It would be nice if state governments went one step further andbanned texting while walking. The law might require that anyoneentering an emoticon into a smartphone would be required to stand(very still) within a foot of the sidewalk s edge or cough up a$50 fine. Going on foot from the Canal Street stop of the A train in lowerManhattan to the door of the huge former printing factory buildingwhere Nature Publishing Group has its offices has increasinglybecome a series of patterned avoidance maneuvers to skirterratically moving objects immersed in text-crazed oblivion. Mobile devices have succeeded in desensitizing a not insubstantialpercentage of urban populations from their physical surroundings.How often have I experienced the desire to keep walking in astraight line and let the texter s bowed head ram into my chest? Technology giants are on the case.
The purported solution is toeliminate the philosophical and physical dualism of things real andartificial. Google has come forward with Project Glass , which has demonstrated a prototype for a heads-up display that,in appearance, approximates a pair of glasses and, in function,places the capabilities of a smartphone literally in your face.Google Glasses, as they are informally known, work by sending textand images to a small sliver of a display attached to the frames,information that can orient the wearer to the immediatesurroundings. They also can replicate a smart phone in other ways.Whenever it is released and the company hasn t specified adate you would mouth, not finger, an OMG, which would thenconvert to a text message. Some wags have suggested that Google Glasses and its ilk would lenda certain intimacy to the media exec s vernacular of searchingfor eyeballs, pointing the way toward making up for the billionsin advertising losses experienced by major media. Those same cynicshave also suggested that walking down the street might be akin togetting spammed with a flurry of special offers a free smallcoffee at Dunkin Donuts or a two-for-one sale at the Gap evenwhile you re trying to get across a major intersection with lifeand limb intact.
The storied history of heads-up-displays stretches back decades.Projecting information onto a jet fighter s windshield or eventhat of a two-door sedan makes some sense. Ubiquitous consumeracceptance of Google Glasses may be another story. In-your-facetechnology portends bringing processors and sensors closer andcloser to the physical self, allowing them ultimately to beincorporated under the skin. The next question, of course, is whether we really do want to mergewith the machine. Fiberglass Water Slides
Wearable displays have been tested atuniversities for years. The videos of the guy at the supermarketlooking at a grocery list on a display at the corner of one eye arewell ensconced in the annals of geek history. My colleague GeorgeMusser, who must be one of the world s leading first adopters ofnew tech (yes, that s George on the iPhone line), always protestswhen we discuss this topic that he just hasn t been able toprocure a good wearable device. The argument: if you build one,people (or George) will buy one. I wonder, though. Aqua Park Equipment
Along with the search for an elixir for baldness,one techno trend that precedes the Internet by generations is theinexorable quest for ways to make eyewear obsolete, as witnessed bythe billions channeled into contact lenses and Lasik surgery. True,fashion pays partial homage to the Coke-bottle lenses of yesteryearthrough the black 1950s retro frames popularized by the likes ofTina Fey. For the most part, though, the trend has pointed toward keepingnose and eyes free of unneeded superstructure. You can even make anargument against Google Glasses by delving into the evolutionarypsychology literature, with the caveat that it is filled with bubbe meises . (You can check that technical term here .) Symmetrical faces, or so we are told, are thought to be moreattractive to the opposite sex. China Water Sprayground
How does that jibe with the visiblynoticeable display, microchip and sensor package that sits onlyover the right eyelid and temple. Will you want to wear those geekframes with a Todashi Shoji evening dress? Maybe not. Smartphonesmay be around for a while, and that means still weaving among thetexters on the way to work or at least until an irresistible forcelike social media meets an immovable object like me. Source : Google.