The future for AR? Unlimited. As it is heavily based on visually manipulating the the actual environment, it could be used for selling websites, such as eBay or Amazon, where sellers could go further than uploading a simple image and text description and create the feeling that you are with this product and can see the angles, shadows and textures that you are looking for. It would also prevent misleading or incorrect selling.
Ikea have already created an augmented reality catalogue, connecting the consumer to the product:
> Connecting Two Worlds: INTERACTIVITY VIA MICROCONTROLLERS <
Raspberry PI, A Logic Game, Arduino Sound Synth and Leap Grid Zone Drone.
A micro-controller is a small, inexpensive computer, usually used for sensing input from the real world and controlling devices based on that input. It is created from a series of interface modules that allow the user to connect sensors, motors, lights, MIDI devices with little or no electronics work.
Using micro-controller's are a really great way to get to grips with the practical side of how connections like these facilitate objects. I like the way they have really simplified it via the use of magnetic connections and despite its younger target audience, they don't feel like toys!
LittleBits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks for creating inventions large and small. Uses a snap together feature with small magnets for prototyping and learning by trial and error targeting it's young demographic.
"put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone, and to break down complex technologies so that anyone can build, prototype, and invent" - LittleBits
I could see this technology being used in elaborate light systems such as huge, organised christmas decorations and events. They could also be used in costumes Arduino - outfits and costumes e.g a cloud
They could also be used in the context of energy saving such as during the night via the use of pressure pads which identity where light is needed. For example when someone walks down a corridor the pressure causes a chain reaction in lighting up the corridor. They detect pressure so will also go off after a certain time of weight inactivity.
This could also lead to using the pressure sensor in a doormat which will be used in replacement of pressing a doorbell. The door mat feature could also be used for wheelchair users who prefer to be hand free. The door would open opposite the way to where you are standing/where the pressure is.