Augmented Reality Glasses: This Changes Everything
I've been saying for a while that 2012 will be the year for this technology to finally take off. Not because of any mystical or conspiracy associations, but because Sony has mass consumer priced HD glasses debuting this year, several other companies are releasing transparent glasses, and Apple has something on the way soon (R&D has been ongoing for a few years).
Now Google? A Google X
project, the "secret lab" where +Sergey Brin
has been spending much of his time on experimental futuristic technology?
This is it, folks.The Universal High-Definition Personal Display
To reiterate my predictions, "mobile" is not
about small displays. Those will be obsolete within 2-4 years, along with every technology and handicap associated with them. The ridiculous societal cost of duplicated display screens everywhere is going away. We have a big screen TV at home (or several), monitors at home and work, laptops, tablets, pads, phones, portable gaming devices, and so on. All will be deprecated. They won't be as good, and they won't support the new apps.
All we need is a universal high-definition personal display device. A pair of glasses that can connect to any display source. Computing devices can be smaller and more powerful. Keyboards? Touchpads? Touchscreens? Gone
The human-computer interface will be reinvented. These displays suggest a fundamentally different interaction paradigm. Integrated cameras enable the entire visual field becomes a canvas for the hands. Voice will play a larger role. I imagine eye tracking and "eye gestures". Films like Minority Report allow us to imagine new ways of interacting. But many more will quickly emerge. The one thing we can predict is that we can not
predict the new interfaces, because most of them haven't been imagined yet.Pervasive Digitally Augmented Experience
We can't imagine the interfaces because we've barely begun to imagine how these devices will be used. It's easy to imagine an augmented reality version of Google Maps. But most seem to find that to be "out there" and too futuristic to happen any time soon. That's nothing. This is the first step of integrating computer-augmented capabilities with our own perception systems. Superhuman Cyborg Senses
Can the camera zoom in? Then so can your eyes. Can the hardware detect frequencies outside of normal human ranges? So can you. Radar? Sonar? If you'd like.Alter Perception, Alter Reality
What about reality - the part of it that you perceive? Would you alter it if you could? Would you play with pieces of it, overlaying something more interesting, beautiful or enriching? Would it be necessary to fix an expensive dent in a car, or even to have it painted at the factory, if perception could be altered instead? There's an app for that! Urban renovation in an ugly slum? $0.99 themes designed by artists. Mix and match throughout the neigborhood!It's bio-digital jazz, man. (Tron: Legacy)
Maybe you like your reality natural
. Ok. It may be possible to resist it until your death. You might even be able to find work that doesn't involve computer-assisted augmented productivity. Meanwhile, for your kids or grandkids, Siri will be an elf who lives in the oak tree in the front yard, scampering down the trunk and walking through the walls when summoned. Kids love
that app!The Merger of Meat and Machine
Computers will quickly become part of our personal hardware, redefining the self as part biology, and part machine. If this too philosophical and far-fetched to your un-retrained imagination, then just know this: this technology will change nearly everything about how we think about using computers. It will change how we work and how we interact with each other. The internet will be all around us in our everyday world. If you want to ride the coming wave of innovation, now
is the time to begin imagining what will be useful
in a world that can be experienced without biological limits.
This will all happen quickly. Once we can see
the future, there's no going back.
Link below is via +Singularity Utopia