You have heard the saying, “Yes, there is an app for that.” Well, in the world of augmented reality, the same is true. Technology seems to change at any given moment, and the smartphone app world seems to be right in step with it, allowing users to further their technological education.
Together with your smartphone, augmented reality can give you an education about your neighborhood or surroundings. Bionic Eye is an iPhone application that can educate you about where you can find neighborhood favorites. Simply point your iPhone camera in any direction in your neighborhood, and you will quickly learn where the fast food chains or coffee shops are located, including Starbucks, Wendy’s, or Burger King. It has 360 degree functionality and is available in the U.S., UK, France, and Tokyo.
Augmented reality is a division of technology that is growing rather rapidly. Wearables, like Google Glass, are giving users access to more real-world data than ever before. In fact, in some public places, augmented reality devices, such as Google Glass, are banned, simply due to the fact that such technology makes some people feel uncomfortable.
Augmented reality devices hand users an easy opportunity to gain an education about the complete strangers around them. Images that are discreetly captured using an augmented reality device can be cross referenced with social media applications, allowing a user to find out not only who a complete stranger is, but also what their likes are, not to mention the personal information they can find out at their fingertips. In essence, Facebook creeping can be taken to the extreme. Perhaps this will force the social media industry to provide its users with greater security measures.
Wearables, similar to Google Glass, may even become available to industrial workers. For example, a DAQRI Smart Helmet has been developed that allows for a “true 4D” display. This helps workers understand processes better and faster, spend less time on each of the processes, and make less errors. It is a win-win situation for the industrial market, as it increases efficiency, saves money, and provides for analytics.
Magic Leap, a growing Silicon Valley startup, is working on a new technology that will combine technology and safety, technology and privacy, and virtual or real-world. However, a visit to their website shows they are not yet ready to release the details of their developments.
The 13th Lab has proven that the camera is one of the most important sensors for understanding and interacting with the world around us. They are developing a reality gaming platform that will create a truly mobile, multiplayer, and immersive first person shooter experience.
Whether you are looking to gain an education using augmented reality or find a more entertaining way to spend your free time, the possibilities seem growing and endless. It can be safely said that the future of augmented reality is bright, and the time is now. Why not unlock the keys to endless possibilities by opening the door to augmented reality? You will not regret it.