Augmented reality (AR)--the overlay of information on live images via a device display--has already been proved in military applications such as heads-up windscreen displays in fighter aircraft. Look for augmented reality to go mainstream in 2011 with 3D-social-networking becoming AR's killer app.
Viewing Tokyo's skyline with Sekai Camera reveals hundreds of user-supplied geo-tags highlighting points of interest in the style of social-media.
Here is what my story at EETimes says about AR: Consumer AR is coming to a GPS-enabled camera phone near you. In 2011, Apple, Google and a dozen startups plan to offer apps and systems that will relay commercial information—such as what's on sale at the various stores in the mall you're visiting—AR-style. Even Intel Capital is looking to cash in on the craze by investing in Layar (Amsterdam, Netherlands), an AR platform company that offers online tools for the development community...But social networking may be the killer AR app...
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