Augmented Reality: Are you Ready?

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 

https://youtu.be/WPB4EadWxw8

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. 

If you order, you will helping the running costs of this site with the small commission I receive. Thank you in advance for supporting this site. And if you do buy the Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality Headset post your comments on it and I will publish them.

 

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Samsung Gear RV - Virtual Reality Headset
Samsung Gear RV – Virtual Reality Headset

8 thoughts on “Augmented Reality: Are you Ready?

  1. Michael, another home run, I always enjoy coming back to visit your site and see what’s new in technology and what’s to come. I found this article particularly interesting. I am seriously thinking about getting the Samsung Gear RV – Virtual Reality Headset after watching the video. I will be back to give you my feedback on this product. Thanks again for all you do.
    Bob

    • Hello Bob, Your comments and loyalty to the site are always appreciated. It also hows me the site is on the right track building repeat visitors like you with articles that are of interest. There are more amazing articles on the way in 2016.

  2. Hey Michael,

    I very much enjoy learning about new technology and this definitely seems like a place to do that. I like the post and I am sure I will be back for more updates on new technology. I have to be totally honest though, I couldn’t do the Steve Mann 24 minute Ted talk video, I only got about halfway. I know he is brilliant but would not say he is a public speaker. Interesting and informative. Keep up the great work.

    • Hello Stephen, thanks for the valuable feedback. The Steve Mann video has been relegated to a text link and his bio, as I do agree, he is a brilliant man, but a public speaker, he is not. Thanks for dropping by and being an encouragement.

  3. Hi Michael,
    This is like a geek’s candy store! I can’t wait to stuff my face full of all this stuff!
    Unfortunately, I don’t have the bandwidth on my commute to look at the videos. Maybe a bit of a technical synopsis would help? Like a few points on things like price, availability, screen resolution, etc? What do you think?
    Kind Regards,
    Michael

    • Hi there Michael! I will use some lower bandwidth video and smaller screen size, as has been suggested by others.
      It’s interesting, we were discussing doing comparisons with pricing and specifications.
      It’s a great suggestion and since it is your site, we will be taking your suggestion seriously.
      Look for the makeover site soon. Thanks for a great suggestion.

  4. Really cool article on Augmented Reality. It is still too new of a trend for a lot of people to understand what it is, so this offers a great explanation. I looked into the Samsung Gear RV but sadly, no iPhone support (obviously). I think Augmented Reality is more than a trend. I see it becoming a valuable educational tool as well. I’m looking forward to seeing how this technology develops in the future.

    • Hi Kris, you are so right it’s much more than a trend. You saw the car manufacturers, but the military have been using AR/VR for tactical simulation training for decades. I also see them being used in early childhood development: to develop hand-eye coordination and critical thinking skills. The possibilities are endless.
      Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to see more helpful comments at your next visit.

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