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I don't like wearing a wristwatch because it's uncomfortable. As the prime minister always says when being evasive or unintelligible, let’s be clear about this: I wear a wristwatch on most days but I find that doing so is uncomfortable. I would never wear a watch at home. I strap it on when I set off to a customer site and take …

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Ghost In The Shell...

Dabbsie as Bateau? I'm slightly terrified by this concept.

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Re: Ghost In The Shell...

Could be worse. Perhaps you could try envisaging him in some tight leather. Molly Millions, anyone?

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But I don't think Bateau's visual overlays are provided by his cybernetic eyes. I think that they are directly injected through his cyberbrain. Otherwise Aramaki and Togusa would not get what they 'see' either.

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Re: Ghost In The Shell...

:) we need to photoshop some mirrored eyeballs into Alistairs profile pic...

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Re: Ghost In The Shell...

Actually, I cosplayed Batou at MCM Expo a year ago and have the photos to prove it. Shame I can't post them here in the forum.

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Heh- I have a number of pictures like that in my non-work archive from the various conventions I've attended.

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Oh come on Dabbs. You can do better than 'I don't like wearing things.'

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Jeez, some people - you'll be asking for a tech angle next. It's friday afternoon after a few pints, I'll take it as it is thanks.

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Expected an intelligent article.

Disappointed.

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Re: Expected an intelligent article.

Why?

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They need to be available

for most existing frames.

That's the issue with them. I'd happily have a discreet clip on my glasses (which I wear anyway) to provide useful information in a convenient location.

Of course a couple of coloured LEDs would be sufficient to tell me about emails/sms/missed calls/incoming calls etc. Not sure I need much more most of the time. Either I'm using my hands (driving, cycling, whatever) or I can hold a phone/tablet for the detailed info.

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Re: They need to be available

>Of course a couple of coloured LEDs would be sufficient to tell me about emails/sms/missed calls/incoming calls etc

many phones do that with just one composite light- different colours / flashing patterns for different alerts.

And just three LEDs would allow the thing to act as a compass or GPS guide.

Still, I ain't getting one til it outlines motorcycles and jackets, informing me if they are my size > see icon.

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Re: They need to be available

Either make them compatible with existent frames, or make them available with a prescription.

preferably the latter, as adding things to glasses alters the balance and sends 'em sliding or they cut in at the ears.

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I wear glasses and don't wear another pair when I see 3d movies, I bought a clip on for my glasses, I think they were £3 or something like that

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Missing the point

Missing the point, it has far more application outside of the consumer market than inside !

Medical, emergency services, customer service, engineering, advertising.....

http://successfulworkplace.com/2013/01/30/google-glass-will-change-the-face-of-the-enterprise/

Plus BMW were looking at AR for their technicians way back in 2007 (link in the article to a YouTube vid)

If Google manage this right with quality control over the application of it then it could fly. Vuzix are another company launching this to market.

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c.f. Rule 34 by Charles Stross where he has come up with VR system for the police, "CopSpace"...

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>Rule 34 by Charles Stross where he has come up with VR system for the police, "CopSpace"...

"My god, it's full of stairs..."

sorry

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"You are all individuals!"

"Yes! We're all individuals!"

(I'm not)

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Re: "You are all individuals!"

Shh!

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Do we *need* to be this connected?

I love gadgets and will always be interested in them. But the more I see stuff like this the more I think "Are we not just over-connected?" how much info is *too* much info?

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Re: Do we *need* to be this connected?

I reckon this stuff will be pretty useless until Google figure out a way of ensuring Internet connectivity if FREELY available to us all, anywhere and everywhere.

If you think freely-available Internet connectivity is a stupid idea then I have another one for you, I'm going to call it Global Positioning.

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What's needed is ......

... for headbands to become fashionable. Women would generally have not much of a problem with that but men would, I suspect. With a headband, they could fit lots more tech into it.

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Re: What's needed is ......

That's not a headband - it's a bandana!

1980s action hero approved.

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Key question you haven't answered

Yes you don't wear a watch, but do you wear sunglasses?

I think this is where the distinction will be made, as long as they don't feel like you have a bowling ball strapped to your head, or give you significant eye strain as a result, I think this will be an interesting concept.

The glasses situation is a good point, will people requiring vision correction be required to wear contact lenses to use this?

