@betajet: They say foreign travel broadens the mind -- this is doing the opposite.
Good point -- but the other side of the coin is that there have been times when I've been in a strange country -- in a place where few people spoke understandable English -- not knowing which way to go -- not being able to decipher the signs (ah, how well I remember my first trips to America :-) where I would have settled for having my mind less broadened in exchange for having a clue what to do next.
Max wrote: "How much of what I've talked about here do you consider to be plausible?"
I'm afraid this is going to be unavoidable in the future. Indeed, most of the features and issues Max is pointing to in his blog are already feasibles with today technology.
Just merge Siri, GPS possitioning, embedded speech, Google Glass, social network information... everything seems to be converging into this kind of AR technologies.
Maybe the most important thing is education. People must be aware of the information they are consuming and producing. We are alreading facing this in the present, and most of the people who is afraid to the "Big Brother" --A.K.A. NSA in the USA ;-) -- is interchanging private information for services with companies such as Facebook, Google, Linkedin and so on.
Max wrote: "Suppose your augmented reality system is aware of the languages you know and don't know, and automatically performs the translation and superimposes it over the original. Wouldn't that be cool?"
And, assuming that this technology is carried on to audio translations ( as it inevitably will be ) ... let's not forget what Douglas Adams wrote, about the Babel fish:
"Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars then anything else in the history of creation."
Max, I think the ability to see an "enhanced" view of a car that needs repair where the AR app guides you through the repair (applying jumper cables let's say) to your specific car is one I'd use. Also, AR is great for immersive gaming, and Altera FPGAs are in Jeri Ellsworth's castAR glassses which she's been demoing. Check them out at Maker Faire this weekend in San Mateo.
Max wrote: Let's start with a simple one. Suppose you are in a foreign country and you look at an indecipherable sign. Suppose your augmented reality system is aware of the languages you know and don't know, and automatically performs the translation and superimposes it over the original. Wouldn't that be cool?
In this case, "augmented reality" is doing the opposite: it's reducing the experience of being in a foreign country. They say foreign travel broadens the mind -- this is doing the opposite.