Getting Ready For an Augmented World

Getting Ready For an Augmented World

Walking through the office hall you see coming a charming colleague from another department. You’ve seen her around, but you don’t remember her name.

Right at this moment, “Maria Rossi” flashes onto your field of view. -:”Goodmorning Mrs Rossi!”, you say smiling and she returns you again.

Back to your desk, you touch her name in the space in front of you and her LinkedIn profile appears in the environment around you. Surprised, you discover that she’s a big deal, very out of your depth. So feeling a bit silly, you drop the window on the left with the finger, deleting it.

Then you realize that is time to stop with fantasy and start working so you whisper the codeword:”Let me see the 2018 draft budget from marketing department! and after a while, it appears in mid-air as a magic in front of your eyes.

Immediately after you want to listen to music and say: ”Play again the last Coldplay track I was listening to before…”.

Alright, if these scenes seem like far-fetched, I’ll tell you that they aren’t so. Within a year or two, we’ll live in a virtual world based on video calls where AI and AR will be joined by a pair of glasses a bit different from the usual and our habits and behaviours won’t be the same anymore.

A few years ago Google prepared the way for a new technology world with its Google Glass, but without considering to be too much ahead of its time. 

Moreover, Google neglected some important details with the launch of its Smart Glasses, such as people privacy.

A radical change of society needs much time to modify people’s habits. But let’s go on to discover more about these new technologies.

Do you remember the first mobile music players? Going around with a wire hanging on your shirt or with the earbuds leaning from your ears looked pathetic at first.  Right now every smartphone owns a jukebox inside and Apple triggered everybody when got rid of the earphones jack from the iPhone declaring that wireless was the new trend!

The matter is that we are used to working with computers through 2D screens and keyboards, we are used to describing the environment around us with textual interpretations of things we see and hear. The same definition of information access and sharing with computing devices through human senses seems to be a strange concept.

Sooner this mindset will change in fact besides Google, high tech giants as Apple and Facebook, and others startups like Magic Leap are working hard to break the existing limit between humans and machine. The goal is to provide AI and AR to users towards smart glasses.

Whereas we are getting used to speaking with vocal assistants ad Alexa or Siri, I realize that this is a great step ahead. 

The fact that the first product on the consumer market is introduced by Snapchat is likely a good way to let users approach with these next-generation technologies. Last year people went crazy for Spectacles: fancy sunglasses by 130$ cost able to record video in 10 seconds with a 115 degrees field of view and upload them directly to matched smartphones.

If you want to share an experience or an event on Snapchat, all you have to do is just pushing a little button on Spectacles and your friends will enjoy it as well as you’ve done. The increasing popularity of Spectacles is a very sophisticated technology premonition with useful capabilities as well to be categorized definitely as the most important and powerful devices since the smartphones were born.

Google has just released a new G. Glass version for business applications. In November 2016 Bloomberg declared Apple was preparing its action to enter Smart Glass market, but likely this event will be at the end of 2018.

In October 2016, the Apple CEO Tim Cook asserted that AR places:“several hard technology challenges, but when the time will be right, it will be great and 

we will wonder how we’ve lived without smart glasses until now as well we’ve wondered for smartphones.

Well, we’d better get ready for a world without keypads, remote controllers, displays or TV screens, but for an “Augmented World”!


Giulia Giri