Monday, September 26, 2022

Augmented reality is not quite here yet

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While augmented reality has long been touted as the “next big thing,” it hasn’t quite happened. Quite basic logistical problems arise. Headsets are too clunky, there aren’t a lot of decent apps, and the setup process can be a mess. But companies like Microsoft, Google, and (potentially) Apple are working on these issues, with the ultimate goal of creating mixed reality devices at the consumer level. AR happens whether people are prepared to wait for it or not.

This week on Gadget Lab, we chat with WIRED Digital Director Brian Barrett about the future of mixed reality and when we’ll all be wearing AR glasses.

Show Notes

Read Lauren’s story on Mixed Reality Headsets and Microsoft Mesh here. Learn more about HoloLens 2 here. Learn more about AR “Mirrorworld” here. Track all of WIRED’s AR coverage here. Read Lily Hay Newman’s story for Slate on how baths are better than showers here.


Brian recommends the novel A children’s bible by Lydia Millet. Lauren recommends taking a bath. Mike recommends mobile gaming Really bad failures for ios or Android.

Brian Barrett can be found on Twitter @Brbarrett. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snack. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar keys.

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WIRED Brand Lab is a creative studio of the publisher of WIRED. WIRED editorial staff are not involved in the creation of Brand Lab content.

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