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Glasses augment reality with web content

The joy of specs
Fri Oct 08 2010, 11:51

WEB ADDICTS with weak eyes might soon be able to invest in a pair of specs that augment reality with digital content, thanks to a headset from Olympus and NTT Docomo.

The BBC reports from a demonstration in Japan that saw the electronics and telecoms big boys show off their geektacles in what sounds like a fairly shambolic display.

The pair showed off their glasses at the Ceatec tradeshow with a virtual tour of Kyoto, and talked up the small size of the kit, which apparently might be the special source that sees these glasses actually hit the streets and nose-bridges.

Usually, it seems, such equipment weighs about 90g, but this model weighs just 20g, so about as much as a blinged up earring. All this sounds good, as does getting local information piped straight into your brain through your retina via a pair of spectacles. Nothing odd about that at all.

But, should you choose to wear such a pair of glasses you might have to endure what the BBC described as a 'Window's animated paperclip'-like tour guide who pops up with information about what you are looking at.

If that sounds distracting to you, you are not alone. We can't think of anything worse except perhaps being attacked by rabid monkeys.

Tokyo-based technology analyst Steven Nagata told the BBC reporter, "The Docomo demo was more circus side-show than cutting edge technology," but added, "it may help inspire real innovation in the future." µ



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