The End of SmartPhones?

Smartphones have been such a huge phenonomen, it is hard to imagine them looking like last year’s fad. But consider this

During a demo of (FAcebook’s) vision for augmented reality — in the form of a pair of easy-to-wear, standard-looking glasses — (CEO Mark Zuckerberg)  showed how you could have a virtual “screen” in your living room, bigger than your biggest TV.

“We don’t need a physical TV. We can buy a $1 app ‘TV’ and put it on the wall and watch it,” Zuckerberg told USA Today ahead of his keynote. “It’s actually pretty amazing when you think about how much of the physical stuff we have doesn’t need to be physical.”

And I was just thinking of buying a TV! Now consider this

… it’s not just TVs. This philosophy could extend to smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, fitness trackers, or anything else that has a screen or relies on one to work. Zuckerberg even showed off a street art installation that’s just a blank wall until you wave the Facebook camera app over it to reveal a mural.

That would include your smartphone.  If this happens, it is a decade or so off. For now, it is just a pretty audacious challenge to the other tech giants, Apple, Google, et al.

Did I say audacious? Very audacious!

In the meantime, we can expect all of the tech big boys to start developing AR platforms. They all see AR as the next big thing. and they all want AR developers to use their platform. AR developers? Do these guys exist yet?

This could get pretty wild.


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