Gizmodo pretty much sums up the cool factor of this augmented reality app perfectly: “Holy crap. Sometimes do you almost pinch yourself, because you just can’t believe you’re witnessing such creations in your lifetime? Word Lens, which uses augmented reality to translate things in front of you, has given me that exact feeling.”
Here’s the video:
It’d be even better if they had more languages and if it worked on more than just the iPhone, don’t you think?
Thought I’d post this in case you hadn’t heard about Antoine Dodson’s latest gig. He’s promoting a new augmented reality app that lets you see if anyone around you is a registered sex offender (sidenote: Is there anyone out there that doesn’t still think this tech is a little mind-blowing? Tell me I’m not alone).
It got me thinking about all the crazy new careers that have come about over the last few years because of the Internet. I mean people can literally make a living off of being Internet personalities! Do you think Antoine could have become so famous from a 2 minute news spot ten years ago? I doubt it!
Today I saw a couple of videos about augmented reality over on Phathom (which is an awesome site, btw) and thought I’d add to the discussion with a couple more. The first video is by Keiichi Matsuda (who is also featured in the post on Phathom), and it’s a stunning prediction of the future. In Matsuda’s vision we’ll have the power to view information wherever and whenever, and interact with our surroundings in ways we’re only beginning to now.
This next video is an example of one of those ways augmented reality is already being used:
This Tissot augmented reality display lets potential customers “try on” watches before they buy them. It’s a similar idea to the digital mirrors some cosmetic companies are installing, that let customers snap a photo of themselves and then apply make up to it, so they can test out colors and products without actually putting them on their skin.
Technology is evolving us and making us see our surroundings and relationships in different ways. Pretty soon I’ll tell you about the new gadget that’s going to speed things up even more so stay tuned…