I read somewhere recently (I think it was in an autonomous vehicle discussion) that we are using our screens like glorified fax machines.
Maybe not quite - you can't interact with a fax page - but it's still a flat set of images. And touch is great - when you touch the correct thing and the screen is large enough for your big fingertips (or you happen to have a stylus handy).
All my life I have observed the world - from made things (door hinges, HVAC details, wiring, lighting, pipes, utility lines, whatever is in my field of vision as well as what grows on its own in the wild or planted by humans [Wisconsin is a great place for the latter]). I'm not sure I want something to 'augument' my unfiltered observations but I'm waiting to see what comes along.
@sixscrews: I know some of the smart thinkers at Oculus like Michael Abrash as well as his counterparts at Qualcomm and elsewhere share this vision of today's VR systems evolving to an augmented/mixed reality future where physical and digital worlds are mixed for better productivity and fun.
I get Realjjj's point that this is how we get rid of the display (and keyboard) to experience more effective computing.
And I get your point that while this may open up huge new opportunities it also poses huge new challenges. If we sometimes stumble through life distracted and sometimes misled by the PC Web and the smartphone Web, what will it be like in a world of AR/MR glasses?
What's cheaper a tiny display in front of your eyes that puts you in a 360 dome or N large displays - where N is anything from 1 to surround. That's what VR is trying to be today.
AR and MR add transparent displays so you can see the world around you and that expands the possibilities a great deal. A pair of AR glasses could simulate a phone, a tablet, a workstation with multiple displays, a TV, thus it could replace them all. It goes far beyond just that ofc and opens up a lot of possibilities.
3D glasses were a silly accessory, these glasses are the future of computing and all other displays.
PCs as a form factor were restricted by the keyboard and the display. Capacitive touch has eliminated the keyboard but the display defines the physical dimensions of the device. After decades of evolution, glasses set computing free.
Real VR, full presence VR will come at some point in the future and that will be very important too but that's beyond AR/MR.