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[CNN] Augmented Reality: Evolution of the Hyperlink?

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http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/07/02/d...ity/index.html



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Augmented reality (AR) -- or the "real world Web" -- has been listed by research firm Gartner as one of the most disruptive technologies companies could face over the next few years. The possibilities of AR are impressive.

During a heart transplant, identifier labels can be superimposed over the valves and chambers of a beating heart. On airplane factory floors, AR visors help electricians navigate complex mazes of wiring. Military minds dream up darker uses of AR.

Early on, consumer products might be predominantly entertainment-oriented, available not just on cell phones but also handheld gaming and other devices.

For instance there's the "magic book" idea, where every page can host a virtual 3-D pop-up that's viewable through a visor.

Or "AR tennis," where a virtual tennis court is superimposed on a real table and you view the action through your cell phone screen. The "racket" is your cell phone, which you wave through the air to hit the virtual ball. (Just don't topple your beer with your backhand.)

Offerings similar to these might reach store shelves within a year or so, believes Blair MacIntyre, who directs the Augmented Environments Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, which devised the cemetery experiment.

But it will be some time before you can "click on people," or stand on a street corner and look at an augmented world through your phone or visor.
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They better not "click on" me because I am no icon. I'm a human being. I will not be clicked on by anyone.
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That is very cool.

I remember talk about this being used a lot for air force pilots, so they could just look to their left or right, and see the target. Though this sounds like a much cooler and more advanced application.
    
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Originally Posted by losttsol View Post
They better not "click on" me because I am no icon. I'm a human being. I will not be clicked on by anyone.
*clicks on the 'quote' button in reference to you* Heh.

You can always get a pop up blocker installed, I'm sure.

~~~

This looks really nifty indeed. Hopefully they get this done so they can start working on direct-to-brain transmission of the data.
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I've heard of barcode stickers that people place on objects in the city. Take a picture of the barcode and send it to specific site, it will provide you a wiki entry.

AR could be achieved by intertwining with RFID and GPS more....
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Yes, now they can sell AR visors along with Bluetooth ear sets. Maybe they can find something we can stick in our noses as well.
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Very interesting, but i'm not sure how long we will be waiting for this one.
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ive been imagining this for sooo loooooong...
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His power level is over 9000!!!

I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself.

I think this is one of those things that almost everyone could benefit from.
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His power level is over 9000!!!

I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself.

I think this is one of those things that almost everyone could benefit from.
lol nice


also who cant wait for themselves to em driving there car with theses things and then BSOD brings crash to a new level lol!
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