Conference 12125 > Paper 12125-12
Paper 12125-12

Motion tracking for augmented and mixed reality: how good is good enough?

4 April 2022 • 2:10 PM - 2:30 PM EDT


The proliferation of AR/MR/XR display technology continues to grow. However, with few exceptions the advances in motion tracking to support placement of symbols and images on the real world scene have not kept up. In order for AR/MR/XR to move from narrow niche applications to more general use, motion tracking providing accurate pose will also need to work in diverse environments and conditions. This paper will analyze the accuracy, latency, and environmental performance needs of motion tracking to support general use AR/MR/XR displays. A minimum performance specification will be proposed based on real-world scenarios using AR/MR/XR.


Thales Defense and Security, Inc. (United States)
Robert (Bob) Atac is Vice President & Chief Technology Officer for Thales Defense & Security, Inc., Bob focuses on technology-based solutions derived from the various parts of Thales and from within Thales Defense & Security, Inc. Prior to his work at Thales and Visionix, Mr. Atac was the founder and President of Flight Visions, Inc. Flight Visions began as a head-up display (HUD) provider in 1986 and grew to provide full cockpit suites, including multi-function displays, controls, radios, and more. Flight Visions was purchased by CMC Electronics in 2002, and Mr. Atac was Vice President of Military Aviation before leaving in late 2004. Leveraging his extensive engineering background, Mr. Atac has written many technical publications and has been awarded a number of patents. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering, and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Thales Defense and Security, Inc. (United States)
Richard W. Madison
Thales Defense and Security, Inc. (United States)