Saturday, April 27, 2013

Google Glass, Augmented Reality, & Wearable Computing

The concept of “augmented reality,” in which digital information overlays the natural sensory experience of the user, seems to be gaining traction in Silicon Valley as a driving force behind a new breed of personal electronic devices.
Photo credit: Antonio Zugaldia     (CC BY 2.0)
Andy Clark explores the potential for this technology in his 2003 book Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence, writing that the use of these “digital resources to enhance our ordinary daily experience of the world and to provide new means of physical-virtual interaction is likely to play a major role in the next decade” (53). Whether such products end up being as game changing—or as commercially viable—as the corporate execs and tech gurus behind them hope they will remains to be seen.