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Soon You’ll be Riding Trains with Augmented Reality Windows

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By Kassidy Coleman

Thanks to Pokémon Go, augmented reality is the next big thing in technology. So big that in
2020, DigiCapital estimates it’ll be worth over $120 billion, opposed to the VR market which is predicted to be worth only $30 billion. That’s why it’s no surprise that Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is helping build a new, futuristic rail-based train.

HTT is the same company that’s been working on the Hyperloop project. In case you don’t know what the Hyperloop is, it’s basically just a super high speed train that travels through a tube system. However, this new train will be very different from the Hyperloop (which we’re still eagerly waiting for). The main feature will be augmented reality built into the windows. This will make the train ride much more interactive – you’d be able to check news, time, route info, and weather all on your window.

Here’s the concept video Hyperloop Transportation Technologies released:

Pretty cool, right? It seems legit too, the project is being funded by Deutsche Bahn, the largest railway company in Europe. The company states that we should expect the train to start carrying passengers as early as 2017. At least we have that to look forward to while we still patiently wait for the Hyperloop to become a reality.

What do you think about this new way to use AR – Is it innovative or too much tech? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter.

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About the Author: Kassidy Coleman is a blogger for NewsWatch and keeps you updated with the latest tech. She lives in Northern Virginia with her boyfriend and guinea pigs. 


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