Thomas Wrobel: Augmented Reality in 2010 (Part 3)

Thomas Wrobel is our first “outside expert” to share his predictions for augmented reality in 2010 over this blog. Thomas is a regular commenter on Games Alfresco (under his own name and under the username Darkflame), the man behind Rateoholic, one of the driving forces behind the AR Wave initiative, and a swell guy in general.

* Google will move into AR space. Probably a simple expansion of google maps to have street view on mobile devices with a transparent rather then preset views. Expect googlemap pins hovering in your view space in the not too distant future.
* First use of image based outdoor positioning to give sub-meter position accuracy demonstrated. The race to map cityscapes start.
* A merging or two or more AR firms.
* Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft *all* show of specific first party new AR applications. (DSi,PSP and Natal based most likely)
* A half decent AR dedicated HMD will finally come out, even if its not consumer level.
* The first cross-browser cross-platform AR content will start to appear.
* AR technology will become a persistent element in at least one major western tv show and will be presented in a fairly realistic manor.
* Many sites catalogues AR specific apps and games will start. Possibly even category searches appearing on app shops specifically for them.
* The Daily Show will make fun of AR. (and maybe have an interview with a predominant figure in that space)
* At least 5 augmented reality outdoor gaming events will be held. Scratch that. Make it 10.
and, umm, some hosting of AR content on Wave servers ;)

Again, Thomas was asked for his predictions prior to Google’s recent moves, so you’ll have to excuse him for the first bullet point.
Previously:
AR in 2010 Part 1 – What’s your opinion?
AR in 2010 Part 2 – Crazy predictions that might come true.

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9 Responses

  1. I really love it. Reminds me of the movie Gamer and even before I saw that movie I submitted this SecondLife/GoogleMaps/Layar mashup to the Layar competition. You can still vote till 18th of December!

    Could use some more thougths to get this idea launched.

    So please vote here: http://tiny.cc/VoteHere

  2. Ah, first AR SPAM?

  3. The Daily Show already made fun of AR

  4. They did? I must have missed that one.
    I often watch it on their site; what date was it?

    “Ah, first AR SPAM?”

    The first of many, tis a good bad sign!

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