The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by the increasing demand for collaborative workspaces, remote collaboration, and virtual training applications, and growing importance of technologies such as advanced graphics rendering, spatial tracking, real-time communication, and gesture recognition in enabling users to interact and communicate within a virtual environment in a more natural and intuitive way. In the last three years alone, there have been over 4.1 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Virtual and augmented reality in technology: multi-user immersive interfacesBuy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 1.5 million patents to analyze innovation intensity for the technology industry, there are 190+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Multi-user immersive interfaces is a key innovation area in virtual and augmented reality

Multi-user immersive interfaces are advanced computer systems that enable real-time interaction among multiple users within a virtual environment. These interfaces commonly incorporate virtual reality (VR) headsets and various sensory input devices like haptic controllers and motion tracking devices. Their primary objective is to deliver a highly realistic and immersive experience, promoting seamless collaboration among users in a shared virtual space.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 60+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of multi-user immersive interfaces.

Key players in multi-user immersive interfaces – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to multi-user immersive interfaces

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
COLOPL 12 Unlock Company Profile
HTC 13 Unlock Company Profile
Fujifilm 8 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 59 Unlock Company Profile
Microsoft 106 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 25 Unlock Company Profile
Gree 7 Unlock Company Profile
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek 6 Unlock Company Profile
Meta Platforms 39 Unlock Company Profile
Surgical Theater 14 Unlock Company Profile
Koninklijke KPN 6 Unlock Company Profile
BAE Systems 5 Unlock Company Profile
Canon 15 Unlock Company Profile
Immersion 5 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 76 Unlock Company Profile
IBM 13 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 7 Unlock Company Profile
Snap 54 Unlock Company Profile
Uber Technologies 10 Unlock Company Profile
Magic Leap 272 Unlock Company Profile
UAB Research Foundation 10 Unlock Company Profile
Pixvana 6 Unlock Company Profile
Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications 7 Unlock Company Profile
Desigence 5 Unlock Company Profile
Taqtile 6 Unlock Company Profile
Mindshow 12 Unlock Company Profile
Scann3d 5 Unlock Company Profile
Verizon Patent And Licensing 6 Unlock Company Profile
Live CGI 5 Unlock Company Profile
Help Lightning 11 Unlock Company Profile 8 Unlock Company Profile
Multinarity 22 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Magic Leap is the leading patent filer in the field of multi-user immersive interfaces. One of the company's patents describes an augmented reality display system with passable world model data containing map points representing real-world objects. The system includes a processor that communicates with individual augmented reality display systems, transmitting a portion of the passable world model data based on the respective locations of the individual systems.

Other prominent patent filers in the space include Microsoft and Sony Group.

By geographic reach, Magic Leap leads the pack, followed by Qualcomm and Help Lightning. In terms of application diversity, Uber Technologies holds the top position, followed by IBM and Surgical Theater.

Multi-user immersive interfaces provide a shared virtual environment where multiple users can simultaneously engage and collaborate. These interfaces utilize technologies, such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), to create immersive experiences. They have the potential to enhance various fields, including education, entertainment, training, and social interactions. Multi-user immersive interfaces foster collaboration, communication, and shared experiences among users, enabling them to engage in interactive and collaborative activities in a virtual world.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Virtual Reality (VR).

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.