Imagine taking a stroll on the surface of Mars, or learning to fly a helicopter at home. Well you can with Augmented Reality. Well amost…
Virtual Reality has been around since 1962, but 2016 will see a rush of new technology products to market, and they are improving all the time. So what is Augmented Reality?
Virtual Reality immersed us in a 3D-like movie experience, but Augmented Reality is the next big thing in Social Experience according the industry leaders. Google put its money on Magic Leap with a $542 million investment, making the Florida start-up a $2 billion company. Here is an eye-popping video they have produced recently.
The Big Question is, What Can We Do With It?
Mercedes began developing Augmented Reality Dashboard (heads-up display visible only to the driver on his windscreen in 2011. Now they are in their C-Class models. Hyundai did an AR Dashboard demonstration at the 2015 CES Expo. So this will become standard equipment in cars over the next few years.
For those of you not quite ready to leap into the future of AR, you can have your very own Leap Motion controller and get your feet wet with the technology at a price that won’t break the bank. These devices have been out for a few years now, but the software is still holding it back with poor responsiveness to gestures and design. They are improving with every new release.
There was great Sci-fi movie with the technology. Here is a trailer of the movie, Get your own on DVD Minority Report
While researching this article, I dug up this gem of a video by the father of Augmented Wearable Computing technology, Steve Mann. Take a look and maybe you will get a window into the mind of the man his peers call the modern-day Leonardo Da Vinci. Here is his Bio and a link to a TED Talk Mr. Mann did.
So What’s the Verdict!
Not everyone is ready to leap into the unknown universe of VR/Augmented Reality at this early stage, so I am just trying to show what is under development now and what we may expect. The devices I have chosen for you below are market-tested and receive good reviews, and they won;t break the budget.
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