Virtual & Augmented Reality

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) refer to head-mounted display or camera video overlay technology that provides a three-dimensional visual and audio experience that either immerses the user or adds virtual elements to a user’s surroundings. AR/VR remains one of the fastest growing technology sectors, yet is characterized by novel technological and safety issues, whose standards and regulations are being defined as we speak. Manufacturers are increasingly aware of design, manufacturing, and performance issues related to wearable technology which include battery safety, material biocompatibility, light detection and ranging (LIDAR) laser radiation safety, and headset ergonomics. They also need to address a wide variety of user experience issues, such as safe use, the design of warnings and instructions, potential effects on vision, balance, and/or subjective well-being (e.g., nausea), and user enjoyment, adoption, and usability.

With decades of experience in solving complex, interdisciplinary problems, Exponent is well-positioned as a leader in consulting on AR/VR technology. We offer comprehensive support and expertise in the following AR/VR technology issues and technologies:

  • Wearable headsets
  • Mobile AR platforms
  • Battery systems
  • LIDAR and eye tracking systems
  • Printed circuit boards
  • LED/OLED display technologies
  • Electrical, haptic, and optical components
  • Motion and proximity sensors
  • Biometric sensors
  • Software/firmware security

Exponent’s broad-based expertise and our consultants’ in-depth knowledge provide support through every step of our clients’ product design cycle. We offer the following services related to AR/VR devices:

  • Risk assessment and safety engineering
  • User experience research and user testing
  • Biomechanical performance analysis
  • Reliability testing and quality assessment
  • Manufacturing audits
  • Failure analysis of field returns
  • Material biocompatibility assessment
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Human factors and health & safety evaluations
  • Radiofrequency exposure assessment
  • Proof of concept analysis
  • Prototype design and development
  • Intellectual property and technology analysis for licensing and due diligence

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