.
- Microsoft added OpenXR support to Windows Mixed Reality last week.
The Khronos Group released a new specification for OpenXR. The OpenXR 1.0 specification helps unify standards for augmented and virtual reality, which are referred to collectively as XR. The specification can be found at Github.
OpenXR is a standard set in place to ensure that developers can use code across multiple XR platforms. Several large companies, including Oculus, SteamVR, HTC, and Microsoft, have worked to support OpenXR. Last week, Microsoft added OpenXR support to Windows Mixed Reality devices.
Don Box, a Technical Fellow at Microsoft, joined other large players in the XR industry in stating the importance of open technologies.
While virtual and augmented reality are not new, they are still in relatively early stages when compared to other technologies. Having open standards to improve cross-platform support and future compatibility will help XR grow in the future.
Portable (and affordable) power accessories we love
Each and every one of these charging gadgets will keep your favorite gear and gadgets going for longer, and none of them costs more than $30.
VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank (opens in new tab) ($13 at Dell)
This compact dual-output powerbank can speedily recharge any and all your devices, thanks to a two-amp "fast charge feature," using its micro-USB out port. Its simple design includes an LED indicator, and it costs about as much as a single ticket to the movies.
Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (opens in new tab) (From $13 at Dell)
Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger (opens in new tab) fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.
Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad (opens in new tab) ($30 at Dell)
This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.
Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at email@example.com (opens in new tab).
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