The Age of Aug­mented Re­al­ity

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There are games that go vi­ral overnight, caus­ing peo­ple to con­fine in their homes for days to play. And there is last sum­mer’s hit Poké­mon Go, made by San Fran­cisco-based Niantic, inc., which will go down in the his­tory as the un­prece­dented video game phe­nom­e­non that got peo­ple mov­ing. in the case of Poké­mon Go, it’s also the first mo­bile game that brought aug­mented re­al­ity to the gen­eral mar­ket­place. it could con­nect us deeply with our sur­round­ings, nar­row­ing the gap be­tween dig­i­tal and the phys­i­cal, in­stead of dis­tract­ing us from real world. but, we don’t get much out of AR yet, and we’re far more to go from Poké­mon Go. We’ve yet to ex­plore the world of mixed re­al­ity at great ex­pense, dis­com­fort and peril.

At some point in the fu­ture, there will be aug­mented re­al­ity glasses, which will over­lay ob­jects seam­lessly into our en­vi­ron­ment. but, those don’t ex­ist yet, and it seems as if we’ve failed to main­tain the high lev­els of en­thu­si­asm on AR.

Four­teen months ago, Mark zucker­berg spelled out a prom­ise for Face­book AR. “AR gives you the abil­ity to see the world, but also over­lay dig­i­tal ob­jects on top. Today, if i want to show my friends a photo, i pull out my phone and have a small ver­sion of the photo. in the fu­ture, you’ll be able to snap your fin­gers and pull out a photo and make it as big as you want and with your AR glasses, you’ll be able to show it to peo­ple and they will be able to see it,” said zucker­berg.

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