The key to it's success as with most products will depend on it's benefit to cost ratio. If they try and pull the marketing must have and charge 3x price of a top end smartphone, I think it'll go the way of the early touchscreen devices, nice idea, but too expensive. Comparable to a top end SP or less (please, please, please! ;) ) and you may stand a chance of hitting the ground running.

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Bah!

I don't care what you say AD, or how much sense you usually make; your wrong about this one.

I wear glasses.

I don't like jewellery.

or wristwatches.

or wearing anything (except, reluctantly) other than my glasses - so I don't.*

I can't wait to get hold of one of these. I really can't. I want to step into my personal vision of the 'future' and if Google is obliging enough to provide it for me, well, TA Very Much!

So, if your only reasoning against 'em is "you don't like wearing stuff" I have a suggestion:

Don't wear a wristwatch, it seems you only do so as a fashion-accessory anyway (after all, I'm sure your phone has the time on it. Somewhere).

*other than clothes. Clearly. After all, I generally try to avoid getting arrested.

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Shooz

It's the same with shoes: as soon as I arrive at work, I have to take off my Oxfords as soon as possible. This nearly always goes unnoticed as long I wear very black socks. If I wear coloured-tipped socks, however, it gets a bit like that scene in Blake Edwards’ movie Skin Deep.

When this happens, I am forced to endure stupid remarks from stupid people, often in stupidly senior management positions for which stupidity is evidently mandatory in order to achieve their stupid promotion. Stupid.

Testify.

The most annoyingly stupid one I get is: "eew, smelly feet!" ... Er, I had my shoes on for about an hour this morning on my way in to work. You, on the other hand, have had yours strapped on for the last six hours. And you accuse me of having smelly feet?

Mind you, I now make a point of wearing the most lurid socks possible simply to noise these fuckers up, so I shouldn't complain.

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Has your mother never told you...

...that the single most boring thing it is possible to listen to is someone talking about their personal dislikes. The only reason anybody tolerates it at all is if it gives them the chance to respond in kind.

Lets by honest, can you name one single person who gives a flying f*ck about whether or not you find wearing a watch irritates your wrist?

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Re: Has your mother never told you...

Sorry what were you saying? Tuned out there for a moment while I decided which of my personal dislikes I was going to furnish you with in return for you moaning about one of yours.

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Re: Has your mother never told you...

@Paul

As the prosecutor said to the Judge.

"Your honour I am rather embarresed to inform you but the Plaintiff is actually guilty of the same crime as the Defendant"

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Re: Has your mother never told you...

Voted up.

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Alistair

I get where your coming from, it must be the age......Next time I am in GB, I should pay you a visit and buy you a pint....

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Mushroom

Jeeez!

What's your point?

You're getting old and you're enjoying telling everyone about it? You can feel the comfortable blanket of elderly neo-luddite..ism.. being gently rested on your shoulders....

School report = Could do better.

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Notification lamp

I don't wear glasses, but I can see the day coming... However, I would really consider it a feature to have an LED in the frame at one side, shining sideways into the lens, with a refractive prism ground into the lens to direct the light to your eye. Then you'd have an unobtrusive status lamp for (as John Robson says) email, SMS, voicemail, phone ringing, whatever. It'd be a USP for glasses over contacts, keeping you informed without being information overload.

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I already hate the blinking of PC hardware especially blue ones (as human eye don't adjust as well to blue light as to the others). Macs have few leds at all for status one reason I so love the Apple design.

Same goes for the car, I had an Audi V8, you could turn of all instrumental lightning oh I loved that so much, The last to go off when turning the dimmer was the speedometer and rev. The last to come on when you turned it up was the lights between the benches.

A status light for each email I get straight into my eyes would be worse torture than the Chinese model of dripping cold water on you head one drop at a time, for a very long time.

You maybe dream about it, you maybe want it now, but I tell you when you get that blinker thing in your hand, it wont be long before you join a competition in how far your hand can throw away that blinker.

I see the benefit of being able to read a document while looking elsewhere too, but how often is that. As bad as you multi-task it would anyway be forbidden in traffic.

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Didn't we already go down this path in the early 90s? Whatever happened to Private Eye, and the MIT thing that scan low-power microlasers across your retina (which sounds horrendous), and a bunch of other products that supposedly heralded freedom from a monitor?

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Hmm?

Not really much of a post, this one. It doesn't really say much more than 'I don't like wearing irritating stuff'.

