Digital Trash II

About a month ago, I wrote a post exploring the potential downsides of the new hot topic of Augmented Reality. As a reminder, while I’m a huge fan of AR and have been for years, but that doesn’t mean that I’m blind to future problems, unlike many pundits who are busy hyping it up.

One of my concerns is how the information that’s posted in the virtual world remains usable, or as I wrote at the time:

Is Augmented Reality going to be so cluttered, ugly and intrusive that people eventually abandon using it altogether?

Bear that in mind when you watch this short video and you’ll see what I mean. Who would want to live in a world like this?

Augmented (hyper)Reality: Domestic Robocop from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo.

In my post, I called for some of the industry players to get together to agree guidelines to prevent this kind of scenario ever emerging. I still think that this is vital if the AR vision is to become a viable proposition. Otherwise what’s happening today is sowing the seeds for the sector’s future destruction.

[Video spotted on the excellent Daily Irrelevant]

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