One of my favorite applications to share with people is Wikitude. Wikitude is considered an “augmented reality” application. Basically, with Wikitude, it uses the compass, gps and camera on an Android phone or iPhone to give you details about what you’re looking at and what is surrounding you. Say you’re looking at the Alamo with Wikitude. A small bubble pops up telling you that you’re looking at the Alamo and if you click on the bubble, it opens the Wikipedia page for the Alamo. It’s an extremely fun and handy application, especially when you’re traveling.
The next step is using an augmented reality application tied with facial recognition. Right now, face.com’s Photo Finder for Facebook is providing astonishingly accurate results. You can sign up for an invitation (you know you want it) for free.
Soon, the applications, the phones and the mobile speeds will be sufficient for you to be walking through a crowd and be able to identify who a person is via their social networks. In fact, a company called TAT is working on application called augmented ID. augmented ID will allow a person to connect their social networks to their ID, then share them depending on the time of day.
What do you think about the convergence of these technologies? Will it continue pushing the the end of our false sense of privacy? Will it make meeting people more fun? Weigh in, the comments section await.