The rise of Pokémon Go brought us into a new world; a world where augmented reality (AR) has been taken to new level. The entire world was taken by storm with the augmented reality app, Pokémon Go. This app was just the beginning; the future of AR holds so much potential that we are soon going to see this technology dominating every facet of life.
The future of technology lies in connecting humans more deeply with their surroundings rather than coming as a distraction from the real world that we live in. A great example of this comes in the form of Meta 2. This augmented reality headset makes it possible for a person to watch, feel, touch and even move the holograms shown in virtual gear. It is the closest possible thing that technology has brought to human reality.
An interesting fact to share here is that AR has its roots way back in the early 1960s. It was Auguste 28, 1962 when the first augmented reality based patent was granted to Morton Heilig, who is considered to be the “Father of Virtual Reality. He got the patent for Sensorama Stimulator, which he termed as an “experience theater”.
Five decades later and after so much advancement in technology, we are now closer than ever to the time when this augmented reality is going to completely take over other things. From urban exploration via navigation systems to virtual shopping, to exploration, travel and history, everything is going to come within the palm of your hands thanks to augmented reality. Just imagine how cool it would be to have the Eiffel Tower pop up right in your backyard whenever you want to explore it? Or perhaps getting the Taj Mahal in a school yard to take students on a field trip to explore the wonders of the world? Pretty amazing, no?
And that’s just not all! Augmented reality has found its way in almost every facet of life. Chris Grayson, an expert in AR technology, has this to say about the use of AR in safety and rescue operations:
“The enterprise space and government employees could see the first real-world benefits of AR. Emergencies are a fact of life, and first responders, police and firefighters often arrive at chaotic scenes and need to make sense of the environment and navigate a place they’ve never been. Wouldn’t it be cool if they could see a virtual map of the site or have “X-ray vision” to see underground water and power lines?”
According to another VR expert, Trak Lord who runs an AR company named Metaio, based in Germany,
“Augmented reality isn’t the absolute solution to everything, but it’s a start, making that pain point a little bit easier.”
So near, yet so far – there is so much that needs to be done when it comes to bringing augmented reality within the reach of a common man, but at the speed at which we are progressing, it won’t take long.
Just check out this amazing video from TED Talks, where Meron Gribetz talks about this augmented technology headset and how it is going to change the way we look at things around us!