The last post considered “AR as speech” and the need for sharing controls that will be necessary to allow for a harmonious sharing of Augmented Reality.

Platform Selection

Discounting AR for a moment, when users decide to share something online, they make a decision about which platform to use: Facebook, Instagram, Medium, Reddit, Pinterest, Yelp, or Twitter — each designed to enable a specific type of authorship and sharing. …

Previous posts in this series have been about foundational AR technology already being built and deployed. This post will branch in a new direction, summarizing issues surrounding rights and permissions in AR — proposing some answers to the questions about who controls the creation and display of virtual augmentations in our real world spaces.

These questions have been posed before, often voiced with a palpable anxiety — “What if someone defaces my property in AR?” Articles from Slate, Techcrunch, NewScientist, Wired, FastCompany, and several more tech journalism sites exemplify a growing concern without solution — and while some of this coverage extends the long tradition of stoking techno-FUD for clicks, there are a number of legitimate concerns worthy of discussion. Furthermore, while early AR applications today are largely frivolous, the recent availability of persistence in AR, we should expect to see a wide range of digital content and services distributed via mobile AR interfaces. …

Since first appearing in a cellular phone twenty years ago, GPS has provided billions of dollars in value annually to mobile device users. With the maturing world of IoT coming online, the importance of GPS is increasingly evident. However, in the nascent world of Augmented Reality, while still foundational to AR Cloud infrastructure, GPS alone is not sufficient for the purposes of building AR. …

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