Although Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are too different animals at the moment, I think they should be combined in the future. As of now, VR is already ahead of AR, because many VR devices are being sold in the market. AR is still a concept pretty much, but luckily this concept actually got working devices in the work. So, AR isn’t a concept on paper, but it could be released to the market when it’s done being just a concept but a true working technology.
Both VR and AR require people to flap their hands as if they’re doing exercise or Tai Chi. Some people think this is tiring. Maybe using VR and AR won’t get you into shape, but it does require you to make your blood flows more than just typing quietly.
AR got the capability of visualizing real objects with enhanced fictional objects to create better understanding of a situation, event, and whatnot. I think surgeons could use AR to operate on patients better, because AR can employ AI to navigate the surgeon through a patient’s body and organs with smart information and visualization without having the surgeon to be cutoff from reality.
I would like to see a possibility of one small, slim device that could combine VR and AR together, and by doing so I think VR could serve as a platform for entertainment and AR for work. After all, VR could take you to a whole new place and block you off from the whole reality altogether. Anyhow, check out the video right after the break to see how people from a company known as Meta talk about their AR project. Enjoy!
Check out an awesome video on how hyper reality could become something in which we all will hook into in the near future. Of course, it’s possible for us to not hook into such augmented reality at all, because we have a choice of not wearing such accessories that allow hyper reality activities. All bets are off if they come up with implants that would allow you to easily install and remove from your body. It would be funny that even in your sleep they bombard you with annoying ads. Anyhow, check out the hyper reality in the video right after the break.
Imagine one day you can actually take a walk in the park with a girlfriend who only appears next to you in a holographic form, but people who take a glance at you both won’t notice that the girlfriend’s appearance is only of a hologram. Nonetheless, the girlfriend is real but she just projects herself in a holographic form so she can be with you even though she is miles away from your physical location. Will it be cool? Sure, but will we be able to accomplish something like that in the future? Probably, but we won’t know unless the future is already here, right?
Anyhow, for now, I guess it’s fun and challenging enough just to walk in the park with a fake girlfriend whose form is of augment reality. Obviously, augment reality will not allow normal people to see the same thing as you, because they too have to wear such augment reality gadgets and even then their augment realities may not be the same as yours. Now, I think having fun with your augment reality girlfriend is fun and naughty, but don’t go overboard or else you may live in your fantasy forever and won’t be able to make it back to the reality. Check out the video right after the break to see a man who takes a walk in the park with his virtual augment reality girlfriend. Enjoy!!!
Google Logo officially released on May 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Google glasses has yet to make an official debut, but I feel like this Google’s futuristic eyewear might become a boon for video games and fitness applications. Here is an idea for a video game using Google glasses. Imagining if you are going to do some boxing with a few friends. Instead of putting on real boxing gloves and get into the ring, you and a friend just need to put on the Google glasses, and the augment reality kicks in which transforms you and your friend into boxers. Of course, the Google glasses needs to turn you and your friends into boxers with real audience. Imagining the world can watch your friends and you best each other out with augment reality gloves in augment reality boxing matches, and when your a friend loses the fight, someone in the audience can actually challenge you to an augment reality boxing match (this person too must wear a Google glasses or else he would not be able to appear among the audience). The people in the audience can be anywhere in the world. OK, maybe this is probably going to be super hard to be implemented even for Google glasses, but what if it will be possible? Using the scenario above, one can imagine that someone will be able to create something like fitness video game or fitness training application too. Then again, everything about Google glasses is only now a hearsay, because people like us (not Google employees) have yet a chance to try it out and seeing its real capability — but I so wish that Google glasses technology will be able to allow app developers to create something like a boxing video game which I had a pleasure of describing and imagining above.
