What do you get if you take the
internet revolution, throw in GPS and digital compass technology, and
add some futuristic display technology? In the not-too-distant
future, the answer may be 'terminator vision'.
Let's face it, virtual reality was a
bit of a let-down. Convincing VR technology has yet to hit the
consumer market despite the teasing of science fiction from Star
Trek, through to Red Dwarf' and The Matrix. Those
headache and neck ache-inducing headsets from the 80s and 90s just
don't cut the mustard, and the Trekkies' long wait for their holodeck
seems set to continue for some time. Fortunately, consolation is to
be found in an emerging set of products centred on a related concept
called augmented reality, or AR. Rather than replacing the
world around us, AR promises to augment it by overlaying information
and making interaction richer.
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