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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.
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Eyewear is where it began, and then it expanded to…
The wearable computing trend exploded during the early 2010's, particularly when used in conjunction with a third-party device, such as a smartphone or tablet. The Focus headset uses transcranial direct current stimulation — which basically 'zaps' the brain' — and can be used from gaming through to medical usage.
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