Augmented reality, clearly

By overlaying data streams onto clear glass lenses, a French company named Laster Technologies is completing the technology puzzle for widespread augmented reality (AR). The company recently impressed IEEE Spectrum’s Tekla Perry (Tech Talk Blog, July 2) with its “visual walkman” demonstration.

Our client Mechdyne provides large-scale displays and data fusion software that enables AR across industrial, military and intelligence analysis applications. It’s always been interesting to compare what these organizations do to the growing crop of mobile AR applications that leverage location awareness to enrich individual’s lives. Generally, I’ve agreed with Tekla’s view; “reality” on a tiny handheld screen is not what AR is really about. Laster and other microdisplay integrators have the potential to create a visual smart phone with truly futuristic capabilities.