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Will the future offer augmented reality dating?

By now, the probability that you know or have known a couple who “met online and it worked out” is considerably higher than before, since the number of people using online dating services has risen in the last decade. The fact is that online dating is a multi-million dollar business and is still growing. People are beginning to get over the online dating stigma and it has become socially acceptable not only in the younger population groups but in a broader way. What is popular now? What does technology have to offer in this segment? What is augmented reality?


Online dating

Nowadays, the public opinion about online dating has dramatically shifted to positive. After all, there has been a massification of online dating and dating apps. Most adults, not just young ones, believe that online dating is a very good way to meet new people and you probably are hearing a lot more “online love stories” today than you did back in the day.

Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps. The game-like feeling provided by the funny “swipe” mechanism probably had something to do with it, but the easy set-up and the mass adhesion also contributed. It became popular as a dating app for your mobile device but it is also available on your PC. Login tinder online.


What is augmented reality?

Augmented reality is often confused with virtual reality, but it is important to know the difference in this particular case, since applying one or another in the dating world will bring very different results.

We all know that virtual reality replaces the real world with a computer simulated one, but augmented reality aims to alter your perception of reality. Instead of replacing, the aim is to enhance your current perception of reality, through a direct or indirect view of the environment. The elements of this environment are enhanced by computer-generated sensory inputs such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.

Augmented reality needs a rendering system to work such as optical projection systems, monitors, handheld devices, eyeglasses, HUDs, or even contact lenses

Augmented reality has been developed and applied to a very wide variety of areas, with great results, such as archaeology, education, architecture, visual art, greeting cards, emergency management, search and rescue, spatial immersion and interaction, sports and entertainment, tourism and sightseeing, industrial design, medical areas and gaming.

And there have been very good results in some areas. In the medical field, an augmented reality device is used, for example, to project the unseen veins on the patient’s skin. This technology has many other applications in this field, such as showing a surgeon the state of an organ, the heartbeat rate, or the blood pressure. It can also be an interesting development for new parents-to-be if it can provide more information about fetuses. In addition, any patient wearing augmented reality glasses can receive warnings about medication timers and so on.

Although the medical area can benefit largely from augmented reality, It can have a very profound effect on our daily lives in more personal areas such as education. Imagine you can mix audio, text, video and graphics in your personal resume or in your study methods. Imagine reading material that can present you with additional information when you scan it with  an augmented reality system. What about learning as you walk by historical buildings? What about learning about the spatial structures of molecules? This technology can be applied in virtually any area of education and it could be a very rewarding addition. It can also make remote learning easier and could probably be a driving factor for “learning outside”.

This technology has proven its importance in the improvement of many areas and we can expect it to have a prominent place in the future. However, when this technology is used in a more personal setting it can cause privacy concerns since it has the ability to provide a lot more information about anyone than what we are used to. It has the potential to be able to perform tasks like facial recognition, for instance. Conspiracy theories apart, privacy is probably the big downside this technology can have if used improperly. However, there are niches where this could be considered an advantage or even desired, such as online dating. Knowing more about potential partners and dates could be a driving factor to this businesses since it can attract more clients and make the platforms more reliable. Even though the concept can be alluring, it is still unsure where the limits will be drawn. Personal privacy is a very sensitive subject and can raise legal concerns.


Future developments

With the development of rendering technology, by companies such as Splutterfish, it is safe to assume that augmented reality will be increasingly present in our lives in the near future. This technology is in full development mode and as we could see, it is beginning to be present in such a wide range of subjects that it is possible that we experience a very abrupt shift to the augmented reality trend, throughout the world. It has infinite possibilities, but what about online dating?

With the massification of online dating and its advantages and disadvantages, probably augmented reality will have a swift and desirable transition into the world of online dating. After all, it can give you more information about your possible partner without difficult questions. Also, in a world where you are meeting everyone for the first time, having more information and details will feel safer for most people. If this technology was introduced in the dating world, it would probably drive a lot more people into it.

Considering all that was stated and the potential this technology possesses we can expect an increase in its utilization in the near future, and we can probably conclude that it is just a matter of time before it enters social aspects of our lives, such as online dating. Although the technology looks very promising, what has been accomplished so far is just the tip of the iceberg.