The Future of Augmented Reality
By Eva Koster
With the recent release of Google Glass causing a stir amongst techies everywhere, the topic of augmented reality, or infinity augmented reality as it is known in some circles, is hot on everybody’s radar.
Recent revelations in the media have given the public cause to fear we are living in a Big Brother society, as hackers in Russia have been found to be getting live images from webcams, CCTV systems and even baby monitors. Despite this, augmented reality continues to be on the rise. The phenomenon uses a computer-generated image over a user’s view of the world, thus giving the user a composite view, while ‘infinity’ augmented reality lets many devices connect at once.
At present, the practice is traditionally associated with gaming, however there is no end to its potential. We could soon see augmented reality being used to help children’s learning, improve apps and even prevent disease. Here are three bold predictions for augmented reality in the coming years.
Moving into its gaming market, augmented reality is now being considered by leading bookmakers as the way forward for betting. It is said that games developers like the team at Gaming Club want to embrace the real world environment as created by augmented reality. Enon Landenberg, CEO of AR Technology, said, “Infinity AR will provide a real world environment for the online gaming user that he could never have imagined before. The innovations of AR technology have evolved from visionary to reality and our implementation platforms are perfect for this medium.”
Earlier this month in Singapore, Gardens by the Bay launched their own interactive mobile app for visitors to join interactive trails, play games and more while they make their way around the botanic gardens. The app, available in English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and Japanese, will use GPS to follow the user around the tourist attraction and will use augmented reality to help players explore ‘hidden’ locations. As one of the many apps developed by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the app, along with augmented reality in itself, could be instrumental in children’s learning.
This is one of the most controversial claims of the future of augmented reality, but with other methods to stop the disease causing just as much of a stir, it is only fitting that technology should have a go. With Ebola screening currently taking place at Newark, Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Washington airports, there is every reason why the thermal imaging devices on smartphones should be used with augmented reality to help detect fever. By detecting spikes in temperature by just looking at travelers, the technology could be instrumental in stopping the spread of the deadly disease.
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