Your Augmented Reality Life: Coming Soon in 2020

By Smriti Rao | April 17, 2010 4:00 pm


Just a decade ago, our unsophisticated brains couldn’t even conceive of items like the iPhone–never mind the iPad. Starting with the premise that the unimaginable can quickly become ubiquitous, a group of designers, futurists, and journalists recently sat down in San Francisco to try and imagine our lives in 2020. They focused on how technology will impact social interactions, travel, commerce, healthcare, and the media.

The ideas came thick and fast. One idea for the future is a “Thingbook” that would take augmented reality to the next step. Designers imagined that the Thingbook would catalog and index every visible thing. So if you see someone on the street wearing a cool jacket that you’d like to buy, all you have to do is look at it and your mobile handset or AR-equipped eyeglasses will identify the object and look up the best price and retailer, writes design mind.

Other ideas included the Whuffie Meter, wherein you can immediately access everything public about a person who is sitting across from you, as well as the Bodynet, which would instantly compute the result of that big burger-and-fries lunch.

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Image: Designmind

  • Dave Elchoness

    We’re not there yet, but we are making great strides in Augmented Reality. My company’s product, Tagwhat, is in private beta. Tagwhat combines an on-line map driven experience, robust mobile AR, and social networking elements to create a first of its kind AR ‘create & share’ system. Basically, you create AR tags on-line or in the mobile. You attach media, etc. Then, you follow others in the system to merge their AR tags into your world. So if I follow Discover’s Tagwhat stream, I get its AR tags in my on-line map and mobile wherever in the world it has placed them. If Discover follows me, it gets my AR. What I’m describing is a way to get to AR 2020, where the web is everywhere and in everything around us and where we can create, share, and receive whatever information exists based on our preferences and interests.

  • Matt Trubow

    I don’t think we’re going to have to wait until 2020 to witness iterations in technology that far surpass the examples outlined in this article. One company, QderoPateo, is making massive leaps in image or ‘scene’ recognition. Not only will the phone’s camera be able to identify objects, it will also provide an interface for the user to communicate using gestures such as a smile or a wave.

    This new technology is called ‘Articulated Naturality’ and it’s the clever use of computer vision (optical recognition PTAM/PTAMM), artificial intelligence and ambient intelligence, delivered on a super-rich media device. Simply put, Articulated Naturality is what Augmented Reality is supposed to be.

    On the 23rd of April 2010 QderoPateo will unleash this renaissance in technology. If you want to know more you can read about it here…

  • Sarah Choi

    I’d like to say that actually few decades ago, there was already some imagination or expectation for this kind of things in some ‘comics’ specially some TV animation. It comes true!


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