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Wearable tech: From mankind to machine
The past decade or so, humans have become increasingly transfixed by the notion of wearing our technology in some way, shape, or form. From earpieces to headphones, glasses and implants, ZDNet runs through some of the wearable technologies that we will all be wearing in tomorrow's world.
With so many focused on Google Glass as the next big thing in wearable technology, one DARPA-funded research project is plowing money and resources into vision enhancement for soldiers. The device, embedded on the eye as a contact lens just over a millimeter thick, is equipped with tiny mirror magnifiers that enhance viewing over vast distances.
But it all started somewhere…
Steve Mann helped bring wearable technology into the 21st century. Of course, wrist watches and other wearable technology have been around for centuries, but none with the power of connectivity and electronics. Mann is credited with designing the first modern-day (albeit back in the early 1980s, during the infancy of the Internet) wearable computer and augmented reality system, dubbed EyeTap.
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Eyewear evolved during the late-2000s
Google Glass may be at the tip of everyone's lips, but it's by far the first wearable eyewear. Vergence Labs' Epiphany Eyewear was released to developed in 2011 — final release is scheduled for 2013 for consumers — which embeds augmented reality and a head-mounted display, with photo snapping and video recording extras, in a pair of designer-like frames.
Image: Vergence Labs