BBC reveals some of its experiments with augmented reality


British broadcaster the BBC has been experimenting with smartglasses – augmented-reality specs – to explore what potential these devices might have for television in the future.

“The immersive nature of augmented reality, effectively projecting holograms into your eyes and enabling you to physically interact with those holograms, could offer exciting new ways to watch TV, access the news and learn about subjects in a far more effective way than has ever been possible before,” reckons the Beeb’s Cyrus Saihan, who’s published a blog post explaining what the broadcaster has been up to.

And what is that? Holographic learning content based on the solar system, DNA and brain neurons; a floating mid-air BBC News broadcast; and “a holographic big TV screen experience that lets you choose what to watch from a range of different performers at Glastonbury, or select which tennis match you want to watch at Wimbledon”. Cue ‘watch Glastonbury while sitting in your garden’ visions of the future.

The BBC used the Magic Leap smartglasses for its experiments, and is pleased with the results, while noting some of the current barriers to this tech going mainstream: the glasses are “still quite bulky” and they have a limited field of view, for example.

Stuart Dredge

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