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What is the future of the augmented reality

I am a french student in engineering school of mecatronic and recently I read an interesting article about the Google Glass and the augmented reality in general. I find this topic pretty much interesting.

On the one hand, this technology can develop a lot of usefull applications. Facial recognition, geolocalisation, environment information or again an assistance for blind people ... The augmented reality should help us in our every day's life.

On the other hand, it remains thorny problems and so much questions. What this reality/virtuality proximity may have as long term effects on the brain ? Should it creates an addiction or a non-recognition of real life ? Moreover, the ability to film anywhere and anytime make an issue about private life and image rights.
As many questions unanswered for this moment.

So I would like your oppinion about the development of the augmented reality. Will this kind of glasses follow the same way as smartphone or falling into oblivion ?

Thank for your point of view.

  • Dec 4 2013: While I fully agree with Harald that there will no longer need to be specific words to separate "reality" from that which mixes the digital and physical worlds (Augmented Reality), I believe there's an important difference between AR and VR and that this distinction will remain.

    Virtual reality is and will remain highly artificial, even when the graphics are absolutely realistic. The elements of a virtual world or VR experience are still graphics and by definition only the user is real. It has many practical/valuable and entertaining uses, but it will not be as widely adopted as AR which requires far less in terms of computation and components to fully immerse the user.

    In fact, one of the reasons that AR will be ubiquitous is that it directly helps the user with "real life"

    On the topic of recognition, the algorithms are already good but they need more training. We are continuously adding more objects and real world "anchors" into these cloud-based recognizers.

    Yes, there will certainly be people who can't experience the real world without having some digital information added, but they will benefit by being able to take decisions more quickly and based on assistance from cyberspace!

    I recommend that you wait a year or more before getting the glasses. What will make this break out is when they are binocular so that you have stereo overlay and the digital world will register in 3D. Everything before that will be a disappointment.
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      Dec 4 2013: Hi Christine, about 30 years ago I went to Copenhagen in Denmark. They have an amusement park there and I was able to don a complete VR suit and enter a game.
      I was impressed how one can get immersed into a virtual environment. And that was 30 years ago !
      I assume, that with today's technology, the VR experience should be far better.
      You could for example use VR to visit places around the world without leaving your home. While that might not beat a real visit to the beach, swimming in the ocean and lie in the sun sipping your Piña Colada, it might be a great way to experience architecture or museums around the globe.
      I'm sure there are many other applications one could come up with for VR.
      The better the technology becomes, the more realistic the experience will become. Perhaps in the future, all our senses (even taste and smell) can be stimulated in VR bringing at pretty close to real life experiences.
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    Dec 4 2013: My belief is that reality and virtual reality will more and more melt together.
    Devices that are still separated from us might in the future even be implanted and so become a integral part of us.
    In the future there wont be any differentiation between reality/augmented reality/virtual reality. It will become as common as using a mobile phone today.
    Google glasses are only the humble beginning.
  • Dec 5 2013: Thank you both for your opinion, it expands my reflection. This discussion has inspired me to make some more research on the subject, and I came across a video (very well done) showing the limits of the AR.

    Perhaps you already know it.
    What do you think about ?