A taste of augmented reality
The whole experience was fantastic from the subsidised train fares to the welcome from the volunteers to the speedy security arrangements to the weather and the setting.
Part of the icing on the cake was that having had a knee operation last monday I was hobbling around using a crutch and a steward came up to me in the line and told me to get a wristband for entry to the accessibility area where I had the privilege of watching the event from the top of the mound and seeing Ben Ainslie get his Gold.
So where does the augmentation come in.
Well I'd come particularly to see the windsurfing. Me and the kids used to race. The kids were very good - Emily represented the UK with Nick Dempsey the Team GB competitor as an Under 19 in South Africa and I also know Bryony Shaw. However they were racing in the harbour and all the attention was on the medal races in front of us so there was no reporting on the windsurfing at all.
Because the boards move so fast it's very difficult to follow what's going on through binoculars - you can only just about see the flags going round the marks.
However thanks to the combination of the iPad and the excellent BBC website you could follow the standings of the race pretty much as it happened.
This meant that we could really follow what was going on while seeing the action as well.
On the way back on the train I was thinking that this is my first taste of augmented reality where accessible digital information is enhancing a real time experience.
Apart from the usual 15 rounds with the Satnav has anyone got any other interesting examples?
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