Today, you can walk around a new neighborhood like a native if you have a smartphone and the right apps. But that’s just the start. Devices such as Google Glass promise, for better or worse, to augment your reality more quickly and naturally, enabling you to almost immediately identify people, get directions and translate signs. Using Microsoft’s Xbox Kinects, researchers have also demonstrated virtual meetings that can be held face to holographic face.

David Pogue, who writes Scientific American’s monthly TechnoFiles column, hosts NOVA ScienceNow’s “What Will the Future Be Like.” This clip shows the promise of augmented reality; the full program premieres Wednesday, November 14, at 10 PM ET on PBS.