Augmented Reality Devices

 

Augmented Reality (AR) is an emerging technology described as, “a field of computer research which deals with the combination of real-world and computer-generated data (virtual reality), where computer graphics objects are blended into real footage in real time.”

 
AR is essentially a view of the real world with a virtual overlay. It promises to change the physical world as we know it: imagine being able to walk around with a pair of sunglasses on that allow you to see the physical world with virtual context. Your AR enabled device could provide an overlay of Facebook data, including names and recent status updates, right next to the faces within your view.
 
 
 
For Enjoyment
AR is already becoming increasing popular for gaming purposes, because it can add a whole new layer of interactivity to games. As you can see from the video, AR Tower Defense for Nokia N95 is a game that uses a real world puzzle, but your phone’s lens changes your view of the puzzle. The two layers combined create a whole new type of gaming addiction.
 

 


Educational Endeavors

 

 
Practical Purposes
This mobile app adds location-based Wikipedia content to the camera lens of real-world places.
 

 

 
The coming superintelligence: who will be in control?
What if humans get augmented with smart biochips, wearables, and other enhancements, accessing massive knowledge bases ubiquitously and becoming supersmart cyborgs who stay in control by keeping machines specialized?
 
 

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