There was a time when the definitions between reality and virtual reality were distinct, when people explored the virtual world with their computer and explored the real world with their physical self. That line, however, is now blurred. With the dawning and recent rise of augmented reality, both are now combined, generating the biggest thing to develop in the technological world since the invention of mobile broadband. Although defined with technical jargon, augmented reality is basically using technology to interact with the real world. Or in other words, using a smart phone or a computer with a web cam to interact with real life things. Actually, this new digital concept has been around for quite some time. When watching a football or hockey game, the network will add certain digital aspects - like a highlighted puck or a 1st down line - to the broadcast in order to help the viewer see what is occurring and keep them up-to-date on all of the action. At the same time, sports scores from other games are constantly listed at the bottom of the screen, keeping the viewer knowledgeable at all times. Both of these are basic examples of augmented reality. Lately, however, augmented reality has infiltrated mainstream society even more, seen especially through advertising. On the sides of certain Coca-Cola bottles, a picture or graphic is printed on the label. If you log on to the company's Web site, follow a few instructions and hold the graphic up to your web cam, an interactive advertisement will pop out of the graphic on your computer screen. But even with sports and advertisements, things are now beginning to get much more advanced. People can actually leave their house and, with the use of their smart phone or laptop, use this new reality to interact with almost anything in the world. Anyone can simply walk down the street and easily access information about almost anything he or she sees. For example, lets say that there is a building for sale in a prominent part of town. Instead of just grabbing a flyer or calling the number on the appraiser sign to find out more information, you can simply use your Iphone to find out everything you want to know. Through the use of the web came and a fast mobile WiMax or wireless Internet connection, the device will instantly download and access all relevant information pertaining to that building. Listing price, appraiser information, current history, address, all of these things can be immediately seen. But the fun does not just revolve solely around the possession of a smart phone or a laptop, there are actually new technologies being developed solely for the utilization and amelioration of augmented reality. These devices use either mobile air cards, a 4G network or other type of Internet connection to access all relevant information pertaining to the set preferences of an individual. In the near future, with one of these devices, people can go shopping and through the use of a web cam, discover which products are environmentally friendly within split seconds. And that is just one example; the possibilities are endless. But for now, sit back and enjoy the little tidbits of augmented reality that already exist in your life. In five years, you are going to see a lot more of it around. Access the Internet from anywhere with clear wireless and start participating in the augmented reality evolution. With clear wireless internet you can stay ahead of the curve and find out exactly where augmented reality is heading.
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