The Virtual Reality (VR) of the Oculus Rift is stellar (first look yesterday) as are advances in surgery with VR (New 3D Surgeon Helmet Turns Complex Surgery Into Virtual Reality-Like Experience) but the idea of Augmented Reality (AR) is perhaps the real way forward as far as general takeup goes. With Jordi, Google Glass and a host of smartphone apps – the precursors are here.

I thought it was worth a quick post to show that the consumer-end is often driving advanced technologies forward. The ColAR APP is conceptually simple, print out one of a defined set of drawings, let the kids colour them in and then use the iPad app to bring those coloured versions to life in AR 3D. Such a clever idea to bring the digital and physical worlds a touch closer together…