What will be the e-Biz trends in time to come? You heard it here first. By 2020, it will be very difficult to tell where the real, physical world ends, and the digital world begins. They will, for all intents and purposes, be one and the same, and we won’t understand how those poor shmucks back in ancient times (2014 and before) ever got by without this seamless blending of our two worlds.
At present, there are two technologies poised to make this happen, both currently existing on the fringes of the public consciousness. At this point, their ascendency is all but inevitable. That’s just the way the technological winds are blowing.
The first of these is in the form of the wearable computer, most prominently, at the moment, in the form of Google Glass. This technology is poised to usher in a revolution in the way we interact with computers (and with each other) far larger and more profound than the handheld revolution, which brought us the touch screen and the touch-based interface, and even bigger than the mouse revolution brought to us by Apple in the 1980’s.
There’s just no way to overstate the importance that wearable computers will have on our lives. It should be noted that part of what is making the wearable computer possible is the fact that both cloud processing and cloud storage are coming of age, and these are enabling computers to all but disappear. Google Glass is the first manifestation of this, but it certainly won’t be the last.
In a similar vein, augmented reality tech is poised to forever change the way we see and interact with the world around us. One of the companies leading the way in this area is Dekko, which is presently developing what it calls an “Augmented Reality Operating System.”
Imagine an OS that constantly scans your surroundings and can dynamically map content over them. An example: You’re walking down a city street, and on the sidewalk ahead of you, you get an IP that pops up. A friend wants to meet you for lunch at a café. After agreeing to meet, you get another popup asking if you’d like directions. If you indicate yes, a line will appear in virtual space, on the sidewalk before you, showing you the way to the table where your friend is waiting, and that, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg.
The possibilities for e-Businesses large and small to enhance this content are virtually without limit. Stay tuned for more articles and information on how you can leverage on this “future” technology – augmented reality (AR) – to help bring your e-businesses to a level you can only imagine for now.