Visualisation is one of the main features for AR (Augmented Reality), but how can we help the technology take us one step further into a world we can call our own?
One of the main challenges of AR is also one of its main virtues – visualisation.
When it comes to Augmented Reality, the point is to overlay virtual elements on the real world, and to give users the perceived notion that they both mix in nicely.
But it’s not only eye candy, the visualisation needs to be serving a purpose and have a clear goal in mind. There are countless ways AR can fail, and today we are going to discuss them in depth, going over how we can help AR further our visualisation of this new and exciting world.
One of the other promising variables to consider is that this visualisation can be highly customised to fit your life in its whole, giving you a personal new world to delve into.
Finally, there are some things we need to avoid, such as being crowded by unwanted visualisation. We’re talking about Advertisements creating Visual Pollution in Augmented Reality and stuff like that.
If you want to learn more on these subjects, read below.
The “Make it Bigger” problem: How old people are, in reality, pioneers of Mobile Visualisation:
If you give a mobile device to someone who is 70+ years old, one of the most common requests is that you “make it bigger”. They claim the screen is too small, and you know what? Most of the time, they are right!
Having said that, mobile visualisation always struggled with this, and we can say these people are the pioneers of what’s right – and AR is going to fix it for them.
Augmented Reality will transform mobile visualisation in a way that it will make this problem a thing of the past. You’ll be able to render a bigger screen on top of your device, you’ll be able to zoom in and zoom out, and you’ll have floating screens to gawk at, ones you can customise at your leisure.
Your experience will be better, and you won’t ever want to go back to looking at 2 inch screens ever again.
How Attractive is Augmented Reality Going to Be? You see examples everyday:
If you’re wondering how will people react to mainstream augmented reality, then you have the wrong idea.
There are many people who think augmented reality is something for the future, but it has already arrived and is a thing of today.
You can see how people will react to augmented reality every day – just look at how people react to Instagram photo and video filters.
The video filters in which the phone renders a face on top of yours, or one of those automatic makeovers is the perfect example of a basic AR application – and you know they are a big success.
It’s hard to find someone who never used such a filter, and the fact that they are a success only gives more complex AR applications strength.
Another Great Advantage for Mobile Visualisation: 3D Models Built on Real Surfaces
If snapchat filters are extremely used, just think about what we’ll do once 3D AR models, projects and apps become mainstream.
Think about those tourism apps in which you’ll be able to see historical figures hanging around on their favourite spots, or the scene of the epic battle which took place centuries ago at a certain location.
Think about all of the useful tutorial apps made in Augmented Reality taking you step by step on a process in the physical world.
The 3D models rendered on top of our 3D world will take AR to a whole other level. This hasn’t become mainstream yet, but the few examples we already have are extremely successful, which bodes well for the future of AR.
A World of Floating Screens:
Finally, it’s easy to imagine ourselves living in a world of floating screens, where everything has an interface, where everything is a unique experience and where everything is AD Space.
Indeed this is one of our biggest fears, the fear that AR can become an Ad Monster like some parts of the Internet are.
It will certainly need regulation to make sure we can keep our reality manipulation free, as we’re going to be living in it and we certainly don’t want to be manipulated by our devices.
On the other hand, there’s going to be another medium for information to circulate through, and this is another groundbreaking development.
If you think about it, each time a new medium appeared, humanity and its technology, as well as global knowledge, jumped up a notch.
It was like this with the printing press, with radio, with television, with the internet and it can be the same with Augmented Reality.
Only time will tell.
What about you? What do you think AR will have in stock for us in the future?
Are you optimistic about it? What are your biggest fears? Do let us know, we’d love to hear from you.