Augmented Reality

I went to a conference a few weeks ago with an intent to learn more about coding since it is a hot topic in the school systems these days (and let’s face it, if it is a hot topic in the schools, it will typically creep out into the other worlds somehow so hot topics in education need not be ignored).  So, I went to the first session which was almost 2 hours and full of all sorts of wonderful things, including coding.

BUT THEN…

They started talking about Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Augmented reality.  I didn’t listen really the first time they mentioned it but by the time I heard these words for the third time in about a 4 minute time span, my ears perked up.  Then, my heart started racing and my eyes got wide and my brain started sparking.  This stuff is awesome and not only impacts education but seems to be being driven by it in a lot of ways, from what I am seeing.

Anyway, in this post I want to talk about Augmented Reality.  According to Dictionary.com, it is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.  Think Pokemon Go, which was really a big one to make augmented reality used more by the general population.  You hold up your phone to something and you “see” additional items appear on your phone as if they were there in the world in front of you.

So, I’m listening to all of this and a memory of a friend telling me about a talking wine bottle comes back to the front of my brain.  So, naturally, I had to go get a bottle as soon as the day was over.  Learn more about it at 19crimes.com but more or less, you download an app, hold your phone up to the bottle and the man on the bottle will talk to you and tell you about the crime he committed.  SOOOO COOOOL!

But let’s think past the coolness for a minute.  If they’re doing this with a wine bottle and we’re buying wine because it is SOOOOO COOOL, how can this impact every day living in the future?  Think of learning more about foods you are about to eat, getting a “living” business card, holding your phone up to a statue to learn more about its history, etc!  There happens to a video out there that shows what an augmented reality world could look like.  They took it a bit to a strange level and I wish they would have simmered it down a bit so it isn’t so freaky, but if this interests you, take a look.

Next step, I WANT TO MAKE IT!  And, lo and behold, I CAN!  With an app called Metaverse, I went in and very quickly learned how to create my own augmented reality experience.  Free and easy, this would be great for education and business! I intend to use it at next year’s BizCon in some way for sure.

Lots to learn about the future of Augmented Reality (AR).  It is predicted to be a bit more mainstream in the next 10 years or so.  Keep an eye on this one.  I see lots of potential.

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