Researchers at the Ishikawa-Oku lab at the University of Tokyo have gone one-up on augmented reality with a system they call "invoked computing." Basically, that means computers will be embedded everywhere in your daily life, and you'll "invoke" operations, so everyday, non-computerized objects--like a banana--can be given computer-like capabilities. This is all leading up to a real-life bananaphone, obviously.
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