Wallpaper* Debuts ‘Augmented Reality’ Issue, Announces Judges for Annual Design Awards

WallpaperJAN.jpgThe January issue of Wallpaper* is an “augmented reality special.” The magazine features a special 3-D cover of the sort employed by this month’s InStyle, fronted by a festive and even more sparkly than usual Taylor Swift. In both cases, the multi-dimensional fun requires a webcam: hold the Wallpaper* cover up to one and see the flat image of designer Jørund Blikstad‘s “Wall Cubes” spring into 3-D. Move it around in front of your computer screen to view the shelving from various angles. This may garner strange looks from those around you, but it’s the wave of the future according to Wallpaper* and Wolff Olins, who partnered to predict the ten developments that could change the world in 2010. Augmented reality—that is, computer-generated images that mix with reality—is at the top of the list (we’ve posted the other nine below). And speaking of augmented reality, the magazine has announced the intriguing mix of creative and downright eccentric people selected to judge the 2010 Wallpaper* Design Awards. It’s quite a crew: Paris-based fashion designer John Galliano, Belgian-born installation artist Carsten Höller, American interior designer Kelly Wearstler, British media executive James Murdoch, American architect Steven Holl, and Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar. Oh, to be a fly on the wall(paper)!

Wallpaper* and Wolff Olins’s predictions for 10 developments that could change the world in 2010:

  • Augmented reality – computer-generated images will mix with and add to reality
  • Better Place – an international network of electric car charging points
  • Crossbreed: the folding wheel – enabling performance bikes and wheelchairs to fold into small spaces
  • Dime: magic sand – water resistant sand to stop water seeping away through the Earth
  • Enhanced Editions – eBooks move into the next dimension adding sound, music, and video
  • Gapminder – charts the wealth gap and gives new and visual ways of displaying this information
  • Nokia Money – making cash mobile and creating a wholly new way to buy items and pay bills without the need for a bank account
  • Pico Projectors – small enough to be fitted to cameras or mobiles and turning them into mini movie theatres that can create an image up to 60 inches wide
  • Rockcorps – an army of youth volunteers expected to go global in 2010
  • WorldWide Telescope – bringing the universe to the desktop, users will be able to fly past Mars or zoom in to view distant galaxies by combining images from a vast array of telescopes