The Opportunity for Quantum Sensing in Virtual Reality

Micah Tinklepaugh
4 min readAug 28, 2022

Around about 28 years of age, a university accepted me for computational physics undergraduate work. I’d spent 8 years floundering through the education system. As a waiter, this was a big deal. I still remember a few days after receiving my acceptance letter getting into a conversation with a very nice couple at a table I was serving. After hearing I would eventually try to get a doctorate in particle physics the gentleman discouraged me on the basis that there is no financial utility to the endeavor. He asked who would make money from it. This led me to ask a physics researcher (or assistant) how much they made. They said $12 an hour. Other PhD candidate explained the importance of finding the right professor to do a dissertation under, other wise I might not ever get funded or do meaningful research. Realizing physicists need augmented and virtual reality and that I’d fare better in San Francisco, I took a different path. More can be read here:

But now that I have been working in Augmented and Virtual Reality for nearly a decade, I think I might have some answers for the man at the table asking me about the value from these scientific endeavors. Quantum Computing is becoming increasingly promising for optimization and cryptography problems facing governments and enterprise. But all of that is from evolving the measurements of particle physics experiments. So then it might stand to reason that advancing quantum sensing technology might accelerate that curve the same way Moore’s law adequately modeled the rate of growth in technology advancement.

Defining Quantum Sensors

According to Kathryn Zurek in a piece by Science.org, it’s any device capable of detecting a single quantum particle, such as a photon or an energetic electron. “I call a quantum sensor something that can detect single quanta in whatever form that takes,”. According to Q-Ctrl, the sensors“… detect smaller signals from greater distances.” and that. They also state,” The market is growing rapidly — approximately 13% per year.” Quantum…

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Micah Tinklepaugh

I design products for people and systems. I also like to swim, bike, and run.