Just recently, I read an article about Layar. It defines Layar as a “mobile augmented reality browser”. At first, I did not understand it. What do you mean by “augmented reality”?
Augmented reality (AR) is a field of computer research which deals with the combination of real-world and computer-generated data, where computer graphics objects are blended into real footage in real time (Wikipedia). It is what we see in many sci-fi movies when the characters would put on high tech sunglasses to see different information popping just about everything around them. As mobile phones become better equipped with GPS systems, compasses and accelerometers, AR can now be availed through our phones. By using Layar, a user may set his or her phone to video mode, aims it around and sees all kinds of information pop up on the screen: blinking dots on apartments that are for sale, the values of those units, pull-down reviews of the bar up on the corner or details about sales at a nearby retail store.
So, how do you augment reality? Well, definitely not by going to Belo but just being a tech-o. You just have to embrace this new technology and “augment” reality by all the information it can give.