Is this year about to be the year for AR

2013 is going to be the year of AR.


Now near the end of last year, we’re already getting a speedy support of Augmented reality tech. Portable devices just like tablets, mini consoles and smart phones are seemingly tailor-made for the new darling of the Information period.


So what is Augmented reality? Well, AR (or ‘augmented reality’ to its friends), is essentially the process of using CPU created images and/or information onto real life images (at the least the kind of Augmented reality we are talking here is, anyway, its an open-ended phrase, so post your complaints in the comments section, please). Augmented reality might be functional to newspaper supplements (so when the articles or images are watched through a smart phone application they jump to life and offer added content), street corners (much like the application which can bring up all relevant information pertaining to a restaurant, including comments, menus and exclusive offers, just by holding your smart phone in the direction of the eatery itself) and also the night sky (yes, some Augmented reality apps will actually offer scientific statistics and Hubble telescope information on heavenly bodies and constellations as you view them on your phone).


Augmented reality is coming together in a huge way and make no mistake about it. Google Glass, a development introduced by Google X Lab earlier this year, is one such example. Taking the form of a trendy set of spectacles, Glass users will be able to walk down the road and access any information they see fit as they are doing so. They will even manage to film their daily proceedings, or take snapshots of everything as they happen. Reality is going to be re-shaped in real time by glasses; you can even use them to generate video calls to loved ones. Google Glass will be made available to developers early next year and, by the start of 2014, will grow to be commercially obtainable, along with many of other interesting products of the ilk.


AR’s impact on home entertainment (especially games) may also be felt, but there’s also far more ‘grown up’ uses for that technology in the pipeline. Versions of Augmented reality are already getting used to coach soldiers, educate would-be doctors and instruct firefighters in virtual burning buildings. When you do not have the money for a smartphone, Google Glass or anything else we have pointed out, you’ll see the effects of Augmented reality on television sports casting (look at the actual-time analysis overlaid on recent NFL games) and on store window advertising (mischievous high street chain Anne Summers pioneered a particularly unforgettable one earlier this year).


In 2013, with an abundance of funds coming in from Augmented reality apps, games and gadgets, we can anticipate a rapid development of this technology. Which means by the top of next year, Augmented reality could be an unavoidable fact of modern life. We expect AR to become a major selling point next year, with companies offering an amplified amount of AR-ready mini games as accessories on a choice of devices plus much more Augmented reality apps being built than at any time.


In the event you’re in training as a surgeon, a soldier, a policemen or a fireman, the odds are you’ll stumble upon Augmented reality (if you haven’t already) in 2013. Of course, this will not replace the experience of dashing into a burning structure, going into battle or performing complicated surgery (but it is not trying to), but the possibility is there for further thorough and meticulous training for specialists in these areas. Furthermore, it won’t be long before CEO’s and managers are holding Augmented reality-infused meetings, during which the attendees can get into relevant information in real time, which will definitely beat a Powerpoint presentation any day!


In 2013, anticipate adverts, newspaper supplements and smart phone games to include an rising element of Augmented reality capability. Augmented reality is taking the fast track into our lives and 2013 is going to be a pivotal time for this.


Next year will be the most technologically advanced time in mankind’s story so far and, if that seems like an easy thing to say, consider the enormity of this proclamation. Much like the Internet before it, Augmented reality is set to make a big splash in our lifestyles and 2013 will be the the biggest ripple so far. Simply, we can’t wait for it…