'Who wants straight reality when you can augment it
Augmented reality (AR) -- or the "real world Web" -- has been listed by research firm Gartner as one of the most disruptive technologies companies could face over the next few years. The possibilities of AR are impressive.
During a heart transplant, identifier labels can be superimposed over the valves and chambers of a beating heart. On airplane factory floors, AR visors help electricians navigate complex mazes of wiring. Military minds dream up darker uses of AR.
Early on, consumer products might be predominantly entertainment-oriented, available not just on cell phones but also handheld gaming and other devices.
For instance there's the "magic book" idea, where every page can host a virtual 3-D pop-up that's viewable through a visor.
Or "AR tennis," where a virtual tennis court is superimposed on a real table and you view the action through your cell phone screen. The "racket" is your cell phone, which you wave through the air to hit the virtual ball. (Just don't topple your beer with your backhand.)
Offerings similar to these might reach store shelves within a year or so, believes Blair MacIntyre, who directs the Augmented Environments Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, which devised the cemetery experiment.
But it will be some time before you can "click on people," or stand on a street corner and look at an augmented world through your phone or visor.' -- The missing 'links': Looking towards an augmented reality