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Chapter 44. Using Virtual Tours: Augment... > Features and Considerations

Features and Considerations

The possibilities are limitless for augmented-reality applications. One can imagine walking down a high street and having information pop up on your head-worn display advertising sales at the various stores you pass and providing some background information on opening times and merchandise available. As you walk past a movie theater, you might see the movies playing and their show times. Just as with the Internet world that we know today, some of the issues for the augmented reality worlds of tomorrow could well be related to information overload and the filtering of unwanted data. Although the technology may be able to handle movement and to keep the information superimposed on the correct object or place in front of the user, the main issue may be whether the user wants to see this additional data in the first place.

This technology could be the next generation of the Internet, helpingto move the digital world into our physical world, but the issues of privacy, security, and managing content will be magnified from what are now desktop issues into issues that may literally affect our entire view of the world. The likelihood is that the first applications of this technology will be in controlled settings where users want to augment their view with supplemental information in areas such as medicine, manufacturing, tourist spots, museums, and other welldefined spaces. Augmented commerce may be a bit further away.


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