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Mobile Phones get cyborg vision.

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posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 05:52 PM
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It's a gift that was once the preserve of fictional cyborgs. Call it Terminator Vision - a view of the world tagged with rich, location-relevant information whilst your gaze flickers here and there.

But now this Augmented Reality (AR), as it is known, is materialising in the real world. Mobile phone operators, at least, are hoping it will be the next big thing as programmers learn to corral all the bells and whistles of smart phones - GPS, video, accelerometers - into "killer applications". For the first time such AR is available for handsets.

Via the video function of a mobile phone's camera it is now possible to combine a regular pictorial view with added data from the internet just as the fictional Terminator was able to overlay its view of the world with vital information about its surroundings.


This is interesting, would make "being lost" nearly impossible for anyone who has it; but how long until it's being implemented in surveilance equipment? Displaying all your information simply using facial recognition software? Or an RFID scan?

Not to dwell on the possible negative applications of something like this, I wouldn't mind having it when on vacation, and anyone regularly on business trips would likely find it useful.




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