Widespread Augmented Reality may feel like a futuristic idea, reminiscent of Star Trek and science fiction. However, the inevitability of its integration into our society is all but certain.

Augmented Reality as a platform is already aligned with our current behaviours. We have our heads buried in our phones at all times wanting that fleeting satisfaction given by a Like, Retweet or new follower. We want interaction, we thrive on it, and we yearn for acceptance and social integration. Current Augmented Reality uses mobile, and its personalised experiences are limited in social scope and interaction.

Imagine getting detailed information on everything you’re seeing.

AR Wearables will change everything.

With the behemoth of big marketing and advertising paving the way, Wearables will soon become a part of everyday life. Inconspicuous glasses and contact lenses will overlay peoples’ ordinary reality with an augmented one, connecting them with more information and people than previously possible. Apple, Snap, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon have poured tens of billions into Augmented Reality R&D in both 2016 and 2017, with more expected in 2018.

With AR wearable first person tutorials will further saturate YouTube, mirroring the rapid rise of “show me how” content. Mirror selfies will no longer require an awkward phone being held in one hand. Words written in any language will be instantly translated, even speech can be converted and written out in your personal view. The tourism industry will replace headsets narrating what you’re viewing with 3D overlays and animations. Training and Health and Safety procedures will be cheaper, and easier to moderate results through AR tests and lessons. Nothing will be left unscathed by the Wearable surge.

However the road to AR as an aspect of everyday life hasn’t been a straight line, but a jagged one. In 2011 Google produced a 3.6 kg prototype of Google Glass, and by 2013 managed to drive the weight down to less than an average pair of sunglasses. An initial release in 2014 had limited appeal to the public, mostly due to the recording feature. After reassessing the release strategy, they are now working with Boeing, with the medical industry and it’s even being utilised to help children with autism form social skills.

With all new technologies comes a period of digestion. Even writing in scrolls was at one time accused of being a devious invention, for “how would one remember anything if it’s all written down”. We’re on the precipice of a paradigm shift, much like The Internet’s 1990s boom and the Smartphone surge in 2007, and we at Mixt are excited to be one of the torchbearers.