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Japanese camera and optics company Olympus is developing a set of smart glasses along the lines of Google's Project Glass which, besides its other more useful functions, will allow users to view the real world with a brighter, friendlier glow. Olympus showed off the prototype in a press release on its website. Hot on the …

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Pint

view the real world with a brighter, friendlier glow.

Wouldn't alcohol be cheaper?

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Re: view the real world with a brighter, friendlier glow.

Not really. £3 a pint, that will add up to £1000s quite quickly.

Though I bet the glasses might lead to as many headaches.

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Re: view the real world with a brighter, friendlier glow.

Mo reimportantly, are they peril sensitive? will they black out the moment you might see something that could disturb you?

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I already have this

It's called yellow tinting

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No more dangers

Finally, soon I will be able to get a pair of Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses.

Yeah!

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As a(n amateur/slow) runner I like the idea of glasses like these and Google's, or certainly will when they're properly small and light. Built in GPS and info displayed on the lens means an end to glancing at my GPS watch for times when i want them or listening to Endomondo via my phone giving me times when it wants to give them.

Inifinite other applications besides, of course, but this is one practical reason I want them.

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They'd better sort out kinetic charging for that use.

Could see a use for Skiers especially those being pursued by men with machine guns,,,

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Just me then.

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The Distributed Camera

Will law-enforcement access the camera system?

That must be someone's wet dream, I guess...

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Re: The Distributed Camera

Reminds me of the moment in one of the "Ghost in the Shell" series/movies where a policeman cried out, "My (electronic) eyes have been hacked!" Immediately after that, he had a fatal one-car "accident" on a rainy road, when he swerved his car to avoid a faked obstacle which he "saw" with his electronic eyes.

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Re: The Distributed Camera

Not really - imagine a demo where everyone with specs might be recording any policeman and any little 'falling off the kerb accidents'. It won't be enough to merely nick anyone with a video camera at the start.

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Re: The Distributed Camera

That would be Stand Alone Complex i.e. The Laughing Man Case.....

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prescrption glasses

I wonder if anyone has thought about how this type of technology will work for people who wear prescription specs, it is after all, not a small amount of people to worry about not being able to sell your product to.

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Perhaps they will come in prescription versions, if the glass can be ground to different prescriptions, or, ultimately, can be calibrated to modify what any wearer sees to put it in focus (which might kill off the regular lens-making industry).

As a "speccy four eyes" myself I'm optimistic we'll be accounted for.

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Re: prescrption glasses

As with 3D it'll be a "**** you four-eyes" from the producers of such gadgets.

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Re: prescrption glasses

And what about those of us who have ditched glasses for contact lenses...?!

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Re: prescrption glasses

Why can't the display automatically de-focus the image exactly the right amount through a virtual lens?

Now THAT would be a good patent to own.

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Thats exactly what I would expect. The incoming view would be translated through a software lens to correct whatever the viewers eyesight issue is. Wouldnt be at all surprised to discover that software models of vision issues already exist.

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Re: prescrption glasses

It's not so much focus that's the problem (there are already diopter adjustments in DSLRs etc) but 'mounting' the things. Unless you can clip it on existing glasses and calibrate it, let me tell you - you think wearing these things is going to be dorky as is? Try wearing two pairs of glasses at a the same time, too.

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Those aren't rose tinted glasses you're wearing...

that's your own blood dripping down in front of your eyes.

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"Hot on the heels of Apple's release" - What's this got to do with Apple?

Google have a prototype. Olympus have a prototype. As far as I know Apple only have a vague patent on peripheral vision that they'll use for trolling and lining some lawyers' pockets in the future.

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Are they going to release a 'David Icke' edition, complete with lizard vision?

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They Live!

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Not that impressive...

320x240 display with a 1 hr battery life isn't very impressive, especially compared to commercially available stuff like the ST1080, which is full HD and has a 4 hr life. True, it doesn't have GPS, but you're going to be hooking this thing up to a smartphone anyway. Build head tracking in, make it more transparent (10% isn't going to cut it when you're walking around) and do all the processing on the phone to save power.

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Rainbows End

Coming soon. :)

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its all about the battery life

something like this cant take off until they figure out what to do about power supply.

I think googles will have a similar problem, as their demo's have apparently involved a cable from the glasses out to a backpack!

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Re: Cable to a backpack?

He runs Google. The backback is inside.

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HHGTG got there first

When faced by the ravenous Bug-Bladder Beast of Traall, do they immediately turn completely black, saving the wearer from stress and anxiety?

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These should increase the number of Darwin Award nominees.

Can't wait to see how many fools get run over whilst wearing these, and walking straight into traffic.

And just imagine the fun on the highwways, with some idiot behind the wheel of a vehicle, wearing the latest in Internet eyewear.

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Re: These should increase the number of Darwin Award nominees.

Actually, cheap personal HUD seems like a pretty good idea for driving, assuming the content and display are useful and not just 'look what we can do'.

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Old hat

Or should I say old specs.

At the last Americas Cup, the skipper of Larry Ellison's toy had glasses that connected to the boats systems and projected vital information to shave 1/1000th of a second off the time to tack such a behemoth. Granted he had a backpack computer to interface with the boat.

Personally, i'll leave that sort of toy ashore and possibly stick to beer for getting a "nicer" of the world ashore as well.

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> the skipper of Larry Ellison's toy had glasses that connected to the boats systems

Did they have little wipers? Because when I've worn the boring old refractive style of glasses on a yacht they were covered in salt from dried spray in 3/5ths of a gnat's heartbeat.

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App ideas:

- Facial recognition cue: Now you don't need to remember the names of your coworkers and clients, as they appear in your HUD every time you look at them.

- Nudievision: The illusion that all women are naked.

- Anti-nudievision: The illusion that all ugly women are wearing burqas.

- Family finder: Shows direction indicators to those in your group, for locating lost children in crowds.

- Web browser: For reading The Register at work.

- Adblocker: All billboards and advertising flyers removed from vision.

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