You’ve heard of Pokemon Go by now, yes? It’s the pervasively viral, madness-inducing, privacy-invading, weirdly alarming, metaphysically destabilizing new mobile-phone game from Niantic. It’s potentially worth $1.8 billion a year. And it just may herald an important technological shift.
Conceptually, the app is fairly simple. Looking through their phones, gamers can see Pokemon characters superimposed on the world around them. The idea is to “catch” the creatures, and to pursue different varieties. The kids love it.
But it isn’t just a game: It’s a rudimentary use of something called augmented reality. Using cameras and sensors, more sophisticated AR can project computer-generated graphics on a user’s field of vision, typically through specialized goggles or visors. It can also show what the user is seeing to remote collaborators, who can in turn manipulate what graphics are displayed. Read More….