Silent Disco + Augmented Reality = AR Rave
Before entering the installation people would be given a special jump suit with AR markers printed onto it to wear. They would also be given a pair of augmented reality glasses. This technology already exists, the Wrap 920AR glasses from Vuzix use two LCD video displays connected to video cameras that sit outside the glasses in front of the eyes. The screens show each eye a slightly different view of the world, mimicking natural human vision, which allows for depth perception. Accelerometers, gyro sensors, and magnetometers track the direction in which the wearer is looking. The glasses also come with ports that let users plug it into an iPhone for portable power and controls, such as loading a particular AR object or environment.
When entering the installation, the user will become involved in a highly immersive experience. When they look at one of the AR markers placed around the installation or on the jumpsuits people are wearing, an AR animation will be generated and overlaid onto their view of the real world.
This use of technology to create a highly engaging and surreal environment would be an amazing way to enhance an interactive experience. With silent discos a popular addition at many festivals, this could be seen as the next step in mixing entertainment with technology. As the application of augmented reality develops, more advanced hardware will make it easier and more efficient. Within the next decade AR contacts will be a reality, allowing people to make augmented reality an everyday part of their lives.