Scott McEldowney

Scott C. McEldowney

Lead Optics Researcher at Oculus VR Inc

Location:
19800 MacArthur Boulevard Suite 200, Irvine, California, United States
Company:
Oculus VR Inc
HQ Phone:
(949) 502-2070

General Information

Experience

Engineering Development Manager  - JDSU Corporation

Education

MS degree  - Mechanical Engineering , 

MS degree  - Mechanical Engineering , College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona

PhD  - Optical Sciences , 

PhD  - Optical Sciences , College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona

Affiliations

Principal Optical Engineer  - Microsoft Corporation

Recent News  

But Scott McEldowney of Oculus Research, USA, sees a future in which those strands will come together.
Devices almost as lightweight as an ordinary pair of eyeglasses will someday "offer AR, and VR, and everything in-between," said McEldowney.

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But Scott McEldowney of Oculus Research, USA-who gave one of three "Visionary Speakers" keynotes that kicked off the Monday session of OSA Frontiers in Optics conference in Washington, D.C.-sees a future in which those strands will come together.
Devices almost as lightweight as an ordinary pair of eyeglasses will someday "offer AR, and VR, and everything in-between," said McEldowney. "And we're going to wear them all day long." McEldowney, an optical engineer who has worked on both VR and AR imaging and display for Oculus and, earlier, for Microsoft on its Kinect and Hololens products, has no doubt that this "mixed reality" future is coming. But, he says, it's likely to be many years away. And getting there, he told his audience, will require "many breakthroughs by the people in this room." Getting to a "socially acceptable" platform McEldowney noted that VR is already making strides at capturing aspects of the real world and bringing it into the virtual one. That, he said, would "probably revolutionize a lot of the ways we work and play. But according to McEldowney, VR, as it's done today, can never produce a "go-anywhere, mixed-reality device" that is as "socially acceptable" as an ordinary, see-through pair of eyeglasses. And that level of social acceptability, he said, is "an absolute requirement for anything we're going to wear in public." That means, he says, that the path to what McEldowney calls "full AR"-the mixed-reality future-will need to be via see-through AR glasses that are "light, comfortable, power efficient, stylish and socially acceptable. And it's a tall technical order. "It's going to take five years, ten years, or even longer," he said, "but eventually they will become a viable part of our everyday lives."

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Scott McEldowney
Scott McEldowney Scott McEldowney Oculus Research, USA Theme: Virtual Reality and Augmented Vision Talk: Building the Vision for Autonomous Mobility About the Speaker Dr. Scott McEldowney, is lead optics researcher for Oculus Research in Redmond, WA. He leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers conducting advanced research in near to eye display and advanced imaging systems. Prior to that, Scott was a Principal Optical Engineer for Microsoft incubating new hardware technologies which included the development of the Hololens and Kinect. Scott holds a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering and PhD in Optical Sciences from the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona.

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