A few months ago, I spent some time testing out a new virtual reality (VR) headset model. It was a lot of fun being immersed in a different world for a while. The problem was, as soon as I tried to move or do anything, I started bumping in to tables, yanking on cords, and generally getting in trouble. The problem was that the virtual world and the real world were competing with each other. I was having two different experiences at the same time. My takeaway was that virtual reality experiences will be great for some things, but not for a lot of others.
With that experience
fresh in my mind, I began
common augmented reality (AR) experiences have become. If you're at all a fan of football, augmented reality has become a given. How did we ever live without that handy yellow first down line?
Then the Olympics came on... and there it
I had to keep track of whic
h lane Michael Phelps was in on my own... I'd be lost. And one of the most exciting parts for my family was watching the swimmers
chasing those world recor
But watching the NFL and the Olympics on tv is only about observing. There's not much interaction. Is there AR anywhere in our everyday lives? Yes! For example, the rear view video camera on my car shows me when I'm getting too close to something. That's handy.
Then Pokemo Go found our house. For a few months, my 12-year old and his friends were chasing those critters all around town. They showed up in the yard, in the house, at the football stadium. And when they showed up in the car while my wife was driving the boys around town, there w
as quite the commotion.
Augmented Reality seems to be showing up in a lot of places in our everyday lives. Why? I think one of the main reasons is that with AR you're having one experience... but a better one. You don't have two different worlds competing for you attention. It's just one world - your world - with a bit extra. I'm a fan.