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I've written a lot about emerging augmented reality applications that are likely to use Microvision's technology. One of the main themes that this blog is here to explore is all the work being done by external parties to bring AR apps into the mainstream. Augmented reality apps aren't just going to spring forth from nothingness -- they will be the result of thousands of hours of work by dedicated programmers, researchers and engineers who through a process of development, iteration, and standards adoption are able to combine forces to leverage the many different aspects of mobile technologies to create new, 3D, transparent user interfaces and software designed to augment the regular world we live in with relevant, context-aware information.

The Institute of Design at Umea University has a multitude of projects surrounding AR software/infrastructure design and development:

Bandwidth Adapted Streaming

Communication Interfaces for Workers within Automated Environments

Control Room Interfaces

Mobile IT in Industrial work places

Visualization in Mobile Displays

Wearable Computing

and many more.

While the rest of the world is focused on oil prices and dissecting the arcane language of the Federal Reserve, Microvision investors can instead keep an eye on the rapid and worldwide push to deploy augmented reality tools and applications in environments as varied as industrial service to improved telecasting of soccer matches. Programs like ARTESAS in Germany go a long ways to demonstrating how important developing AR capabilities is to large industrial companies around the world. American Honda's recent launch of a promotion of Nomad to its dealers is the first drop of rain of what will quickly become a torrent of adoption of augmented reality applications for industrial service. Nomad's ability to "enable improvements in customer service and to reduce the time required to perform services and repairs" will not be ignored by the industrial service segment.

Eventually this technology will filter down to the rest of us that aren't fixing cars but rather walking around outside needing information about what we're seeing. The work is being put in, day after day, to bring mainstream consumer AR apps into reality. You don't hear about it on the evening news, but that's what MVIS Blog is here for.

Big thanks to view from afar.


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