What if I told you, there is a real version of the “Mirror of Erised” from Harry Potter, the mirror that can reflect a person’s true desires when looking at it, and no one else will see the same thing. For example, when Harry tried to show Ron his parents in the mirror, Ron, instead, saw himself as a Quidditch team captain, holding the Quidditch cup.
The truth is “Parallel Reality” is even a better version of that magical mirror. It is similar to Augmented Reality but without any assistance of tablets or special glasses. Unlike the “Mirror of Erised” which can only allow one viewer at a time, a Parallel Reality display, at the same time, can show thousands of people their own personalised information, advertising, and so on, in the viewer’s language.
NO! That is not from my imagination. The fact that in 2009, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created a basis for calibrating future multi-view displays, providing “correct eye gaze for multiple users”. Moreover, Parallel Reality is now available at Misapplied Science.
Parallel Reality can be a fantastic marketing application for any company to reach its target customers by providing personalised advertising not only on public digital billboards, but also on mobile devices. On November 2016, there was a digital billboard in Moscow which changed the ads displayed, based on the brand of a car that drove past. This was achieved by utilising high-speed cameras to recognise the make, model, and year of vehicles. However, this can only be considered as an early version of Parallel Reality.
Parallel Reality utilises Artificial Intelligence for facial recognition and data collection techniques, to provide the optimal information to the viewer. There will be no longer be any irrelevant information shown. People will only see what they want to see.
However, will that be a good thing? Will customers miss out things that would be interesting to them and will a company lose its potential customers?
This is something we need to consider.