In VH1′s popular show ‘Pop-Up Video,’ little blurbs of information pop-up during a music video. A recent patent from Apple shows a similar type of system in the real world that uses augmented reality.
The ‘Synchronized, interactive augmented reality displays for multifunction devices’ offer informational overlays on buildings and objects in live video. The abstract reads:
A device can receive live video of a real-world, physical environment on a touch sensitive surface. One or more objects can be identified in the live video. An information layer can be generated related to the objects. In some implementations, the information layer can include annotations made by a user through the touch sensitive surface. The information layer and live video can be combined in a display of the device.
Why I am Curious?
There is a new feature for iPad rolling out called Mind Meld. It basically listens to your conversations and pops up relevant information. The combination of Mind Meld and Apple’s “Pop Up” could make communicating about what’s below the surface really interesting.