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Augmented Reality's Disruptive Potential 126

pbahra writes "A company called Layar, based in Amsterdam, is working on products that take augmented reality in a slightly different direction. They provide a platform that allows anyone to build an AR app. Consider these ideas: you can use your mobile phone's camera to view the world; your phone knows where you are and what you are looking at. The implications are profound. One of the most interesting apps that someone produced was a virtual tee-shirt shop. It was placed in the 20 most expensive shopping streets in the world, selling t-shirts. Stop and think about that for a minute. He built a virtual shop where a real one already existed. His shop was accessible via a mobile phone, while the real one was accessible through, well, being real. Real space and its virtual overlay are being used by different people. There will be lawyers."
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Augmented Reality's Disruptive Potential

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  • read the book (Score:4, Informative)

    by hguorbray ( 967940 ) on Tuesday September 20, 2011 @08:27PM (#37462764)
    see Halting State by Charles Stross and Spook Country by William Gibson for examples of how this overlay technology might work/look/feel like

    both books are pretty good reads and the VR overlay is central to the Stross book and a fairly big plot point in the Gibson book. Also recommend Stross's 'The Laundry Files' series -where IT and Necromancy collide....

    -I'm just sayin

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