Augmented reality and ubiquitous computing: The hidden potentialities of augmented reality

Nicola Liberati (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

The aim of this paper was to highlight the augmented reality’s potentialities, depicting its main characteristics and focusing attention on what its goal should be in order to have a new technology completely different from those that already exist. From a technological point of view, augmented reality is still in its infancy and so even the general idea of what a good augmented reality should be is still uncertain. Commonly, augmented reality is identified as opposed to the virtual reality because augmented reality merges digital information with the real environment. However, there is another technology, with a different history, which has this same basic goal: ubiquitous computing. The absence of a clear distinction between ubiquitous computing and augmented reality makes it difficult to identify what these two technologies should pursue. I will analyse the main aspects of ubiquitous computing and augmented reality from a phenomenological point of view in order to highlight the main differences and to shed light on the real potentialities of augmented reality, focusing attention on what its goal should be.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-28
JournalAI & society
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Philosophy
  • Augmented reality
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Phenomenology
  • Post-Postphenomenology
  • Philosophy of technology

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