Augmented Reality Technology and Communication
The video below represents a new cutting-edge technology that again, reshapes our communications and challenges our control over how we communicate. We could say first there was virtual reality. Then there was Minority Report. Now there is Augmented Reality (reality augmented by technology with communication tools built on the web and displayed through a “window”…in this case, the window being an iPhone).
Before you watch the video though, take a moment to read my considerations on the impact of a new technology such as Augmented Reality.
It’s been pretty amazing- being able to track the journey of our two friends, technology and real life. Together, they’ve set a new path for future generations, across the world. Interaction with technology is becoming less of a real life-to-technology “option,” and more of a real life-and-technology culture. The difference is stunning, with technology’s precedence in our communication patterns growing.
Technology, with its significance and affectations, appears lighter or weightier depending on how involved you are with our current youth. Many parents with middle school and high school aged children know too well how a real life-and-technology culture creates awkward pains as our control over our method of communication changes. As a culture, we’re still figuring it out. More than 1/2 the people I talk to aren’t really sure even what to do with sites like Twitter. Is your TV your computer or your computer your TV? Overlap of technology and communications is confusing.
At this point in our developing relationship with technology, we must inherit a strategy to approaching whichever technologies settle down into the mainstream. A lot of confusion is caused when many of our typical mainstream users actually are exposed to and get their hands on cutting-edge-technology because of how accessible it is on the web. Until the technology becomes widely accepted, available, and explained we’re going to have friction with the way we interact with technology as individuals and as families.
This is a video of the first beta version of TwittARound – an augmented reality Twitter viewer on the iPhone 3GS. It shows live tweets around your location on the horizon. Because of video see-through effect you see where the tweet comes from and how far it is away.