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Finding your misplaced possessions may soon become a problem of the past. Boffins at a Japanese university have invented a pair of smart specs that recognise objects and record their locations to help you find them later. Image_recog_glasses Prof. Kuniyoshi's glasses remind you where you left things Image courtesy of The Times …

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Coat

errr....

....ok, now where did I put my glasses?

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If you are truly

absent minded you would leave these somewhere. I read (but I don't remember where) that these kinds of seeing devices tend to anger security guards, sort of like dogs and mylar balloons. I would hate to get beaten or shot just because I can't remember where I put my keys on a regular basis.

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Have Some Frickin' Pride

If only they looked as cool as they sounded. Sorry, but if I wore something like that around, then I'd have to kick my own ass.

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Anonymous Coward

Recursion

Now, where did I leave those damn glasses?

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Unhappy

Ads

This presents endless oportunities for "smart" advertising. Just looking at a billboard will bombard you with dozens of rubbish info. Oh the joy. The future just became darker.

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Alien

Year 2012

Can anyone tell me why 'year 2012' is crossed out? Is it because the end of the world is then??

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Isn't this a bit useless...

... if you don't live alone? If you've got a dog/wife/husband/flatmate/burglar you'll suddenly find that everything is badly out of sync.

How would i know if something had been moved or if it was just underneath a sheet of paper on a desk (as is my most common cause of object loss)?

Would it work if the object was rotated/inverted?

Could it tell the difference between an open/closed/part open laptop?

Couldn't they have used those camera-equipped glasses and a HUD? Or made it work with a cameraphone?

And isn't this not actually that huge a step forwards from the Gizmondo and a hundred other Augmented Reality projects?

Also, as someone who routinely walks about with a camera/HMD/belt-mounted first-attempt-at-a-wearable-PC strapped to them, I'd still have to say that it looks rather nerdy and crap. Build it into a hat, at least!

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Paris Hilton

point

eh? You have to look at the object for it to tell you that its there!!

Surely if you can see it, you don't need a wacky device to tell you its there!

Maybe Paris should get one for her driving license

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