[AR] is closely aligned with the domains of ubiquitous computing
[UC] and wearable computers.
Ubiquitous computing, once known as "embodied virtuality",
aims to express the exact opposite to the concept of virtual
The greatest difference between AR and UC is that UC does not
focus on the disappearance of conscious and intentional interaction
with an information system as much as AR does.
UC systems such as pervasive computing devices usually maintain
the notion of explicit and intentional interaction which often blurs
in typical AR work.
The theory of Humanistic Intelligence [HI], however, also challenges
this semiotic notion of signifier and signified.
HI is intelligence that arises from the human being in the feedback
loop of a computational process in which the human is inextricably
intertwined, and does not typically require conscious thought or
effort. In this way, HI, which arises from wearable Computer Mediated
Reality, shares a lot in common with AR.
Others define UC as a subset of AR's original goal, but as time
has passed, it has come to be understood as representing the whole
domain of AR.
Future Of Ubiquitous Computing
This video briefly explores the future of ubiquitous computing
in terms of the Apple iPhone interface. The iPhone is said to be
the first multimedia device to bring ubiquitous computing and multi-touch
technology to the mass consumer market.