Pokemon Go was not just the biggest trend of last summer; the most significant aspect of the game developed by Niantic was probably another: it gave us a glimpse of the future world where augmented reality will not only be a technology used for fun, but a normal part of our lives. “Pokemon Go is just one of the first examples,” confirms Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, Professor at Berkley University. “Interaction with augmented reality will not longer take place through the keyboard of a computer or smartphone, because we will be directly immersed in the network.”
Expanding on the same example, Pokemon will no longer appear on smartphone screens but directly in the environment we see, thanks to devices that will be increasingly integrated with our bodies. Although Google Glass did not achieve the success expected, this does not mean the idea was wrong but more likely that we were not ready yet. Plus on an experimental level, the integration of body and technology is already much further along: “The first experiments that inserted brain chips for health and IT purposes date back about ten years,” Sangiovanni-Vincentelli reminds us.