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Augmenting Sense of Place

In the first of a two-part series on augmented reality, Mitchell Schwarzer discusses how this new form of information affects our sense of place.

"The contemporary convergence of mobile phone, camera, wireless Internet and satellite communication - the key ingredients of the digital handheld - accelerates the reconstitution of place from real, occupied space to a collage of here and there, past and present. But digital technology's effects do not only blast us out of place; they also bore us into the sights right in front of us - those in our viewfinder. Our sense of place is augmented by information wired from the World Wide Web. Part of the information comes from media conglomerates. Much of it streams at us from our social networks and online acquaintances. The information allows us to peruse unseen depths of the place we're in. We have the opportunity to gain a better or different sense of place anywhere we travel within the network's reach."

Schwarzer begins his series with a take on historical precedents to what we today know as augmented reality.

Full Story: A Sense of Place, A World of Augmented Reality: Part 1

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