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Augmented Reality – Recreating Reality in Our Own Image

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It is true: there is nothing new under the sun. But we sure find the most incredible ways to do nothing new under the sun. Once upon a time, there was reality; and we made reality more interesting through storytelling and the imagination. Lately, Augmented Reality is breaking the boundary between what is imagined and what is experienced as real.

Again, there is nothing new under the sun. We have spent over a century in search of new ways to bring our imaginations to life. Carlo  Collodi gave us The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883)–stories of Geppetto’s puppet, Pinocchio, dreaming of being a real boy. Pinocchio was very much alive, though made of wood. Caryn Bailey reminds us of The Enchanted Drawing (1900), the first live-action/animated silent film that would kick off the Twentieth Century.

Who can forget Mary Poppins, with Dick Van Dyke dancing with a group of animated penguins, or The Incredible Mr. Limpet, with Don Knotts’ adventures as a cartoon fish? Those films amazed audiences. Cartoonists were able to create the impossible. Their very creations–what was once thought to forever be confined to the imagination–now appeared to be interacting with the real world elements in the motion picture. It added …

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