Augmented Reality Smart City

Smart cities largely exist in the abstract for the general public. Often, there are fewer cars, a lot of greenery, maybe even hovercraft. But a “smart city” could arguably be hidden in objects residents already accept as part of their urban environment. Technology company Inowize was asked by a major telecommunication company, Telekom, to create an augmented reality experience so that people could see a realistic futuristic model of what a smart city might look like. In 2017 at the Internet Mobile World Conference hosted by T-Mobile, Inowize made a model city, almost like a 3D blank canvas, and built an augmented reality program showing smart lighting, smart parking, traffic, and even smart furniture, for those who have trouble getting excited about just the infrastructure. To see it, a user just had to point a phone, tablet, or strap on a headset. What it really showed to participants, ranging from decision-makers to tech enthusiasts, was a realistic model of a smart city and how adding technology to infrastructure could ultimately improve the health and efficiency of the city, both in terms of the residents and the built environment. A hovercar and skyscrapers filled with plants can still be a part of the visage of the smart city in people’s minds, but the nitty-gritty of the smart city starts to become more integrated, and thus is born as a realistic possibility for the future. It isn’t clear if this AR experience has been applied elsewhere yet, but the concept and activity could certainly be applied to a variety of audiences interested in smart cities.

“Augmented Reality Smart City.” Inowise, 2018.


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