Where they intersect could be an engrossing area -- with the visual and location-based aspect of augmented reality providing a real-time, real-place interface for the data being pumped out by objects. We’d be able to see not just whether a bus is behind a building but how many people are on it, whether it’s on time, where people are sitting on the bus, what the name of driver is and well, any other information you decided to put out there.
Currently AR is interesting, yes, but slightly random and patchy. With AR plus the Internet of Things, he could check out different temperatures in different parts of a building, track any given object or person and see or hear what was going on behind walls -- provided the right chips and sensors were in place.
It will allow us to engage much more deeply with what’s around us. Scanning down a street we could see which restaurants are full, which have seats, which shops have that game/coat we want in stock or where our friends are. Other applications for this engaging technology are likely to be games, or maybe training exercises because it’s engrossing and fast-moving.
14 Oct 2010