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Washington Post: ‘Augmented Reality’ Fuses Your World and the Web

November 20, 2009

… from the Washington Post

“The cameras on some new phones don’t show the world as you’ve known it.

“Instead of just viewing the usual landscape of people, places and things on their screens, you see circles, rectangles and icons floating on top of the scenery. Tap one to display a snippet of Internet data about whatever lies behind that tag. As you look around, the view on the phone’s display shifts accordingly, presenting new shortcuts to whatever the Web knows about your surroundings.

“The concept goes by the name “augmented reality,” and it’s been quietly bringing one of the Internet’s hokiest promises to a mainstream audience.”

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