“Augmented reality, or AR, is a succinct name for a phenomenon that’s beginning to make its mark on the world, and which some observers expect to be widespread in a decade,” Anthony Doesburg writes for The New Zealand Herald.
“AR does for the real world what VR, or virtual reality, did for the denizens of computer labs,” Doesburg writes. “Whereas VR created real-seeming realms that existed only in silicon, AR starts with the world around us, adding to it information specific to a particular location.”
Doesburg writes, “The devices that will bring AR to the masses are cellphones with built-in GPS receivers and digital compasses. So far there aren’t many such handsets available; the best-known is Apple’s newest iPhone, the 3GS and the HTC Hero, which uses Google’s Android software.”
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Doesburg continues, “Pointing the camera down Paris’ Champs Elysees, with the precise location fixed by the GPS and compass, a service provider could overlay the names of landmarks visible in the camera image. Already, applications like Yelp and Wikitude do exactly that, to the excitement of the user community.”
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