Okay, call me a futurist but I am really excited about where augmented reality is headed. As with many things, the imagined applications of it are endless, but first it’s got to get over some initial hurdles. Some hurdles are with the tech, of course, but another is mass adoption. Not to be confused with virtual reality, which is the complete escape of normal reality into a synthetic fantasy world. Augmented reality is when phones or glasses add things to your actual environment like directional cues, information about a business, or pokemon to catch.
What Will Reality Be?
How do you predict the future?
There are many ways, of course, but here are two which seems to work well for some things:
- You take something that currently exists today and extend it out in the future, then think about that world, for example, right now, there are a few autonomous vehicles out there – you just think of a time when all vehicles are autonomous, because it will happen, we just don’t know when. All you have to do then is think about that world, to project your mind into a world where all vehicles are autonomous. What kind of world will that be?
- You look at the past and look for repeating patterns. Find a pattern, a cycle which has repeated itself over time, then apply that pattern to a new domain, which should reveal the next logical step in that domain.
Here is how I see things in the “reality” space.
The Oculus Rift is finally on sale, well on pre-order, for about $600. You need that, plus a fairly high-end gaming PC in order to take full advantage of the full experience. If it’s as good as they say it is (I’ve been in a number of places where the line to try it out was so crazy long that I never had the time to try it myself) then I’m sure that it will be awesome. So everyone is talking Virtual Reality as the next hot space, and that it’s a complete game changer. Personally, I don’t think so, VR is actually the precursor to a new form of Augmented Reality.
Tomorrow Is Now
If I had a nickel for every time I heard “It used to be that the big eat the small, now the fast eat the slow” I’m sure that I’d be in the ranks will Bill Gates and Mark Cuban. Of course, it’s been repeated so often that it feels like it just some hoary old catch phrase that you see on listicles on LinkedIn of “10 Phrases You Should Really Stop Using, Like Right Now”