What would augment reality? From a series of tweets by Luke Wroblewski

The technology industry is buzzing about Augmented Reality (AR) applications and hardware. In a series of illustrations titled “what would augment reality?” Luke Wroblewski attempts to answer “what value would exceed the pain of charging and wearing augmented reality headsets each day?” and “Are there enough compelling use cases to make AR a daily necessity?”.

For each illustration, Luke assumed audio input control and gaze path/eye-tracking for object identification. With these assumptions, he applied the principle of maximum information yet minimum obstruction (MIMO) to the user interface design.

Luke’s high-level goal was to ‘augment’ reality: give people abilities they wouldn’t otherwise have through the inclusion of digital information and actions in the physical world.

1. “explain”#

Figure 1: Explain the meaning of a symbol

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2. “find bathroom”#

Figure 2: Show the route to the bathroom

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3. “drive”#

Figure 3: Show how your speed compares to the road’s speed limit

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4. “solve”#

Figure 4: Solve a maths problem

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5. “identify”#

Figure 5: Identify a plant or animal in the wild

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6. “measure”#

Figure 6: Measure the dimensions of an object

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7. “convert”#

Figure 7: Convert currencies and units of measurement

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8. “check reviews”#

Figure 8: Check what other people think of a product on sale

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9. “check price”#

Figure 9: Check the price of a product, for example petrol at a petrol station

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10. “lose weight”#

Figure 10: Check the calories contained in food and drink and map it to what you need to do to keep your weight under control

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11. “listen”#

Figure 11: Listen to tracks on an album you’ve picked up at the local record store

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12. “compare”#

Figure 12: Compare the quality of something like wine

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13. “remember”#

Figure 13: Add a reminder to your calendar for an event you’re interested in

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14. “order more”#

Figure 14: Add items to your shopping list or online basket

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15. “calculate”#

Figure 15: Calculate a restaurant tip

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16. “identify”#

Figure 16: Identify an object such as a plane flying overhead

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17. “find keys”#

Using object recognition and recording.

Figure 17: Find where you left your keys

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18. “magnify”#

Figure 18: Enhance small print to make it readable

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19. “rewind”#

Figure 19: Replay what just happened

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What would you add to Luke’s list? It would be great to hear from you. Please send me your thoughts.

Updated on: 21 April 2021

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