Quora Answer: Will Pokémon GO have lasting effects on society?
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A little off topic for us, but one I am passionate about!
Pokemon GO uses VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality). Neither of these are new technologies but GO is the first game to have brought AR to the masses.
AR - when you take the real world and overlay or alter it
VR - when you are in a fully virtual world
I have seen many uses of AR in military and medical circumstances already, and there are many on the horizon. That itself will have a huge impact.
Remember when people started walking around with Bluetooth headsets in, talking to themselves? And how odd it seemed? There will be a wave of that with AR devices, and then we will get used to them.
Google Glass was the first mainstream attempt at a consumer AR device. IMO google glass could have been a success and kickstarted this change faster if it hadn't been for the camera that gave it the creepy factor.