There are scores of new devices on the horizon that are designed to alter and enhance the way we interact both with the world around us, and with entirely new digital worlds. These interfaces give us access to new experiences, extending our sensory abilities and overlaying our experiences with layers of illuminating data.
From augmented reality workplace training to holographically enhanced surgeries, the future of digital interfaces will impact virtually every aspect of our lives. Most of us today think of digital interfaces as portals to alternate or artificial versions of reality. But over time, these digital realities will begin to play a more constant and primary role in our lives. The interfaces we use to access them will no longer simply be occasionally helpful tools or temporary forms of diversion—they will arguably become our means of existence.
Every aspect of our perceived reality is increasingly shaped by devices, platforms, and content that intervene between our senses and the “real-life” physical world. The makers of our digital interfaces will have immeasurable influence on our psyches and behaviors.
Consumer market analyst IDC determined that total spending on augmented and virtual reality spending will continue to grow, hitting $18.8 billion in 2020, and that the total market size could balloon to $200 billion by 2024.
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