Dispatches from Day 2 at ARE2012
Steven Feiner (Columbia University) “Over and Out: Thoughts about the Future”; Jeffrey Powers (Occipital) “Retinal overlays: Should we even bother?”; Anselm Hook (Ookko) “Seeing value with Augmented Reality”
I was introduced to AR through Steve Feiner’s 2002 Scientific American article, “Augmented Reality: A New Way of Seeing.” He’s been in this game for a long time – researching and developing mobile AR for 16 years. And yet, he pointed out, he’s a recent arrival to the scene: altogether, we have 45 years of AR research behind us. AR is NOT new.
We know AR’s past. What does the future hold?
In the near term, it’s “probably not going to be Google Glasses”, with a tiny screen placed in a corner of the user’s field of vision. Feiner underscored that we need full glasses (many of which are already on the market) to cover our wide fields of vision. The longer term? Probably implants. With cameras that are always on. (Remember that part…)
Tracking will likely be collaborative, drawing on a user’s history, mapping it to a database, and then making educated guesses manifested in “interesting information” sent to the user in the space she’s occupying. For example, when you walk down this street on Fridays at 4pm, you’re usually going to the wine store. Want to know the vintages on special today? The database will concurrently be updated with information (images) taken from the user’s glasses.
Users… will be everyone.
As a result, we’ll have always updating street views. Not a couple of years old, but a couple of seconds old.
Ultimately, and this is where it gets scary, or exciting, depending on your perspective (age?), we will have created the ultimate social network. Anyone wearing glasses (which will need cameras) will be recording what’s going on around them, including your activities, regardless of whether or not you’re wearing glasses. And that information will be available to the world.
So forget Facebook. Regardless of how you feel about social networks, you’ll be in one.
- Kevin, are2012