Fast Company magazine has an interesting article (with obligatory Youtube clips) of some A/R Apps in development for the iPad. The development of A/R applications was cited by many commenters as one of the reasons the iPad needed cameras. And judging from some of the clips shown, its pretty apparent that this is a field ripe for further development. On the other hand, I get the definite feeling that there is a palpable "not there quite yet" element to A/R on a tablet. That, while its possible to have a "Wow! That's amazing!" moment, you still walk away wondering how that sort of technology would actually make your life any better/richer/more productive. Take, for instance, the clip where the iPad is held over photographs of two women. There are apparently links to Rich Augmented Reality content hidden in the newspapers with the photos. Which sort of begs the question: Why, in 2011, do you need to distribute that sort of link via a newspaper in the first place?