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Will the human body support some ways of Augmented Reality?

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      It is not strange that scientists want to push the limits of technology in the human body. This is, of course, the case of Augmented reality, from which we have recently seen the development of the AR glasses by Google.

      The AR glasses are designed to let users capture video with a built-in camera as well as use downloaded apps, internet, and social networks sites on the move. A small projector displays an image in front of the wearer’s eyes while letting them stay aware on the outside world. The idea is easy, the user is able to see valuable information with no need to bring with him/her another special hardware like a smartphone or even a laptop. Thus, we can even think that the glasses may be an extension of the human body, or the eye, allowing the user to perceive more information with no extra effort, only just looking at the place from where the information is required.

      But as always, there are people that go further (which us very good for science),  and try to push these limits even more. Some of these innovators have developed an Augmented Reality system which can be run over a contact lenses! Their idea is basically that the human eye is a perceptual powerhouse. It can see millions of colors, adjust easily to shifting light conditions, and transmit information to the brain at a rate exceeding that of a high-speed Internet connection. But why stop there?  This is the premise that these unstoppable minds have for conducting such amazing researches.

It is true that all of the aforementioned advances sound very nice, and at a first glance we could even think that this is going to be a change in the way we perceive and interact with the environment but, what about the human body limits? Is it ready to physiologically hold such an amount of information?

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The basis of Augmented Reality

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      Is not strange that each day more people find an Augmented Reality article, or a new application which is based on this technology, or even a lot of tweets talking about it. Augmented Reality is spreading fast, fact that is not unusual taking into consideration that big brands and companies are pushing its use, but do people really know what Augmented Reality means?

      Adding information and meaning to real objects the users see is the goal of augmented reality. We have to notice that there is a difference between Augmented reality and Virtual reality. While the latter tries to create a simulation of reality by replacing the real objects by virtual ones, the former adds information to the real world, adding contextual data to deepen a person´s understanding of the object. This contextual data may be 3D objects layered on the real world, audio commentaries, historical context, geolocated  POIs(Points of interest) or other forms of content that can make a user’s experience of a thing or a place more meaningful.  Augmented reality is not merely a companion text or multimedia file but a technology designed to “see” a real object or place and provide the user with appropriate information at the right time. Augmented reality is designed to blur the line between the reality the user is experiencing and the content provided by technology.

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Augmented Reality could reach to automotive field soon. PART I

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        In the race auto brands carry out to take competitive advantage over the rest, several of them are taking into consideration the fact to add Augmented Reality technology not only in their advertising campaigns, but also in the physic car. All of us already know that the advancement of technology has birthed many innovative creations, in several fields and among them especially in the automotive industry. Thus, a large digital display would be created in order to show all of this information. But the use of Augmented Reality in cars is not restricted to a simply using as a GPS. The computer vision technology behind Augmented Reality can be also integrated in such applications in functionalities like image recognition for traffic signals, keeping the safe distance between cars, or even warning to the driver in danger situations, such as in lane changes or in those moments when drivers could fall asleep.

Figure 1. An example of a windshield displaying digital information.

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