Despite the ambitious portrayals of the future in TV shows and movies predating it, few of the gadgets that imaginative writers dreamed of exist. However, some of the fantastical, and more pertinent, innovations from entertainment media do exist in some form or another. Inventions like autonomous vehicles, nanorobots with applications in medicine, and specifically, augmented reality vision are quickly coming to fruition, thanks to companies who saw real value in these creative concepts.

Augmented reality is one of the technologies making significant progress these days, and the public has been privy to a few of the more novel ideas utilizing the advances in recent years. With the heads-up displays projected onto the interior of a fancy car’s windshields and Pokémon Go, AR is already present in our lives in some form. But it’s usually considered a novelty, if at all. For it to shake off this unfortunate label, the young technology must first vault a few of the pesky obstacles standing in its way.

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Early AR devices like Google Glass didn’t have the robust capabilities that people expected. It essentially just allowed the viewer to walk around with a small screen in their peripheral vision, which updated them on weather and other messages much like any smartphone. At a hefty $1,000, Google asked its customers to pay a high price for shallow functionality.

Moving forward from Google Glass, augmented reality products use spatial computing that requires context to work. It needs to know that its purpose is to generate and place virtual furniture in accordance with…