Personally, I agree, but then I don't think Glass is intended to be worn around all day. It would seem pretty daft for that to be the idea behind it.

As someone else noted, I'd imagine that it's real use would be in situations. Medical personnel needing scans, pictures (which could be advanced to A&E ahead of them) or access to assistance on-the-spot whilst keeping hands free. Of course, this only works if it is capable of bringing up suitable amounts of information on the display without obscuring your view.

I agree I couldn't envision putting on anything like this all day. In the same way I don't hold up my Lumia 920 all day and walk around with Nokia City Lens on. I don't need it.

However, I'm a weirdo, I never feel a need to jump and pull out my phone the moment a text message or email arrives, and I don't always feel I HAVE to answer a ringing phone. The amount of friends and acquaintances over the years who've looked at me in absolute horror because I saw a message arrive and didn't respond to it, or didn't answer the phone because I was in the middle of a conversation, is pretty high. Imagine this thing being on all day and the expectation to leap to action every time someone sent you a message... It'd drive me nuts.

Anyway, I digress...the one question I have is - other than making me into a jump-to-it slave-boy, what is this thing actually for?

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"...the one question I have is - other than making me into a jump-to-it slave-boy, what is this thing actually for?"

After one gets past the novelty factor, having the ability to have a heads up display might be useful in a number of situations, and you did mention earlier:

"As someone else noted, I'd imagine that it's real use would be in situations. Medical personnel needing scans, pictures (which could be advanced to A&E ahead of them) or access to assistance on-the-spot whilst keeping hands free."

Another use I can think of would be as a way of having repair manuals and other technical documentation handy when one either doesn't have the space for a bulky chunk of dead tree, or where said dead tree would get damaged by grease, oils, chemicals, etc. Having the ability to hold up a part, have the camera on the device take a picture of it and apply some sort of image matching algorithm to pull up specs or information might be useful as well.

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Re: Hmm?

Oddly enough all those applications have been looked at by the makers of "wearable computers."

Their size and weight may be new.

The concept is definitely not.

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To sum the article...

1) Wants to be the naked office rambler

2) oh, there is no other content really.

3) Five minutes of my life i would like back.

Still its friday, so might find time for some fermented vegetable products.

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'Still its friday, so might find time for some fermented vegetable products.'

Is it my turn to buy the sauerkraut already?

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Re: To sum the article...

Oh dear, one of the "I'll never get that five minutes of my life back" brigade. If your life that much, you'd be climbing mountains or shagging lingerie models, not sitting in front of The Register on a Friday afternoon.

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Re: To sum the article...

AD - you're getting a good catch this afternoon. Best thing is - they don't realise it!

Phil.

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hmmm

I thought you were at Keele.

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Re: hmmm

Keele *was* the smallest Uni in Britain at the time. Since then, all the old Polytechnics and FE colleges began calling themselves universities too.

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Who needs to wear two sets of glasses for this one

From the looks of the GGs I can simply get prescription glasses in the frame and use ONE set. Since I switch glasses depending on what I do anyway (I.e an untinted one for painting, a self-coloring/tinting one for driving etc) I see little to no problem with that.

And as one wrote: Having such a kit to super-impose Calendar/Mail etc. in my field of vision would be nice. If done properly this thing would finally allow me to do away with the smartphone, linking to the tablet-pc I carry around even when it is closed/lying on the co-driver seat/packed in a attache case, giving me back the classic "lasts 14 days between recharges" featurephone.

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want to clear up a few things

I got to wear a pair for a bit back in the summer. First, they're extremely light. They sat lightly on the bridge of my nose, much like my regular glasses, and the electronics+battery package was sufficiently well-balanced that it didn't bother me or feel in danger of slipping off.

Second point, it doesn't really "superimpose" anything on your vision. It's more like if you look at the appropriate place, there's a screen there. Unobtrusive but convenient.

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Disappointing. The article read like something parodied on The Sunday Format.

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"vibration-alert digital lightning rod rammed up your arse"

You know what ? I think you have found a nice market there ...

Does it also serve as a personal transportation device ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:IT_%28South_Park;_The_Entity%29.jpeg

(Ok, so you dislike wearing watches... I enjoy posting offensive South Park memes. How do I become a regular ElReg contributor and get paid to speak about it ?)

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Too right mate.

That is all.

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