The days of sitting on the train to work while an information feed hovers in front you could soon be here, if the current pace of augmented reality development continues.
AR is currently being driven from a number of wide-ranging areas, with key proponents including both the tech and automotive industries. In these sectors, high amounts of competition is causing development to surge.
By the beginning of 2015, purchasing a pair of augmented reality glasses may not seem like a strange proposition.
In the technology sector, Google is the key driver of augmented reality with Google Glass – the frames that generated massive publicity upon their unveiling in 2012. Glass gained initial popularity thanks to the concerns around privacy and potential applications of the technology.
Other developers have announced and even released similar pieces of technology – not limited to headset-style devices like Google Glass.
Applications such as Yelp! Monocle are able to enhance finding a restaurant or cafe by overlaying information in the real world. Users simply have to point a smart phone at a street and all cafes and restaurants begin popping up with ratings and reviews.
Similar in function to glass, but with a slight variation, the Oakley Airwave heads-up display provides sports enthusiasts with information relevant to snow boarding and skiing. In what would appear to be traditional snow goggles, speed, altitude and battery level are displayed clearly.
Another piece of technology, though not as advanced as the above attempts, is the Epson Moverio. This device is capable of displaying a 320 inch display in front of viewers, recreating a cinema experience.
The technology has no notable uses other than as a film watching device, and will likely become relegated to a niche with advanced devices like Glass able to provide the same service.