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Future phones will recognize buildings and people by sight and replace reality with something better. They'll also have roll-out HD displays. Or projectors. Or they'll dock with your PC's display. At least, that's the vision of some visual-computing visionaries at this week's Multicore Expo, inspired by the graphic and computing …

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luddite

Why?

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Satnav

Heads-up display sat nav, please? A sat nav that can recognise the correct turn to make, and superimpose it onto your windscreen. That would be cool.

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better idea

A phone that can analyse its surroundings and then tell you where the nearest ATM is.

I would kill for that.

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why?

exactly - why? Why would anyone want more information about things? Next we'll have some kind of interconnected system of computers that give us information about things that we search for. And people will waste their time 'surfing' that information. Yeah right, like that'll ever catch on.

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Perhaps, but the roll-up full-color OLED has been "just over the horizon" for a number of years

Boone had one in Earth:Final Conflict. And a cool gun which lived up his sleeve. Can we have one of those next?

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CPU, not a display resolution

I happen to be an author of the "simple game for the Nokia N95" , mentioned in the article (which can be downloaded at www.cellagames.com BTW).

The main hardware stabling block for AR devices is not a screen resolution, but CPU. Existing mobile CPU's are barely able to handle image processing for 230x240 resolution. In fact I've discussed this in blog here (address shortened by tinyurl):

http://tiny.cc/DnCX9

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Anonymous Coward

I got

I gotta great idea, why don't they start making phones a sensible size again, so you can have a good watchable screen, room for a decent digital arial, and a nice usable keypad/touchpad.

Small isn't better all the time, it's just small and awkward, and new phones/mp3 players are small and stupid.

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Quite

It just goes to show you can't be too careful.

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Stop

Not AR if it's on a screen

Since when do people walk around the place looking at a screen to see where they're going - if you have to look at a screen then it's augmented virtual reality (AVR), or something? You've gotta be able to look through it for it to be really good. So sunglasses, or contact lenses.

Then computer viruses suddenly become a lot scarier - something which makes you see a big, nasty alien monster thing coming towards you through Tesco, maybe?

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