There are three major computing trends finally converging, that can allow the spatial-internet like future that we’ve been promised by science fiction for decades.
The first is incredibly powerful processing on smartphones. The second is very powerful cloud infrastructure for smartphones to talk to. And the third is advancements in computer vision that let the devices in our pockets make sense of the world visually at a speed and precision that wasn’t possible until recently.
It won’t be too long before you’re able to walk to a real location on earth, invite someone else to join you in that location from the comfort of their home, and interact with them in six degrees of freedom, as if they were embodied in that space, with only the device you already own.
You’ll be able to interact with this location through your phone, or in a headset if you wanted, or just using the desktop browser you already use – ultimately, what is coming is a spatial internet where digital information is tied to physical spaces, with the kind of precision required to mirror real objects.
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