Another week of exciting new in the world of augmented reality. This week we have Bluetooth bringing a game changer, AR drones helping with disaster relief and the new 3D camera to blow you away.
Bluetooth came in and changed the way we interact with our devices. A wireless connection has given us the ability to erase wires and add space. Now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, a nonprofit organisation that has overseen the development of Bluetooth standards since 1998, released a new feature. Direction finding, which Bluetooth has already been used for, coupled with a smartphone can accurately pinpoint where another Bluetooth object is, down to the centimetre. What does it mean in AR? Improvement of indoor navigation, finding your way around anything from a supermarket to an airport, and even locating individual items on a shelf.
Drones have had their fair share of negative attention. Drones can surely be a nuisance in the wrong hands, but there have also been positive applications in drone usage, rescue drone technology being one of them. For instance in disaster-relief situations, when the time is running, and access is difficult, it is risky or straight up dangerous to act in the given situation. Having a drone fly over the area, collect geospatial data and overlaying it in a video feed, will give responders a way to see the situation evolve in real-time and make the right decisions in the heat of the moment.
Another lunge for Apple into the realm of AR comes with the launch of iPhones yet-more-powerful 3D cameras next year. The camera is designed to scan the environment, creating a three-dimensional reconstruction of the real world. It will enrich augmented reality experiences on iPhones with enhanced depth perception and placing of virtual objects. Next year also being one step closer to the release of Apple’s AR glasses, the future of AR will soon enough unfold in front of us.
With AR having put its name on the map last year for many, we are still not seeing the full capacity of AR. It's a fact that current infrastructure is not robust enough to support what is needed for the mass adaption of AR. This is why many are investing in the AR cloud. AR cloud is a 3D virtual map that is overlaid on the real world, where information and experiences are tied to specific physical locations — basically searching the internet in real time. A shift in technology needs to occur, and we will need to dramatically rethink how the internet is built; the infrastructure of the internet has to change. But the world won’t be digitally mapped overnight. Many a tech giant has made significant investments in the current, centralised infrastructure but adaptment is still to happen, technologies still to advance before we see the full blown impact of AR, which will occur in a very near future.
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