Augmented Reality: A Nightmare in Disguise?

By on November 25, 2009
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The easiest way to describe Augmented Reality is how Iron Man looks at things. A camera takes the actual footage of the area around you and on top of that, adds information or graphics.

My recent interview with the CEO of NVIDIA got me thinking about Augmented Reality (AR)- a future where he thinks we’re headed. For those of you that don’t know, the easiest way to describe Augmented Reality is how Iron Man looks at things. A camera takes the actual footage of the area around you and on top of that, adds information or graphics.

For example, my daughter loves this app on my iPhone called “Fairy Trails” where the iPhone’s camera displays the surrounding area on the screen and on top of that, fairies fly around that you need to tap on to. So I literally have fairies flying in my back yard.

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That sounds like fun doesn’t it. Now imagine taking it a few years in the future where your device is connected to a high-speed network downloading continuos information on not just the buildings or objects in front of you but also people around you. I could simply point my iPhone towards a cute girl in the mall and get any publicly available details on her such as her name, her birthday or even her list of friends. Pretty creepy huh? Better watch out what you put on those Social Networking sites.


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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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