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Intel made smart glasses that look normal
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-02-07 01:10:31

The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out.

There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no weird arm floating in front of the lens, no speaker, and no microphone (for now).

From the outside, the Vaunt glasses look just like eyeglasses. When you’re wearing them, you see a stream of information on what looks like a screen - but it’s actually being projected onto your retina.

This looks amazing. I'm not entirely sure if I, personally, have any use for this, but such basic, simple, handsfree information could be invaluable to, for instance, construction workers, farmers, police officers, or other people who do hard, dangerous work with their hands.

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RE[5]: Retinal projection
By zima on 2018-02-12 00:25:52
> I also wonder about the drugs that many musicians/artists use to expand their creativity, I don't know if they have merit?
I'm reading right now a book of ~scifi novels "The Wind's Twelve Quarters" by Ursula K. Le Guin. In it, the author writes (I'm translating back from PL to EN...): "people who expand counciousness with the help of life, and not drugs, usually have more interesting things to tell"
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RE[6]: Retinal projection
By Alfman on 2018-02-12 02:01:50
zima,

> I'm reading right now a book of ~scifi novels "The Wind's Twelve Quarters" by Ursula K. Le Guin. In it, the author writes (I'm translating back from PL to EN...): "people who expand counciousness with the help of life, and not drugs, usually have more interesting things to tell"
(my emphasis)

I don't know if it means anything, but most people will find stars like ozzy ozborne and steve jobs much more interesting than people like me.

https://www.thefix.com/content/st...
> Steve Jobs: LSD Was One of The Best Things I've Done in My Life
The legacy of the legendary Apple genius is quickly being drafted by a worshipful worldwide media. But most obituaries omit his longtime love for LSD.


Of course, cherry picking celebrity examples is inherently biased. Yet I don't have to look that far in my personal life to find proponents of mind-altering drugs, some of whom make a better living than me. Based on that I find it hard to rationally criticize them for it.
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RE[2]: Comment by pmac
By ilovebeer on 2018-02-12 15:33:29
Fighter pilots spend countless hours in simulators before they ever get in a real jet. And everything in a pilots HUD is constant. Quite different from someone driving their car and getting a sudden popup of a text message.
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RE[2]: Comment by pmac
By ilovebeer on 2018-02-12 15:34:20
Agreed. And I'm not going to be the lab rat to find out what kind of damage it does.
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Comment by ilovebeer
By ilovebeer on 2018-02-12 15:42:31
I'm simply not excited about "smart glasses". There's nothing it can offer than isn't already easily available to me by other devices, which, don't project images directly onto my retina. It's funny that the first application they show is gps. Really? Everything has built-in gps now. Every vehicle I own and my phone will either show me a map or speak directions to me. I guess that isn't good enough so now they've made glasses to do the same thing.

I'm not convinced "smart glasses" offer anything new or better. Intel doesn't seem to have an answer to that either and is relying on their "Early Access" program for developers to figure it out for them. Who wants to bet a Twitter feed app and a Facebook feed app will be among the first developed?

"Smart glasses" are a solution looking for a problem. I'll pass.
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RE[7]: Retinal projection
By zima on 2018-02-13 17:28:24
Arguably, Steve Jobs or Ozzy Ozborne are examples in support of Le Guin text that I quoted - each of them had, first and foremost, a rather rich life.

Probably most examples of drug users are negative though... (at least I knew most of such examples)

PS. And of course "The Wind's Twelve Quarters" is a book of short stories, not novels like I said (it was late and I mistakenly used "false friends" PL-EN word pair :P )

Edited 2018-02-13 17:30 UTC
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