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Google Glass is a pair of glasses that double as a display screen.
You can see the world as-is through them, and data can be
displayed about the things you see. That's Augmented Reality in
Virtual Reality uses goggles that contain screens only.
you see on the
screen is a created image, unreal.
Modified reality adds a stereo camera-pair to the VR goggles, so
that it can
present a real-world image on the screen whenever wanted.
However, in-between the image-taking and the image-
the computer can process the image to present the wearer with
For example, you could be walking down a crowded street, and
you won't bump into anyone simply because the locations of
on the walkway will be Real --but their images might be
so that 1/5 of them look like Klingons, 1/5 of them look like Jar
Jar Binks, 1/5 of them are unchanged in appearance, children
like velociraptors, and so on. This particular use might help
people of xenophobia.
For another example, cars might look like contraptions from Dr.
Seuss or Rube Goldberg, but since their modified images still
occupy the same
as real cars, you won't collide with them any more frequently
you collide with ordinary-looking cars.
For another example, ordinary buildings can look like ancient
even-more-ancient "cyclopean"-style structures (made from
enormous stone blocks). Or every 4th one might look like a
And so on. Could this be the "killer app" that encourages
everyone to wear VR goggles?
||"In-between Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality"
||Arguably it should be used for public surveillance cameras: only when a crime has been reported (or noticed) does the system defantasticize the feed.
||Difficult to achieve, as Jar Jar Binks is decidedly taller and
lankier than much of the population. I'm not certain what
you do about his floppy ears, either.
||[RayfordSteele], the percentages of modified people-
images don't have to be 1/5. And of course smaller
percentages could allow a larger variety of different aliens
to appear to be walking along.
||[bigsleep], I don't know that I did or did not ever read your
||A recent term that has some popular usage is mixed reality.
Magic Leap (and several others) are attempting to use light
fields in a way that goes way beyond what Google Glass can
||Enhance the system with facial recognition and loadable
avatar models and you could selectively replace individuals
with a more pleasing or personality-fitting appearance: that
surly, ugly, brutish person who frequently makes your life
hell might be represented as Jessica Rabbit or as a Klingon,
||There's a whole new revenue stream for the movie studios
and CGI creators in creating the loadable avatars.
||This is an application of AR. No need for a new buzzword.
||Whatever happened to taking good, old-fashioned hallucinogens?
||I was thinking about this more in the terms of beautifying
reality. You live in a neighborhood where things don't look so
pleasant? Well, a VR skin is cheaper then moving to a more
||//a VR skin is cheaper then moving to a more expensive
||"Oh, I'm being charmingly mugged by a local shepherd on
this beautiful alpine pasture!"