When I first wrote about Google Glass (and how it portends to radically alter the fundamental relationship we have with computing) I wasn’t thinking broadly enough. Sure, there have been “heads-up” displays for quite some time. The military has been experimenting with them for probably over a decade. And movies like IronMan showed what a world would look like augmented by data. In fact, there is a whole industry of “augmented reality” applications and software.
And as I thought more broadly about this I began to see a trend emerging, something that wrapped all of these ideas up into a common name. I call it Field of Vision Computing (or FoVC for short).
This computing trend is all about the insertion of computer-generated objects directly into our field of vision without obfuscation. A great example of this is Instabeat’s HUD for swimmers. It analyzes data derived from the swimmer, computes it, and provides visual augmentation without obscuring vision. That is FoVC in a nutshell. Of course, products like GoogleGlass and Recon Jet are examples as well.
It’s understandable, at the time I am writing this blog post, that there is a lot of hype around GoogleGlass (and, more importantly, FoVC). It’s hot and exciting. It’s the NBT (Next Big Thing). But as I pointed out in my initial post, GoogleGlass and all the other products entering the market are just examples of this larger FoVC technology trend (as much as Microsoft Kinnect is an example of Active User Interface). It’s clear to me at least, that no matter how much pushback we see on GoogleGlass or its competitors, FoVC will continue to evolve. We have reached the technological state of maturity to developer even more fine-grained approaches to FoVC.
Don’t be surprised when the FoVC contacts come out…
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Originally posted 2013-05-16 13:00:22.