I was just reading about the latest developments about the Google Glass when I came across one of the many digital buzzwords: the Outernet a.k.a the OuterWeb. Defined as “the explosion of the internet into the real world.” by TrendOne. Or the art of overlaying information from the web on top of real-world objects. Or more simply: one way of describing the application of Augmented Reality in our everyday lives. To help you visualise, here is a brilliant-yet-creepy short-film by Israeli students Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo on how AR at its most extreme could change our lives and human relationships forever:
This is an extrapolation of what Google Glass could become in the (distant) future i.e. just swap the glasses for the retina implants. Yet who is to say it can’t be done? The GG promo video is not that dissimilar after all…a little stretch of the imagination and we are there. Fascinating and creepy at the same time.
For more internet spilling out into the outside world, also check out Ingress (http://www.ingress.com/) by Google if you haven’t already seen it. I recently got an invite to it and have been playing around with it a little. I think its a really cool idea!
Thanks Ben. I have looked it up and ingress is described as Google’s first step into ARGing (Alternate Reality Gaming – another fancy buzzword :). For the non-gamers (like me), those games expand the gameplay beyond your computer or TV screen out into the streets to make you play and interact with real-life places, objects etc. A description of how this particular game works is provided here.