The image of Seattle being refracted through myopic glasses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Google envisions Google glasses which enhances users’ normal sight with computational information. For an example, when you look up and at the sky, the Google glasses might tell you the weather information. When you need to use a Google map, just speak out loud and the Google glasses will understand your natural language and pull up a Google map with complete direction. Turn by turn direction? Not a problem! Furthermore, Google glasses can even snap a picture and allow you to either do a voice chat or video chat with friends. How about email? Not a problem! So basically, you can do a lot by just wearing a Google glasses, and the only requirements you ever need are your own voice and the intelligence which understands the information that Google glasses digitally draws onto your normal sight. The video right after the break will demonstrate Google glasses concept. I don’t think this is yet a product, but it might be if Google dares to push this concept ahead.
Personally, I think Google glasses will be so distracting that I might get a headache from using it. Perhaps, if Google does it right, then Google glasses — if become the real product — might not be so bad. Nonetheless, just thinking about Google glasses and how the information might interfere my normal sight is rather giving me a headache already. Perhaps, if you can switch between normal sight and enhance sight mode, then it won’t be too bad all the time. In fact, if you can switch between normal sight and enhance sight, Google glasses might become a super useful eyewear. Additionally, I think Google glasses can also be very useful for teleconference type of meeting (i.e., more than two or three people meeting up virtually through the use of Google glasses)!
Oh, I can already here you say, can this be the next iPhone? I don’t see why not if in the near future people rather wear Google glasses than carrying around an iPhone. Then of course, Google glasses has to allow people dial the phone numbers through voice. Perhaps, with Google glasses, people might call each other up and see each other too if both users have their Google glasses on at the same time. Intriguing? How about the idea of playing games and using all types of apps with Google glasses? For this to work, Google might have to incorporate Kinect technology or similar technology into Google glasses. One thing which I’ve a hard time imagining is the large amount of sophisticated technology that will get cram into something as small as a Google glasses. Can Google do it? Obviously, we don’t know, but at least we can bet that Google has the cash and the brains to boldly go about figuring this one out!
Just an update to this post! I think Google glasses might take the argument of privacy to the whole new level. How come? If Google or anyone else has the access to how Google glasses stores information, that’s if Google glasses does stores what it sees, then there will be very little privacy one might has when using Google glasses. Perhaps, people who are interacting with you when you’re wearing Google glasses can get very uncomfortable since they might think that anyone who has access to your Google glasses (besides you of course) can actually spying on them as they are interacting with you either face to face or through the pipe of the Internet. This reminds us that hackers might love this kind of technology, because if without proper security, hackers can totally have a really close up and intimate kind of access to a Google glasses wearer and the people that interact with the Google glasses wearer. What do you think?
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Few movies had been made to tackle the idea of blending virtuality with reality in away that gamers could not discern the differences between reality and otherwise. Of course, I don’t think Microsoft is anywhere near in engineering such a feat, but I think they’re definitely onto something close to that. Perhaps, I’m wrong about how close or how far Microsoft’s research department has progressed toward such a goal. Still, it doesn’t matter, because the more they try, I guess it’s safely to assume that the more awesome there might be for such possibilities (i.e., technology) to come about and bring a host of benefits not only to gaming industry but to other industries as well. I think medical industry might reap great benefits from this kind of futuristic technology.
Microsoft goes far by implementing a technology which partly uses Kinect to either permanently or temporarily blend the augmented reality and virtuality onto physical coordinates. The projections of the augmented reality and virtuality can be applied on any surface. Microsoft’s research department were even able to projected augmented virtuality and virtuality onto a hand of a human. I’ve hinted before that this kind of technology might lead us to something much more awesome, but nobody knows for sure what that will be yet. What I can imagine is that by combining holographic technology and what Microsoft is working on now (i.e., the technology we’re talking about in this article) into the same environment can be even more dazzling.
I had written an article “Imagining The TV Of The Future, Don’t Laugh!” — this article proposes on why TV of the future might be very different in a way that users might be able to change the reality of the ongoing scenes inside the TV. The article also suggests how users might be able to project movie scenes into reality with no consequences whatsoever since the projections are digital and nothing more. The article also suggests the injections of either a personal avatar or oneself into the movie scenes as if virtual reality or augmented reality is happening. Perhaps, the article’s suggestions aren’t so outright nut, because Microsoft’s research department is doing something just as awesome!