Advent Calendar 2009

12 - The Future of Social Networking with Augmented Reality

Welcome to the trans­par­ent life of the future. Although this might be a bit off top­ic, I want­ed to include it here in the advent spe­cial as well. Matthew Buckland from South Africa, head of, deliv­ered a strik­ing and bril­liant pre­sen­ta­tion about the Future Of Social Networking. He out­lines how infor­ma­tion about peo­ple, objects and loca­tions could become instant­ly acces­si­ble with the next gen­er­a­tion of mobile devices. The mock­ups are excel­lent and the vision is not too aloof to become true one day. Have a look at this vision­ary pre­sen­ta­tion below:

What came to my mind instant­ly was the MIT Media Lab project Sixth Sense from Pranav Mistry, which was made famous in the TED talk from Pattie Maes (see bonus video below). In a sim­i­lar way, sixth­sense would be the ide­al inter­face to inter­act with the infor­ma­tion made avail­able as envi­sioned in Matthew Buckland’s slides. And again, the demo shows that this is not too far away. It will be excit­ing to look back on this post in 5 years and see how much of these visions have become real­i­ty and how they will have trans­formed our life and inter­ac­tions by then.


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