By: Abdulrahman Abotaleb
A few weeks ago, Apple announced the launch of its latest innovation, “Vision Pro”, which is an Augmented Reality glasses. But Apple is not the only company invests its resources and researches in developing the Augmented Reality (AR) technology. For example, Google has been involved in AR through projects like Google Glass and Google ARCore. Microsoft also has made significant contributions to AR with its HoloLens devices. So does Facebook by exploring AR technologies alongside its virtual reality (VR) efforts through its subsidiary Oculus. Another big companies like Snapchat, Magic Leap and Nvidia have their own contribution in developing the AR technology as well.
AR is a technology giving an interactive experience that enhances the real world with computer-generated perceptual information. Using software, apps, and hardware such as AR glasses, augmented reality overlays digital content onto real-life environments and objects. It’s important to note that the AR landscape is continuously evolving as an emerging technology and this technology is intersecting with the internet ecosystem. AR has the potential to enhance and challenge existing internet architecture in several ways.
In regards to enhancement, AR can provide a more immersive and interactive user experience by blending virtual elements with the real world. This enhances user engagement and provides new avenues for entertainment, health care, education, training, e-commerce, social network and collaboration over the internet. AR can also facilitate more natural and communication experiences. Users can have virtual meetings, conferences, or social interactions in a shared virtual space, creating a sense of presence and improving the real-time collaboration.
But with these benefits of AR technology, the internet architecture faces many challenges in relation to bandwidth and latency, Privacy and Security, Content Delivery and many more issues. AR requires high-speed internet connections and low latency to deliver real-time, interactive experiences. Furthermore, AR applications involve capturing and processing sensory data, which raises concerns about security and privacy.
The existing internet infrastructure may need upgrades to handle the increased data demands of AR applications and it must incorporate strong security measures to protect users’ personal information and devices especially with the current lack of standardized protocols and frameworks for seamless interoperability across different AR platforms and devices.
In summary, while AR has the potential to enhance user experiences and enable new forms of interaction, it also presents challenges related to network infrastructure, privacy, security, content delivery, and standardization. Overcoming these challenges will require collaboration between technology companies, network providers, policymakers, and industry stakeholders to ensure that the internet architecture evolves to support the integration of AR seamlessly.