"HATS OFF to your illustrator for the most prescient comment about the technology in 'Augmented Reality: A New Way of Seeing,' by Steven K. Feiner [April 2002]," writes Robert Bethune of Ann Arbor, Mich. "More than half the messages flashed to your reality-augmented pedestrian are commercials. I can see myself now, walking down the street wearing my augmented-reality gear. As I glance at the rosebushes, an advertisement for a lawn-and-garden supplier appears. As I look up at the sky, an advertisement for an airline appears. As I hear birds sing, an advertisement urges me to contribute to a wildlife conservation group. And when I shut my eyes to drown out the visual noise, I hear a jingle for a sleep aid." Reader comments on other aspects of reality (or unreality) presented in the April 2002 issue appear below.
This article was originally published with the title Letters.