Augmented Reality Becoming Reality

March 1, 2012 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

Hi MAT 120!

Thanks for continuing to read our blog and learning about some of the most exciting news happening right now in technology. Today I wanted to share some recent information I found about new developments in the augmented reality sector.

So, what is augmented reality?

Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.

-Wikipedia

When we discuss augmented reality, we talking about bringing together technology and reality. Many experts have continuously worked on this effort to make human-computer interaction a more natural and intuitive experience.

One of the best examples of truly augmented reality is the SixthSense technology debuted at a TEDTalk. I highly encourage watching this video featuring Pranav Mistry, the mastermind behind the technology, explain his journey of joining the computing world with reality. The SixthSense technology requires users to wear colored fingertip caps, a small projector, a small camera, as well as a miniature computer system. Combining all of these technologies provides users with greatly increased knowledge at any given location.

TEDTalk Spoiler Warning: Some of the great abilities you will see in the video include the ability to simply look at a book and projector displays reviews about the book on the actual book. Another great example is the ability to play interactive video games on a piece of paper! SixthSense is still in the early stages of development, but it will be exciting to see where the augmented reality technology will go.

TED Talks Video

Finally, I cannot end a discussion about augmented reality without discussing Google’s recent announcement of Google Glasses. Google has built glasses that allow those who wear the glasses to complete tasks such as check their e-mail and see the weather forecast. According to sources that are developing the top secret product at Google X, Google’s top secret product development center, the most important feature involves location based interaction.

Google Glasses will augment reality by displaying information to wearers about current landmarks their are viewing among a plethora of other powerful features.

Learn more about Google Glasses on the New York Times.

Augmented reality is still making its way to consumers, but it provides power to consumers to use computing power to make faster and better decisions at any given location.

I hope you enjoyed reading, and do not forget to take the quiz!

Best regards,

Paul

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