The Age of Augmented Reality
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.