posted on May, 5 2013 @ 11:50 PM
I've been watching Google Glass with piqued interest since it was announced. Having seen the videos and reading the blogs something nagged at me.
I've seen this before...
Already, the Kindle and iPad reminded me of the PADD (Personal Access Display Device)
from Star Trek:
The Next Generation:
So when I saw Google Glass:
I remembered a technology from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine years before. This is the
Virtual Display Device
Well, what does this piece of Star Trek technology do?
The virtual display device gave the wearer the ability to view the space around the ship by simply turning his or her head (or as Elim Garak said,
"It's like having a viewscreen inside your brain").
It's basically a HU display that almost mimics Google Glass's intended purpose:
Google Glasses provide an experience known as augmented reality, where images are superimposed over what the user sees in real life.
It sounds to me like this technology could eventually allow one to watch movies, or even view a live feed. Perhaps something like this?
I've already seen people compare these to "Geordi's" visor -- but that really isn't accurate. Google Glass won't allow blind people to see.
Glass won't plug into the optic nerves a a wearer's brain. It will, however, superimpose images similar to the technology seen in Deep Space Nine.
This is a conspiracy site, so perhaps writers going back to Gene Roddenberry himself had some kind of inside knowledge? Or is this simply a case of
"life imitating art"?
I'm sure if we dig around, we can find a ton of other technologies from Star Trek that are in use today. Off the top of my head are automatic opening
doors and hyposprays.
I'd like to hear what you guys think!