As augmented reality begins to become more defined, focus is shifting aware from the software and towards the hardware. AR technology is nothing new, but its use has been limited in the past due to the fact that most computer systems could not handle the high demands of the technology. Now, however, more designers and engineers are creating devices capable of utilizing augmented reality to its full potential. AR may be poised for a major leap forward with a new device that is reminiscent to what would be seen in science-fiction.
The Iris tablet is a transparent PC prototype designed by Liu Wei, Yao Kai Chi, Hong Ruei Hong and Cheng Ya Fang, each a renowned technology expert in their own right. The tablet PC is designed with augmented reality in mind, hence its transparent screen. Everything about the device is meant to make use of some form of AR, whether it be navigation, entertainment or creative. Though still in the concept stage, the tablet PC aims to set the standard for AR computing in the future.
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The idea of a transparent, mobile PC is something Apple is no stranger to. The famed tech-company has a long track record of making innovative mobile devices, but a recent patent application suggests that the company may be pursuing something very similar to the Iris. The creators of the Iris are sure that it is well ahead of Apple’s endeavor and expect that their project will prove to be a benchmark that future augmented reality devices should match.