SkyView is an application that lets the user see various constellations and planets/moons through their camera. Users can locate where they are in relations to various celestial objects. Integrating this technology into AR glasses could be a great first step to a fully AR enabled world since all that is required is a smartphone-level camera, GPS, and a gyroscope. The only thing currently missing is the ability to place transparent images in front of the human eye at full or near full field of vision without bulky, expensive, and unfashionable equipment.
Other data sources could be easily added. One could be the weather. A user could simply look at some clouds to determine what type of clouds they are, the direction they are traveling, what speed they are traveling, and how likely they are to rain on the user. Warnings could also be displayed to the user by changing the sky color and displaying the alert in the sky. The sky could also be overlaid with the atmosphere of another planet, say Mercury. This would literally allow users to customize the real world to their preferences. The app could also alert the user to any meteor showers and highlight them in the sky. Alternatively, the app could simply “create” a meteor shower for the user.
The orbits of the earth around the sun could also be shown to tell the user how much sunlight they have left and showing, in real time, the path the sun will take and how long it will take to get there. For example, a mark could be placed in the trajectory of the sun at the horizon that says, “6pm” to signify that at 6pm, the sun will reach that point and will no longer be visible. The same could be applied to the moon for nighttime.
Another overlay could be travel. Here is Chicago, an app could get the location of buses and trains and display their locations in the sky to show where they are in relation to the user. This could also be extended to show the position of various points of interest. Users could also keep track of friends and family’s travel progress this way. For example, a user waiting for a family member at an airport could simply look up to see where the plane is.
Yet another could simply be video or textual popups that display information about the celestial object the user is looking at. The user could simply look at the moon and see a video of the moon landing or look at Mars and see a live feed of a Mars rover. Additionally, the app could allow users to “zoom” in on various objects. For example, a user could look at the moon and zoom in for a closer look, as if looking through a telescope.
There could be some downsides to this, however. Having this much information could be overstimulating to the user, causing headaches or nausea. On the opposite side of the spectrum, people could become “addicted” to having this level of information about their environment and be unable to go without wearing their glasses.