Folks, I haven’t seen any comments on my post in the Continuity thread https://forums.highfidelity.com/t/continuity-in-virtual-spaces/694/14, so I am guessing it didn’t draw much attention, but it is such an important point, so here I’ve created a new topic just for this alone.
It seems likely that whichever virtual environment is first to the post in the implementation of an AR point cloud (See my post in the Continuity thread, linked above), will win a race in which all other players are wiped out. I believe it is that powerful. We can see AR and VR technologies are converging. As explained, HiFi appears to be currently the technically best solution, assuming it can be equipped with continuous options. I personally am anxious to see that the best technical solution wins. We have all seen in the past, cases of the technically best in all kinds of things being beaten into extinction by market forces, usually to the detriment of users. Hopefully all can see also that AR applications are the real world enablers, so this is where the real money is. After AR is empowered with the beginnings of an AR point cloud, and headsets get smaller and lighter, AR users will see all kinds of useful, attractive, creative objects superimposed in the real world wherever they go. They will be wearing these things every waking hour, even in bed. They will never want to take them off. No more need for physical displays. Can you imagine driving your car along a winding hilly road, and you, and everyone else, seeing the road ahead snaking through the hillside, as if you can see right through the hills, night or day? Or sitting in a real world place like a railway platform, watching a 3D character animated dance performance, seemingly interacting with real people, right there on the platform?
Further, using a HiFi avatar in the pure VR space, you could virtually visit a real world meeting, and sit at the real world table, participating in the meeting, with everyone seeing you, and hearing you, as if you were there.
Virtual objects created for the real world would have real world value, not just virtual value, like the objects created only for a virtual world. There will likely come a time when cities will opt for virtual only festive season decorations, which only appear to those who are AR equipped, because it will be capable of fantastical displays not possible in the physical world, and it will still be cheaper, probably community created. It would no longer be necessary to have street lights, or building lights, as everything could be virtually illuminated.
We could choose to exclude ourselves from this new AR enabled world, or become part of it, even instrumental to it. I know which I choose. Which do you you choose? HiFi is leading in the race of pure VR environments. All it needs to switch lanes, and take the lead also in the race of AR compatible VR environments, is to add continuity options, as described in my post there, so as to make it ready for the AR point cloud.
If you are inspired, think of more examples of AR applications that you think would be useful in the real world, and post here in the replies. I suspect (And hope!) this list will grow very long, very fast.