Google has been working on something called Project Glass for a few years now. It is an attempt to enable a user to see their facebook status, twitter updates, time and date, as well as other important information using a pair of glasses. These are no ordinary glasses though; they are screens that allow the information to be projected on the lenses, so that you can see new updates and chat messages while you are walking around. It eliminates the need to be staring down at your phone while you are on the move, and enables users to keep watch on where they are heading.
There have been a lot of other apps that add layers of computer generated imagery or information to an image of your environment, as it is captured through the camera on your www.phones4u.co.uk/ mobile device. Some of these applications can be educational or informative in some way, such as adding the name of streets and places to the city as you walk around, and some are just for fun; like photographic adjustments or additions.
Another exciting app is iOnRoad. This app, when you set the phone on your dashboard pointing through your windscreen, gives up to date information about the road around you and the traffic in front. It warns you about upcoming diversions, possible accidents and warnings and also enables you to set it up as a GPS system, so you can see where it is you are going as you are travelling. This can be particularly useful for motorists who are in a different country, perhaps on holiday or a business trip abroad.
The augmented reality idea has come on a long way since its invention in science fiction stories from decades ago. And it looks like it’s only just begun.