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by Michele Marques, Information Developer Specialist, Digital Service Management


Augmented Reality is starting to become useful. For example, on a trip to Japan, I was able to translate instructions for a toilet into English. I opened Google Translate on my phone, and used camera mode to translate the image. If you didn't realize that a toilet might need instructions, check the pictures in this article.


The instructions didn't come with augmented reality - and I'm not sure how much I really wanted to visualize or explore the instructions. But the augmented reality side of Google Translate helped me bridge my illiteracy in Japanese.


This was a cool experience and made me wonder whether augmented reality is now ready for use as technical documentation.

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  Here are a few links that I found:


What has your experience been with augmented reality?


The postings in this blog are my own and don't necessarily represent BMC's opinion or position.