Is this year going to be the year for Augmented reality

This Year is going to be the year of AR.

Here at the end of 2012, we’re already getting a speedy adoption of Augmented reality technology. Portable gadgets like tablets, mini machines and smart phones are seemingly tailor-made for the new darling of the Information age.

So what’s AR? Well, AR (or ‘augmented reality’ to its friends), is largely the process of implementing computer created images and/or information onto real life descriptions (at the least the type of Augmented reality we are discussing here is, anyway, its an open-ended expression, so post your complaints in the comments section, please). AR might be applied to paper supplements (so that when the reports or pictures are watched on a phone app they spring to life and recommend additional content), street corners (like the app which will mention all important information pertaining to a restaurant, including reviews, menus and particular offers, just by holding your phone in the direction of the eatery itself) and even the night sky (yes, some AR apps will actually offer scientific statistics and Hubble telescope information on divine bodies and constellations as you look at them through your smart phone).

Augmented reality is coming in sync in a big way and make no mistake about it. Google Glass, a development announced by Google X Lab earlier this year, is one real example. Taking the form of a trendy set of spectacles, Glass users will walk down the street and access any information they see fit as they are doing so. They’ll even be capable of film their daily events, or take snapshots of everything as they happen. Reality might be re-shaped in real time by glasses; it is possible to even use them to generate video calls to loved ones. Google Glass will probably be offered to developers early next year and, by the start of 2014, will develop into commercially available, along with dozens of other exciting products of that ilk.

AR’s impression on home entertainment (especially games) will also be felt, but there can be far more ‘grown up’ uses for that technology in the pipeline. Versions of AR are already getting used to coach troopers, educate would-be surgeons and instruct firefighters in digital burning buildings. For those who do not have the money for a smartphone, Google Glass or the rest we’ve talked about, you’ll see the effects of AR on television sports casting (look at the real-time analysis overlaid on recent NFL games) and on store window promotion (disobedient high street chain Anne Summers pioneered a particularly unforgettable one earlier this year).

In 2013, with more money coming in from AR applications, video games and gadgets, we can anticipate a rapid enhancement of this technology. This means that by the end of next year, Augmented reality might be an inescapable fact of modern life. We expect AR to become a major selling point next year, with businesses offering an greater than before quantity of AR-ready mini games as accessories on a choice of devices and more Augmented reality apps being developed than at any time.

In the event you’re in training as a doctor, a soldier, a policemen or a fireman, the chances are that you’ll meet Augmented reality (if you have not already) in 2013. Certainly, this will not substitute the knowledge of dashing right into a burning structure, going into battle or performing complicated surgery (and it is not attempting to), but the possibility is there for more thorough and thorough training for specialists in these areas. In addition, it will not be long before CEO’s and managers are holding AR-infused meetings, during which the attendees can get into relevant information in real time, which will certainly beat a Powerpoint presentation any day!

In 2013, anticipate advertisements, newspaper supplements and smartphone games to include an increasing element of AR capability. AR is taking the fast track into our lives and 2013 will be a pivotal time for this.

Next year will be the most technologically progressive time in mankind’s story to date and, if that looks like an easy thing to say, consider the scale of this statement. Much like the Net before it, Augmented reality is set to make a big splash in our lifestyles and 2013 will be the the largest wave so far. Frankly, we can’t wait for it…

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