The characters ‘wear’ the internet and can effectively be online constantly, with no visible apparatus attached to their bodies. ‘Wearing’ allows one to have a completely haptic experience.
It is particularly amusing that Robert Gu, the protagonist who has been in a coma for two decades and awakes to a world he barely recognises, is also a renowned poet and technophobe who barely mastered e-mail. He is thrown into a world of ‘wearing’ and needs to learn new skills. Very funny. Very pertinent.
Here’s an excerpt from Rainbows End.
Not sure what is meant by ‘augmented reality’, this post and this ad will give you the idea: