Augmented reality is a digitally enhanced view of the world. In other words, a technology that layers a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, providing a composite view. It’s as if Pop Up Video was real life and had content that we actually give a shit about it.
For example, this:
CaixaBank has created an app designed to facilitate following stock markets via smartwatches, and locating branches and converting currencies through Google Glass’ augmented reality.
Google Glass users can search for the nearest branch of the Spanish bank, and be supplied with their distance from it, the direction in which to travel and a contact telephone number.
Currency conversions are activated when the user activates the app and focuses the glasses on a product’s price tag. he equivalent amount will appear superimposed on the screen using augmented reality. The service allows users to choose any input and output currencies in the world.
For your smart phone, Navitime for Japan Travel is available for free for iOS and Android devices. The app helps navigate you through the murky world of locating free wi-fi in Japan, although it still has some kinks:
But the app can be unreliable as an AR guide. Not only can you suddenly find yourself getting farther away from a destination when trying to approach it, your device can easily lose its location signal.
In the vernacular: your mileage may vary. Literally.