posted on Jun, 26 2010 @ 07:29 PM
Yes, this is old news, and several companies are working on similar devices (Google is currently working on a very similar device to that shown in the
shopping demonstration ) But why the scepticism and negativity ?
First off, What you see in the video is pretty old tech. The concept has been around for a good 20 years:
And whilst gesture recognition and web integration are relatively new, the concept of a wearable augmented reality computer has been around for an
What is important to remember however is that this will come to market.
10 years sounds about right given that the major players will be the big communication companies who have a vested interest in prolonging the
longevity of their current products, smart phones etc.
But when it does come to market it will be very different from the model on show in this video. For a start, size and cost will not be an issue. The
module will unlikely be much larger than a shirt button, in fact shirt buttons are probably one of the best places to integrate it.
It will also be very cheap. The materials needed are fairly basic even by today’s standards, but in 10 years even these will cost peanuts. The
clever stuff all happens in the software so really, given the cost and rate of miniaturisation a shirt button costing about £5 again seems pretty
Of course it's unlikely you will buy one off the shelf for a fixed fee, more likely you will subscribe to a service charge much like phones and the
internet today and I suspect that the cost will be pretty equitable with those.
So there you have it, about the size of a button, costs as much as your current phone contract and provides you with an augmented reality experience
that gives you information on the fly. You honestly think we won’t all be wearing these in the next 10 years ?