Augmented, mixed, and virtual reality grow through new technologies and research. Reality—from a broader perspective—grows (and improves) by looking at embodiment, emotion, neuroscience, and physics. In this section, I weave all of these things together. The goal: to broaden thinking about how our technology and humanity can work together to create the most powerful, positive future.
In my previous book, I talked about emerging spaces in the augmented reality (AR) field, the cutting-edge areas of research that are beginning to emerge. This chapter addresses those same topics in an abridged manner before moving into new topics. The reason: they were and still are emerging topics worth further attention and exploration. These emerging spaces are durable reality, diminished reality, enhanced reality, and lightfields.
Durable reality is things that are durable and persistent; they stay in space. For instance, you can leave a digital note on a computer so that when a tech comes by, it pings him and tags a specific area of the software or hardware saying, “Your help is needed here.” Or, leaving a virtual love note on the mirror for your honey. Imagine walking through the physical world and finding Easter eggs left there just for or by you.
Diminished reality has been discussed since 2011. Now, even though few people have noticed, it’s beginning to quietly and powerfully gain traction. How it works is that rather than adding things ...