Normally I don’t view National Geographic as a source for breaking tech news but they recently had an interesting article on Augmented Reality.  Augmented Reality is often used to put a layer of virtual information over the real world. For example, if you hold your phone up to the street you could see information about a nearby restaurant – price point and reviews, details about a landmark, and even directions to what’s around the corner. National Geographic suggested that in 2009 Augmented Reality was viewed through your phone, in 2010 it will be viewed through a pair of special glasses (apparently already available for $600) and in 2015 they guessed it would move on to contacts.

As a contact lens wearer and probably one of the last hard contact lens wearers (shout out to gas permeables), I found this idea intriguing. Sure it may be information overload at times, but think about how much smarter our decisions may be if we literally had the knowledge of the web before us as we made daily decisions. Social actions like writing a review on Yelp! or tips on Foursquare then become that much more useful.

Would you want a pair?

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