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Augmented Reality: Issues of Perceived Reality


Augmented Reality or the perceived reality is the in-thing these days. But as we know that there are always two sides of the coin and here I am to discuss the issues/darker side of this perceived reality.

Any emerging technology comes with a pinch of salt. Today I want to discuss the issues AR brings along with it. Let me begin with discussing the technical challenges first.

Since augmented reality is perceived reality and there are no bounds to reality. But this increases the size of the universe for the tech gurus to develop. There are varied input formats -the 3D object recognition, speech recognition, character recognition and image processing, speech recognition. Huge number of complex input devices like camera, microphone, GPS etc. A complex set of input devices and sensors that are always on (for example, camera, GPS, microphone). Likewise, discussing about the output is like venturing into another galaxy. There could be Registration issues of the various devices like the screen displays or the earpieces and the alignment issues for providing a usable output. The permutations and combinations of the options available through AR are endless and there are a large number of social concerns, issues and risks associated with this.

Let us now talk about the social concern(s). One major social concern with AR is that of alienation from social setups. When humans have a device that can guide them through the Real world then the interaction levels with families or friends as a partner or a guide would eventually decrease. It will be a war of the Social and Real-Time vs. Solitary and Cached.
User Experience: Socially, using AR may be inappropriate in some situations. Also the users could be privy to a lot of Spam unwanted unwelcomed information overload, this would be a big negative for advertisement firms.
Shifting the focus from Social concerns to the issues and risks AR envisages:
1.The biggest one is the privacy intrusion. Walking past a stranger you could get all the social information available and other personal profile information that may cause a breach in their privacy.
2.Another issue culminating out of privacy intrusion is the Security concern. For example, the criminals could get information by simply pointing their phone at the victims and know about their details and whereabouts. 
3.We all know texting while driving is unsafe but what about AR. AR could also be very risky and much harder to enforce.

In the end after having discussed the issues/challenges of the technology there is one thing I have to say- While the technology is here to stay, it has many concerns to be addressed yet.


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