But what exactly is Augmented Reality? And how far-flung will its usage be as we move into the next decade of technological developments?
This enables AR applications to seamlessly interact with the reality that we’re used to seeing. Using this technology, rich levels of high-quality information can be embedded on top of what the user is visualising in a way that could potentially, educate, aid, or entertain them – depending on the task at hand.
The next decade will be brimful of even more interconnectivity than the last. This not only means that we’re in for another decade of social media omnipotence, but that we’ll have access to the level of collaborative tools that’ll allow colleagues to interact with each other worldwide in ways that have never been possible before.
Through the use of compatible devices, Scope enables industry experts to aid and educate workers by providing a literal insight into their line of sight. Through the use of tablet cameras, users can beam live images to colleagues who can then interact with the pictures to provide instructions and insights.
While this brand of technology has clear advantages for engineering and labourers who are regularly required to operate machinery in new locations, there’s also plenty of potential for this concentration of Augmented Reality to benefit the industries of education, healthcare, manufacturing and many public services.
Next-generation of healthcare
One particularly significant application that carries on from the pioneering technology driven by Scope AR can be found in operating rooms across the world in the coming years.
It’s expected that AR will be able to aid surgeons during complex operations by enabling experienced colleagues to gain access to an interactive digital overlay as the surgery is taking place.
Here, experts can draw visual cues which will appear in the surgeon’s line of sight in real-time to help guide them through the procedure.
Of course, as the world continues to expand and more of us begin to age, the need for the efficient implementation of technology like Augmented Reality within healthcare becomes more pronounced. While the arrival of AR within public hospitals and surgeries across the world may depend on how much the industry is funded by its respective governments – it’s reasonable to expect the technology to develop over the next ten years and potentially become affordable on a widespread scale as we move into the second half of the decade.
The future of entertainment
Augmented Reality is, frankly, everywhere when it comes to entertainment. Both Snapchat and Facebook Messenger filters have left us grinning as digital butterflies fly around our faces, and even three-years after its launch, it doesn’t take too long before you pass a Pokemon Go enthusiast on the street.
Over the summer, mobile phone network, EE, ran a television advert that claimed to show viewers what a future driven by 5G technology would look like. Alongside virtual reality experiences that seamlessly placed football fans inside a stadium via the use of Virtual Reality, the ad also showed two users super-imposing a football match into their line of sight using a smartphone.
Such levels of interconnectivity and high-speed data speeds may not be widely available today, but tomorrow is just around the corner, and the next decade of developments looks highly promising for the widely applicable powers of Augmented Reality.