Augmented Reality for work and play: From Star Wars to IoT

Augmented reality is now helping fans get right into their favorite TV shows and movies. Disney’s recent D23 Expo showed Disney fanatics all the new things happening in the world of “The Mouse”—in particular, Lenovo and Lucasfilm announced a new augmented reality game called Jedi Challenges.

TechCrunch reports how the AR headset and accompanying lightsaber controller allows players to jump into the Star Wars realm as a Jedi. While the teaser doesn’t tell eager Star Wars fans much about the upcoming game, reports say the headset comes with cameras for tracking movement and a smartphone display with reflective lenses.

AR and VR technologies let users experience immersive multimedia in completely new ways. Virtual worlds are available for people to jump in and out of, with simulated environments there to interact with other players as well.

Cisco’s Mobile Visual Networking Index forecasts that global Augmented Reality traffic will increase 7-fold between 2016 and 2021, with players using 20 petabytes per month globally in 2021. One petabyte is 1024 terabytes, or one million gigabytes—so that means you can expect a ton of AR traffic!

The company is focusing on innovating for the AR world as well. DevNet Create was Cisco’s first developers conference, held in San Francisco of May this year. A huge topic for attendees at this Developers Network event was the Internet of Things and building innovative interactions.

Yosun Chang, hacker-in-residence for AReality3D, presented to DevNet Create attendees about how to build AR for the Internet of Things—specifically, interfaces that allow users to interact with reality in very intuitive ways. By pairing her Augmented Reality app with self-learning thermostat Nest, Chang was able to walk through a house and see the temperatures of things through her interface.

AR and VR in everyday situations will skyrocket in the next five years, so prepare your headsets now. From work to play, simulated realities will always keep you on your toes.

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