Implementing Augmented Reality

Ok, it’s the 21st Century, we’ve got location-aware supercomputers in our pockets (they’re called phones), we’re rapidly developing the technology to take whatever information we care about and overlay it onto our views of reality.

We can do unbelivably cool stuff. Hell, we can do AR tattoos:

So why the hell are we still squinting at tiny screens on tiny phones? Phones do bloody everything, but they as physical interfaces, they’re dire.

Here’s what I want (and it’s bloody obvious):

And that’s it. My phone can live in my pocket, and only get taken when I need to poke it*. The display is all of the phone that I actually need.

Here’s how much I want this:

Yup, that guy is duct-taping a phone to his head to get this effect.

What’s going to make this work? Separation of functions. Yup, I know, everyone seems to think that chucking every function into one device is a great idea, but consider the Oakley Thumps. They’re ok sun glasses, and ok music players, but ok isn’t good enough these days. It’s got to be awesome, whatever it is. For glasses to work as displays, they’ve got to be glasses, so comfortable, light, utterly minimal. Otherwise you get this:

or:

So glasses hold the bare minimum hardware, display and camera, combined with bugger all else. Deliver next year, pls.

* – yes, combine this with eye-tracking to control the phone via heads-up menus. I’m going to be grumpy and still want a physical keyboard for typing more than a tweet, but even that doesn’t need to be on the physical phone itself.

9 thoughts on “Implementing Augmented Reality

      1. Exactly.

        Also, having worn both, I’d go for glasses over contacts. Contacts need to be kept annoyingly clean and the USB connectors are really uncomfortable.

  1. Also, they’d need a Bluetooth / Zigbee transceiver. And a battery.

    (Unless you had an inconvenient lead linking sunnies to phone).

    Plus, they’d either need a flip visor, or an OLED that offers near perfect light transmission with no artefacts caused by the wires/leds.

  2. Also, what’s so clever about the AR tattoo? It’s a video of a computer graphic that moves around with the guys tattoo. I could have done that on a ZX Spectrum.

    Ok, so maybe an upgrade to a Commodore 64 would have been needed. But nothing more

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