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In my previous two posts I discussed how hardware, software and services come together to deliver augmented reality experiences. Many AR apps are designed to perform specific functions within specific contexts. For instance, an app designed to provide enriched information about an art museum exhibit is only of use when visiting that particular exhibit and would otherwise be of little or no value outside of that context. Furthermore, it would detract from the art if the visitor were being constantly bombarded by AR throughout their tour of the exhibit. In this example the AR experience should be triggered at certain places in the exhibit and disappear at other times. So how does an app know when to perform its intended function? In this post I will be discussing the different ways by which an app can understand context and thus trigger the intended AR experience or content. Read More →

In the minds of many, augmented reality began with Google Glass. But that is far from the truth. AR has been evolving since the 1950’s. This evolution has come in the form of incremental advances in thought and technology. In this entry, I recount many select events that I find to be important to this evolution. Like the evolution of all technologies, advances were slow at first but then began to build on each other more rapidly. This, in turn leads to more parties getting involved and more resources being thrown at solving the problems. Today, the advancement curve is just beginning its rapid ascent and is on the cusp of major acceleration as big tech companies start significantly investing in AR. This is surely the dawning of a new age. This survey is by no means a complete accounting. What events have I omitted that you find to be important? Read More →

In my previous post, I explored the many definitions of augmented reality and what it means to persons with different perspectives. In this post I have set out to couch augmented reality in the context of other related concepts in order to further define the space where it exists and better understand the distinction between AR and these related terms. Read More →

I think the most appropriate way to kick off the Augmera blog would be to define augmented reality. Not so long ago augmented reality was a term relegated to the geekier corners of technology academia. But if you were to chart its public awareness, you would see a steep rise over the past 18 months that continues to build thanks to Google Glass and the many other companies that are stepping up to the challenge of commercializing it. Many people have an idea of what AR is, but few people have a vision for what it can be. Rather than attempt to define the term myself, I have set out to examine definitions offered by others: Read More →

I have been a technologist by profession since 1998 and a futurist for as long as I can remember. Of course no one pays me to study the future and make predictions about it, but I’ve always gladly preached my ideas to anyone who would listen about how technology will shape society and in turn, how society will shape technology. Read More →