Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Another virtual reality simulation/prediction, in which various data and apps are projected into our visual field.
This video is 3.5 minutes:
Some of this is already showing up in mobile translation apps like Word Lens (available for iOS and Android). Install the free Word Lens app on your phone, point your phone’s camera at a street sign written in a language you don’t read, and your phone will read, translate and render an image of the sign, exactly as though it had been written in a language you do read.
Such magic already in the world. However, holding up a phone or tablet to reveal the unseen will get old, right quick. We’ll want something like Google Glass to make this work well. We will speak and make gestures to control the machines that accompany us.
Ten years from now, the world (and perhaps I mean the rich world) is going to be a far more interactive place, in which we are surrounded by quasi-conscious digital servants. Take note: not all of them will be our servants, any more than they are today. Here’s a search to keep an eye on: augmented reality.