How AR will make the real world work like the digital world

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Everyone says augmented reality will change everything. But how, exactly? Nobody seems clear on that point.

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AR confusion is caused in part by everyone's personal experience with, or personal reading about, actual existing AR applications.

AR, we have learned, is for playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite or getting graphical walking directions on Google Maps with your phone.

But these rudimentary applications don't point to the ultimate outcome of AR going mainstream.

The most revolutionary outcome of AR is that the physical world will function like the digital world -- searchable, hyperlinked and app-enabled.