When AR gets in the wayWednesday, August 8th, 2012 by Roberto Saracco
A group of Israeli students have created a video to represent what Augmented reality (AR) can mean once it becomes pervasive. I don’t like it, not the video, the potential change in life.
The idea is that AR couple with some form of advanced, seamless, visual interface to the internet would be able to provide us with immediate information on who is in front of us and to double check whatever is being said.
This, of course requires the availability of the seamless visual interface and one step in that direction might be Google glasses, expected to hit the market in 2014. And it requires the availability of personal information.
Now, the former is still a few years away, particularly the idea represented in the video involving contact lenses doubling up as screens (although there are already prototype contact lenses doing just that), but the latter is already available.
The personal information implicitly revealed on Facebook is already providing a probably too much detailed picture of ourselves, something we may regret in several circumstances. And this is something we seldom think about, particularly the younger generation.
Looking at the clip prepared by the Israeli students may serve as a warning bell for today, not just as a scaring view of tomorrow.
Tags: augmented reality