Going out for a meal is a very popular activity, and yet, up till now, has largely avoided the opportunities presented by Augmented Reality.
But this is changing rapidly, and to that end, we have compiled a list of areas in which the advent of virtual and augmented reality technology is going to impact.
For a start there are many unknown factors that we consider when picking where to eat, whether it is child-friendly, for example. Traditionally, Googling the website and reading some online reviews might have been sufficient, but with AR technology, this information is even easier to find.
Apps are being developed to give you an immediate list of restaurants local to your area, delivering a greater understanding of the options available to you. Using GPS technology and your phones camera, the information can then be simply overlaid onto the real world, providing you with instant information about local eateries.
The technology also exists that allows you to actually visualise the meal in 3D before you order it. Given that the aesthetics of a meal has a signficiant impact on the overall experience, this seems like an excellent way to ensure your dining experience is a good as possible. The amount of information your brain takes in visually is astounding, and visualising the meal before it arrives is a great way to decide if you want it or not. There is also the suggestion that this kind of technology can make the service process more efficient, especially if the restaurant is short staffed.
Augmented reality also allows for the possibility of allergy information to be overlaid over dishes, so as to help avoid any accidental ingestion. This adds a level of convenience to a process that is often made quite difficult due to the relative incomprehensibility of food labels, imagine this integrated into the shopping experience, selection of produce by those with allergies could become much easier.
Finally, Augmented Reality provides a great opportunity for advertisers, providing an easy way to get their brands exposed to a large audience. Bringing the menu to life is an excellent way for marketers to entice customers towards their products.