Augmented Reality: The Time to Shine is Now

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Currently, there are several different technological revolutions underway. Whether we look at manufacturing practices, robotics, nanotechnology, medicine, virtual reality, entertainment or a range of other areas, change is occurring and occurring at a surprisingly rapid pace. These different areas of development are, in fact, influencing one another and helping to spur additional developments.

Much like 3D printing, augmented reality is at the heart of many of these developments. The potential for augmented reality is simply massive. Today we can see these developments are already making their presence known. It is truly only the beginning.

Let’s briefly explore augmented reality, what it is and where it may be headed. There can be no real doubt that the future of augmented technology looks to be a very bold and bright one.

What Exactly is Augmented Reality?

Technology is moving faster than ever. As a result, many people are left wondering what different technological terms mean. Augmented reality is no exception. While many of us have a vague notion of what augmented reality might be, what is it exactly? Augmented Reality

Computer-generated sensory input is added to a variety of mediums to quickly distill and deliver information of virtually any kind or type. To date, computer generated information has largely been delivered via video or sound augmentation, added graphics, GPS data or other information.

One key reason that so many people are so excited about augmented reality is that it is poised to touch on a wide array of areas. The reach of augmented reality seems to have almost no bounds, but instead has applications and implications for everything from architecture, art and construction to commerce, gaming, industrial design, entertainment and the workplace. The bottom line is that augmented reality stands to impact almost every aspect of how we receive information. Ultimately, that means augmented reality will impact every part of our society.

Bringing the Information to You

Augmented reality depends on a carefully executed synthesis of hardware and software. The desire to bring to life what was once only seen as the stuff of science fiction is nothing new. But previously, there were problems in marrying software and hardware in just the right way. Today, we have reached the point where augmented reality solutions have become decidedly “sexier,” more fluid and more efficient at delivering information.

The Smart Revolution

Key hardware components in augmented reality include a computer process as well as a display, sensors and input devices. The augmented reality dream has, of course, been made infinitely easier, thanks to the development and wide scale deployment of smart phones and smart devices.

These devices have such necessary augmented reality components and tools as GPS, built in camera, accelerometers and other information gathering and processing tools built in. In short, the rise of the smart phone and tablet has helped augmented reality take a massive leap forward.

Sleek and Sexy

Distilling and delivering information to users in a streamline, intuitive and fast manner has always been a key part, and a stumbling block, in the augmented reality dream. However, now that problem has been solved.

Gathering information has historically been one part of the problem. Another major part of the problem has been taking processed information and then effectively and efficiently delivering that information to users. The right kind of display technologies is an essential need in the process of bringing augmented reality to the masses. The introduction of sleek and sexy display options has helped to accelerate the process.

Google Glass and Head-Mounted Displays

Google-glassHead-mounted displays positioned inside helmets, for example, are now able to quickly display information to users. Through head-mounted displays and eyewear, such as Google Glass, it is possible for users to see visual information displayed or even aligned with their real world surroundings. The implications are very exciting and could get even more exciting.

It is now possible to have the real world and the virtual world blend with greater and greater efficiency right before a user’s eyes. Augmented reality imagery can be projected onto the surface of Google Glass or similar devices.   Yet, as bold and exciting as this step is, the future could a radical departure from our current augmented reality options.

Big Augmented Reality Changes Just Around the Corner

Augmented reality contact lenses might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but the facts are that technology is moving very, very rapidly here in the early 21st Century. All one has to do is look at the recent advancements in augmented reality contact lenses. These contact lenses have built in integrated circuitry, LEDs and more. The potential for industry and entertainment are, of course, very impressive.

Like augmented reality contact lenses, virtual retinal displays also allow for information to be quickly sent to users in a free and fluid fashion. Through virtual retinal, the display is scanned onto the retina of a users eye. The end result is that images can be made to appear to float in front of the viewer.

Again, just a few years this would have seemed like magic. Yet, the deployment of this kind of technology could actually be just a few years beyond Google Glass.

Every Aspect of Society Will Feel the Impact 

The hardware and the software to drive the hardware both seem to be present and developing rapidly, but what does all of this mean for the future? Augmented reality has the potential to touch every aspect of our society. In commerce, consumers could see inside customizable versions of objects appear before them, and that is merely one example.

 A Bold New Approach to Education

In education, study material could seem to come to life in a way that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Imagine a child who is studying dinosaurs see moving examples appear in the air next to him or her, or the medical school student not just reading about the inner workings of the heart, but instead seeing the different layers and inner workings of the heart come to life in great detail. In short, augmented reality could not only boost the speed at which we learn, but could lead to the saving of lives.

Augmented Reality and Medicine

The possibilities for augmented reality in the medical field are nothing short of tremendously exciting. Through augmented reality, doctors and health experts can peer inside the body. This is not the future, but is instead happening to an extent right now.

Augmented reality can provide surgeons with invaluable information while they operate. Timely and instantly updated information, especially during an operation, saves lives. Through augmented reality innovations, such as Google Glass, it is possible for surgeons to operate in an entirely new way.

Expect a Rapid Blending of Augmented Reality with Reality

The entertainment industry, video game industry, military and office environments can all expect to see augmented reality to play a key role in how information is processed, used and ultimately digested by end users. Ultimately, the future of augmented reality is now. For example, Google has recently patented a built in projector for Google Glass.

The innovations will keep coming and the speed at which they come will not slow down. Augmented reality will blend its way into television, movies, video games, GPS systems and every aspect of our lives. In the end, the line between reality and augmented reality may become extremely difficult to differentiate between. This point is, of course, both exciting and somewhat unnerving just the evolution of technology itself.

At Brad Gatewood Consulting, we find the most cutting edge developments to be thrilling. That’s why our team stays abreast of all advancements so we can pass the benefits on to our clients.

When you need informed technology experts, contact Brad Gatewood Consulting. We look forward to hearing from you.