You don't need Google Glasses to experience AR today, many smartphones have apps that can be held up to objects to let you find out more about them using graphics, audio or text. Yelp is a good example of such an app in use today. There's an app called Nearest Tube which I may try out later this week when I'm in London. and the Lonely Planet has already produced AR Compass Guides for 25 cities. I can definitely see the value of AR in museums, as visitors can learn more about the exhibits. Others point out the downside, however. If we are absorbed in the AR, will we still enjoy the direct experience, or will the technology become a barrier and get in the way? I love taking audio tours of art galleries, for example, but I'm not sure I'd like to look at all the paintings through apps or AR glasses.
What do you think? The Horizon Report has AR earmarked for mainstream adoption in schools within a few years. Do you think education is more likely to lead the way, or tourism? Are we more likely to see people walking around and pointing a smartphone or a tablet at an object and using apps for AR, or do you think that Google Glasses will soon make inroads into everyday life? One thing is for sure - it won't be long until we all find out.
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