In a few hours, I’ll get to use Apple Vision Pro for the first time. It’s frankly a moment I’ve been waiting for since April 4, 2012.
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On that day, Google released a short video called “Project Glass: One day…” on YouTube. This “early concept video that was made when Project Glass was just getting started” profoundly shaped my vision of the future. It made a compelling case of what to expect from augmented reality and how it can be used in your day-to-day life. I think it’s still the best “demo” of AR to have ever been released.
It ingrained the idea that augmented reality is what comes after the smartphone, and that the next stage of technology involves relevant information being overlaid in your line of sight exactly when you need it. Meanwhile, I made the jump to how unlimited high-resolution floating screens that are so much bigger than a phone’s display could replace laptops and desktops for productivity, as well as TVs and game consoles on the entertainment front. In many ways, glasses (which might eventually include contact lenses) might be the last form factor before we get into the wild world of brain–computer interfaces and implants.
Given the pace of mobile technology and miniaturization at the time, as well as youth-based naiveté, I thought the post-smartphone era was not too far away. I additionally believed Google would…
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