Photo sharing service Instagram allows you to add all sorts of filters to your snapshots giving them the appearance of having been taken on an old Kodachrome or similar retro camera. It's pretty addictive to use — so addictive, in fact, that someone came up with the idea of applying Instagram filters to real life via a pair of Insta-branded augmented reality glasses.
Here's how the glasses would work: A built-in 5-megapixel camera would constantly be taking video of everything you see while wearing them. Moments later, those images would be run through a processor that would apply your favorite Instagram filter to the world, and show you the results on the built-in lenses. And, if there's a moment you want to capture forever, you can just press a button on the glasses to automatically upload a snapshot of what you're looking at to Instagram. It's a pretty simple use for the upcoming class of augmented reality glasses, but it's a pretty compelling one. After all, on a less frivolous level, certain filters could make it easier for vision-impared users to see the world.
Now, before you get too excited, these glasses are just a concept for now — you can't just run off to Amazon.com and order yourself a pair yet. And given the kind of delay between the camera taking the picture and the glasses displaying it for you, well, these glasses would be virtually unusable if you planned to walk and not be disoriented at the same time. Still, this kind of tech is definitely the future — especially if Apple and Google have anything to say about it.
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