The augmented reality market, which overlays tactical information onto real-world objects when you point your cell phone camera at them, is poised to rise from a paltry $21 million in 2010 to $3 billion by 2016. Look for app developers to reaping the lion's share of that windfall over the next five years. R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog
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Augmented reality (AR) will transform mobile computing by enabling "zero-click interfaces" that append information on things in the real world when users point their camera phones at them. Eventually, everything from ice-cream shops to server farms will pop up information on demand using AR. For example, retailers will offer special deals you can see only in AR, and equipment suppliers will append specifications and upgrade information directly to their products.
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