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Sergey Brin has been showing off Google's prototype Project Glass augmented-reality spectacles at a charity event in San Francisco. On Thursday evening Brin attended a "Dining in the Dark" event for the nonprofit Foundation Fighting Blindness, and used the opportunity to show off the glasses that Google started publicizing …
I want the glasses, and just the glasses.
I do not want the advertising and alleged services which Google undoubtedly will bundle with the glasses.
I want the glasses to use with my own wearable PC, programmed by me.
I think the Googlers are making their own, somewhat-simpler version of this:
> I want the glasses, and just the glasses.
Really? I can't imagine ever wanting to use them, even for a moment. I'd have to go to some effort to come up with a user interface I'd find more annoying.
But then I've never liked augmented-reality designs, since I first saw prototypes at SIGGRAPH in the early '90s. I have this marvelous ability to change which direction I am looking; that makes shoving additional visual information into my field of vision unnecessary.
To each his own, I suppose.
Get Smart, a spoof spy series from the mid sixties, had a variety of wacky gadgets including the shoe phone:
If I remember correctly, one if its many drawbacks was that Max had to carry a suitcase around for the batteries, which was funny because everyone got the point about personal mobile communications being impossible because of the battery size problem.
Anyone else remember those laughable TV ads for IBM's wearable PCs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Flvd5gVT7fg), complete with uberdork glasses? And wearable PCs have been around for years, so many that even the US Army has been on on the act 1989 with their Land Warrior rig (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8izG26i_lTY). And then there were the headaches I gave myself trying out a pair of ELSA 3D Revelators back in the Summer of 2002, and that was a wireless version too. Common factor in all those prior examples? A lot of hardware needed to do the actual computing work. I'm guessing Sergey had a Nexus or an Android tablet in his backpack and a lot of beta drivers, all to make happen what everyone else has been doing for years. I'm sure the fanbois would buy it if it had an Apple logo on it, but otherwise I can't see many rushing to buy a pair.
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