The term wearable augmented reality is not new. In fact, the concept has been around for a while. But it came to the forefront in 2021 when the government started handing out Smart Chip implants to U.S. soldiers. They called the device “kinetic information interface” and it was nothing more than a pair of glasses that incorporated electronic circuitry onto the lens. This technology is completely applicable to wearables. Here’s why.
Imagine being able to enter a building, street, or even an airport without stepping out of your own skin. No longer do you have to carry bulky, heavy, display-blocking, eye-wear to accomplish these tasks. Thanks to the advance of wearable augmented reality software, any type of wearable could become your eyes, ears, mouth, fingers, and even hands. With just a glance, the world around you could be instantly transformed into a virtually realistic environment.
Imagine being able to talk to a friend inside of a building. Or being able to surf the Internet wirelessly, no headset required. And thanks to the advance of wearable augmented reality software, anyone can take advantage of this amazing technology. Just by using a handheld computer like a tablet PC or smart phone, users are able to integrate their real world environment with the virtual world that they are immersed in.
By combining wearable augmented reality with GPS/RFID technologies, you can receive location information, or even track your baggage or locate your car with the push of a button. With the help of the latest GPS/RFID technologies, consumers can be instantly connected to the people and places around them. By reading the data from our global positioning system, individuals are able to see where they are within a certain area, how fast they are running, or exactly where someone is located.
While advances in wearable augmented reality technology will continue to improve this technology is quickly moving into the mainstream. Already this technology has been used by the airline industry to make it possible for passengers to check in via their cell phones. This method would work for any type of flight. Soon this technology will have a big impact on how the general public interacts with their personal technology devices.
With new mapping technologies, consumers will soon be able to receive maps and traffic information directly on their cell phone. In the future, these phones may include technology to share the information with pedestrians, commuters, and drivers along the way. The sharing of this information would be beneficial to both consumers and businesses. For consumers it would allow them to stay safe while driving and avoid accidents. For businesses this would greatly reduce costs associated with traffic congestion and traffic jams.
One of the biggest advantages to using wearable augmented reality is that it creates an illusion of being where you are not. Imagine walking through a grocery store and not being able to physically see all of the items on the shelf. By simply wearing this device around your neck, you will be able to look at the items on your virtual display and make a judgment about whether or not they are what you want to buy. By using this technology while shopping in a mall, you can avoid paying full price for a product because you were not looking at all of the stores. This device will eventually replace the human shopper completely and allow shoppers to make purchases on-the-go.
The potential applications of wearable augmented reality are almost endless. If you can imagine something feasible for this technology, you have probably already figured out how to implement it. Keep in mind, however, that this technology does have its drawbacks. It is still early days, before this technology is available to the general public. There are many more hurdles to clear before this technology becomes widely utilized by consumers.