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Hashtag Our Stories launched in 2017 with an aim of empowering local communities to tell their own stories by supplying them with, and training them to use, wearable technology.

Wearable technology is a range of gadgets that people can wear for a variety of purposes, from making purchases to tracking their fitness. You have probably seen a smartwatch by now, right? But what about smartglasses? Devices you wear on your face to both see AR overlays onto the real world and film the world through your perspective.

Now, Hashtag Our Stories has just rebranded to Seen, a move which signals a greater emphasis on augmented reality content as three quarters of people are thought to adopt the technology in the next three years.

In this week's podcast, Omar joins us to talk about future plans and business models for social video journalism, and what separates augmented reality from being a novelty and a genuine application for journalism. He believes everyone will wear a computer on their face within the next eight years, and is already preparing for a fundamental shift in how people access news content.

Seen's co-founder and editor-in-chief Sumaiya Omar joins us next week at Newsrewired to speak about creating content for young audiences. Do not miss all our exciting talks taking place on 24 May 2022 at News UK HQ in London. Grab your ticket now

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