What is the Future of Wearables?

What does Extended Reality mean? AR is the future of wearable technology. It is defined as “the merging of digital reality with the physical world.” It refers to augmented reality meaning the blending of our digital world with the real world.

Extended Reality XR (also known as X Reality) is an idea pioneered by AppliedVR, to combine two technologies into one: the computer and the wearables. Extended Reality is the bridge between augmented reality, and Virtual Reality, and may have the power to redefine human mobility. AR is simply described as “augmented reality.” AR is computer generated imagery with the help of camera, optics, image processing software and other image display components, which are integrated with real world objects. It uses the latest technologies to deliver virtual reality experiences.

The idea behind it was to enable computer based head worn devices with a complete view of real world to be used anywhere, with complete comfort and freedom of movement. We saw that the Computer could provide the interface between the users and the environment, and also handle all the activities from application launch to operation. By combining these elements, we created a new concept: the user interfaces could be created using glasses or contact lenses, or even a combination of the two. It also allowed us to create a totally natural environment using virtual images taken from the real world. When the information is fed back to the computers, they can create a virtual representation of the world. In essence, AR is about creating an extension of the human body much like the concept of a bonsai tree, where a tree is created by feeding wood to the plant.

AR is still at its earliest stages. There are many challenges to overcome, but there is one significant obstacle that we believe will be overcome soon. That challenge is keeping the battery power supplied by the computer on a constant basis. Currently, most wearable computer devices use a small form of power supplied by the battery.

However, that will change very soon. One of the biggest challenges that we face today is the power crunch. All electronics including computers are becoming more power conscious. Power conservation is now a major consideration for everything from car engines to home appliances to portable entertainment systems. It’s safe to say that the future of mobility will embrace power conserving devices.

Will that bring a revolution in the way we see and use wearables? One theory is that, eventually, all our clothing will have sensors that will pick up heat, perspiration, and other changes in temperature and send that data to a central computer. With this knowledge, the wearables will tell the wearer exactly what to do based on their physical condition, and possibly where they should go to get the right nutrition.

We already know that the brain functions best when it is active. Our thoughts are processed by the brain. This is one of the most important functions of the human body. Will a computer be able to pre-program our brains to operate at optimum levels when we are actively using the device? The obvious answer to that is yes, but if we look at how technology is changing every day we might not see anything very new under the sun in the next few years.

What I think is the most exciting thing about augmented reality is that it brings wearables closer to and allows them to actually interact with the world around us. If you were walking through the park and saw a tree that needs to be trimmed, you could simply pull your walking stick and use the devices hand to trim the tree. If you were in a real life situation, you could grab your walking stick and start mowing the lawn. These things are possible because the computer is telling the device’s processor what needs to be done in the moment. That means that the future of wearables will bring virtual reality to life.