Nokia has created a short video clip providing a glimpse of what we could expect when augmented reality and communications ( what I've been calling augmented communications ) come together to create a new user experience.
Their vision combines AR glasses, 3D audio, haptic bracelet, sensors and mobile cloud services to create a seamless integration of "mixed reality" communications and media.
In the last 6 months we've seen the introduction of augmented reality browsers (see wikitude and layar) and a number of AR enabled applications (see yelp) emerge. While it is still early in the evolution of AR applications and network infrastructure, it is moving forward quickly. Portions of Nokia's vision are not that far away.
Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb offered 5 barriers to an AR web that is everywhere. His list provides great guidance for all AR applications. If I narrow the focus to outline 5 hurdles critical to broad adoption of Augmented Communication applications, we get:
With these 5 guiding principles in mind, take a look at Nokia's video clip and think about the opportunity to create new value for users through Augmented Communications.