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Augmented Reality

In Pictures: Upcoming Technologies We Want Right Now
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Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

We've seen some augmented-reality applications already begin to take shape. But what if it was standard technology, embedded in your sunglasses? Wherever you went, whether it would be on foot, in an automobile, or even on a bicycle, you would receive information relevant to your surroundings. Need to find a local toilet? An augmented-reality device could show you where. Have you wandered too far in the woods? An enabled device could point you in the right direction, drawing an actual virtual road on the ground right beneath your feet. We previously reported on plans in the automotive market to install augmented-reality technology in windshields and rear-view mirrors. Connected to an onboard computer, the augmented-reality fields would display most of what you would find on a normal dashboard, along with weather conditions, distance to your destination, the distance to the next car, and more.

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