In the next three years mobile will swallow the internet whole, said Chris Grayson, a digital creative consultant and the co-organizer of ARNY (Augmented Reality New York). By the end of this decade, AR will swallow mobile. Augmented Reality will become the standard interface for the semantic web.
Capitalizing on the growing popularity of smartphones, IBM has developed AR apps for major tennis tournaments, including Wimbeldon and the U.S. Open.
The IBM Seer Application acts as a real-time guide and interactive map of the tournaments. Available on Android, the app lets users point their phones at various things around them to get such information as match scores and statistics, information from scouts at the tournament, video streams from matches on other courts and information about nearby concessions and facilities.
Were working on an app that uses audio to guide people through geo-location activities, said whurley (yes, thats the name he goes by, with no capitalization preferred), a former IBM Master Inventor, open source heavy hitter and current CTO of mobile-app development firm Chaotic Moon Studios.
You could be jogging over rough terrain, where you obviously couldnt hold your phone in front of you, yet your phone would know your location and give you appropriate audio direction to navigate by.
At this stage of development, AR is pretty much anything people can conceive and utilize.
AR can be as simple as geo-tagging, or as complex as an architectural design application that lets you point your smartphone at a vacant lot where you plan to build a building to show you what it will look like, whurley said.
I think of AR as TCP/IP for the future, he said. No one made of money off of TCP/IP. Its an enabling technology. I believe the same is true of AR.
While there is little by way of standardization or open-source momentum related to AR yet whurley believes it will come quickly, possibly within the next year or so.
Until that time, ARs evolution is being influenced by anyone and everyone who decides to leverage it. Best Buy, IBM, SAP and Microsoft all have visions of the AR future.