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Is Augmented Reality the Future?

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​Today marks the release of another app that is marketing itself as a form of augmented reality. Wallit is an app that works through a user’s cellular camera to create an augmented reality spurred on by user interaction. If a user is visiting a certain location or landmark they can open up Wallit and see a wall through their mobile phone’s camera that shows posts, such as pictures or videos, from other users. This seems like an interesting idea, but is the public ready to accept augmented reality?

Today marks the release of another app that is marketing itself as a form of augmented reality. Wallit is an app that works through a user’s cellular camera to create an augmented reality spurred on by user interaction. If a user is visiting a certain location or landmark they can open up Wallit and see a wall through their mobile phone’s camera that shows posts, such as pictures or videos, from other users. This seems like an interesting idea, but is the public ready to accept augmented reality?

What makes augmented reality apps better than normal apps? Looking at a seemingly realistic object and seeing a digital overlay is certainly a cool concept, but I don’t think the general public is quite ready to live life looking through a screen. Why ruin the beauty of a landmark like the Grand Canyon by overlaying a stream of posts and videos over it? That isn’t to say that I don’t think augmented reality can be useful and practical, but I don’t think we are quite there yet.

One interesting and possibly useful idea for augmented reality is going to be coming in cars. Windshields that contain useful displays will possibly make the roads a safer place for everyone involved. Instead of trying to stare at your tiny GPS screen and drive at the same time to figure out where you’re going you’ll be able to see your suggested route by just looking out your windshield and following a line.

This type of augmented reality, the type that is truly a game-changer, is the future. Apps such as Wallit are certainly interesting and they present a new way to view the world, but I don’t think the future of augmented reality is on a mobile phone. The future of augmented reality is in making things we already use better, not in gimmicks.

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