A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Stark HUD augmented reality goggles. These are not real AR goggles, but rather a clever promotion for Iron Man 2. Nevertheless, the video is compelling and worth reflecting on what it is so.
1. The goggles are visually attractive and appear to be ‘socially acceptable’ to wear. Though the definition of socially acceptable is fluid – just a few years ago it seemed odd to walk around with a Bluetooth headset – the closer goggles look like glasses, the better.
2. Information is context sensitive. The idea of context-aware computing has been around for quite some time, and there are patent filings on it dating at least 10 years ago. However, the availability of location-based services, and development in applications that know more and more about the user (Apple’s Siri is a great new example), make the goggles useful much more than just being used as a media viewer.
3. The field of view appears wide, and resolution is good enough to read.
4. There is plenty of natural interaction with the device. The video demonstrates interaction using hands and voice commands.
5. No battery or control box. Science fiction, maybe, but still cool.
Will we really need to wait until 2020 to get them?