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Imagine using the power of augmented reality not just for places and monuments but also to get public information on people arround you.

Let me give you some examples of how you could benefit from an interpersonal augmented reality app and then I will explain how does the technology work.

Do you want to know the name of that girl standing 30 feet away? Just launch the interpersonal augmented reality app in your smartphone and point your smartphone at her. Wait for her silhoutte on the screen to turn greenand tap the "social" button. Then you will have access to her public profile. Now you know her name, that she is looking for a partner to split the rent of her student apartment and her skype id.

Do you want to know your new neighbors before showing up at their porch saying hello? Just use the same app and point at any of them to check on their public profile. If they don't share any meaningful details at least you will know they are not of the social type.

You've found a strayed dog? Just point your camera and get the id, including the owner address and phone, and if the dog needs some medicine. It will be mandatory for pets to have implanted a non-user programable id chip, so owners could be prosecuted if their pets cause accidents, bite people or abandon the pet irresponsibly.

You don't have to get near the pet or person you want to identify because the interpersonal augmented reality app, instead of relying in short range network technology like bluetooth, combines the power of assisted GPS, gyroscopes in your smartphone and a built-in laser meter to know where you are standing, in what direction you are pointing your smartphone camera and the distance to the focused subjetc, which all combined will get the exact the location of the focused subjet and hence the corresponding public profile URL.

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  • Apr 1 2011: What you describe is becoming reality. Google recently announced smart phone application that will allow you to take a person's picture and get information (limited for now to the person's contact info).

    I believe that augmented reality will become the next big thing. It has amazing number of potentials that you mentioned but it goes even further. Imagine having glasses that will show you an overlay on top of streets, building, people etc. You will know about each store, street name, your location etc. The possibilities are endless.

    The one concern I have is about privacy. Imagine you do scan a girl nearby and it reveals her name, address, phone etc. She might not want you to know that but people will suddenly have access to lots of information about her. Eventually application will emerge that will tell employment and other history about anyone you will see on streets.

    So I see huge potential but also some major privacy issues =)
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      Apr 3 2011: Face recognition would be an ineffective and rudimentary way to id people compared to what I am proposing.

      Privacy concerns can be avoided as I mentioned before, by only making available the details you want to share. That is your public profile. The process would be the same we use know to configure what info about us we want to share with other facebook users.

      We also could have what I call location based profiles, and situation based profiles.

      Examples of location based profile: you have an id chip implanted somewhere in your body that will tell your id to a scanner, then, if you are unlucky to need a free ride in an ambulance, paramedics will be able to access more relevant info about your health from your id chip inside the ambulance and in emergency rooms than a regular user in the street. No matter if you have lose your smartphone.
      • Apr 5 2011: "Privacy concerns can be avoided as I mentioned before, by only making available the details you want to share."

        I think the issue here is that we unwillingly and unknowingly share large amounts of data on the Internet:
        LinkedIn profile, Facebook profile, Flicker, out websites, our blogs, tweets, resumes etc. If someone creates an application that will mine all those data then people can know lots about you even without your consent?