New Video “Sight” Takes a Look at an Augmented Reality Future

  • BY Justin Alvarez

With the advent of Google Glass and rumors of Apple and Microsoft developing augmented-reality prototypes as well, a question you may ask is whether these products will change our future and, if so, what our future holds. Two grad students from the Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design may have an answer.

Created by Eran May-Raz and Daniel Lazo, Sight takes place in the not-so-distant future where people have retinal implants that digitize the world around them–yes, just like Google’s advertisement for Project Glass. Everything appears in “app” form, from virtual reality games and determining whether leftovers in your fridge will spoil to simply picking an outfit for a date. The upside? You earn points as you live your daily life, where exercise and household chores are transformed into mobile games with digital rewards.

As Lazo told Fast Company, “We were inspired by many present-day apps and several sci-fi movies. But most of the ideas came from us trying to visualize a world where this tech is standard, and what kind of interactions can happen in it.”

The core of the film takes place during a date where the main character, Patrick, uses a dating app called “Wingman” to woo Daphne. Utilizing facial recognition technology, the app is able to assess facial expressions that predict Daphne’s likes/dislikes and emotional state.

There are a number of projections on what this type of technology could be used for, but, as Fast Company notes, it raises a much more important question of “the pervasiveness of and dependence on technology in our lives.” As Daphne recites how she got lost during a run when her Sight crashed, I couldn’t help but relate a similar situation when my GPS crashed during a road trip. I quickly realized that I had no sense of direction without my TomTom. What else is there that I’ve grown so dependent on technology for? It’s a scary thought, and that’s what makes May-Raz and Lazo’s film so chilling, that this vision of the future is not so improbable.

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