Imagine being in one of those movie scenes where you have to defuse the ticking time bomb. Now imagine that instead of getting nervous verbal instructions via phone, you actually had a pair of holographic hands guiding yours to a successful solution. This is now a reality.
The applications of augmented reality, usually including a smartphone or special glasses, have slowed the adoption of this amazing technology. But now interactive firms are finding ways to deploy AR into the real world, where the only tool is your mind.
Let's be honest, no matter how outlandish some of those "future vision" videos produced by various companies are, they're always fun to watch. But sometimes the visions in the video are so tantalizingly real and within reach, hilarity turns into very real excitement. Microsoft just pulled that off.
Fans of the Iron Man movies will remember the amazing scenes of Tony Stark manipulating a holographic interface as he discovers the element vibranium. Now a real lab has concocted a similar method of studying molecules using augmented reality.
Augmented reality gets a fair bit of attention from the advertising world excited about the possibilities, but the technology's main area of growth is still in the world of art with pieces like the new Hyper(reality) construct.
In car GPS makes it easy to find your way, but stare at that little screen for too long and you might run into the car ahead. The Wikitude Drive app for Android fixes that problem, by superimposing your route onto a live image of the road.
As we age, looking at ourselves in the mirror can get pretty depressing. This electronic "mirror" lets you tweak your features just like a good editor using Photoshop, but using a live picture that can be changed on the fly.
Arcade style racing games are fun, but wouldn't they be much more realistic if they were actually moving? The specially modified version of the classic 1980s arcade game OutRun does just that, by building the game console into a golf cart.
When our cars are finally smart enough to drive themselves, we're going to suddenly have a lot of extra time on our hands. What's going to keep us entertained while we get where we're going? Dassault systems got together with some concept designers to imagine what it might be like.
The history of modern cities has been indelibly co-written with the artistic flourishes of the city's street artists. Now one tech-enabled crew has taken that dynamic to the next level by subverting the very life blood of our concrete jungles, advertising.