Thursday, December 10, 2015

Augmented reality will kill the screen

While it's not exactly what I had in mind when I say "get rid of the TV," augmented reality brings new possibilities. Check this out:

Big pushers of tech want to get rid of TV, computer, and even smartphone screens. Instead, you would wear unobtrusive (you would think one day they would be, anyway) glasses that would project digital images in front of you. Through augmented reality, you would see the actual world with overlaid imagery and probably information that the device is receiving from other "smart" objects. Microsoft's HoloLens is one current example of this approach, in basic theory if nothing else.

What are the implications of this? Well, I can think of a couple of things.

-I can envision creating art in otherwise empty air. Brush strokes of vivid color and abstract shapes. Maybe sharing it with others who are also viewing through AR.

-This is going to change how the interiors of buildings are designed. These screens are the central point of several rooms in homes and offices. What happens when they are gone? Open space? Will this mean bold new architecture?

-So what will we do with all those old flat screens that were once so sacrosanct? Oh fickle and fugacious media! Here's an idea: use the frames of those flatscreens to create solar panels. 

There. Something that was once polluting the mind is now helping to better our environment.

Hey somebody get me one of these AR headsets for Christmas. Please?

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