April 13, 2011

Third-Age Glasses

I wrote a bit about the three ages of computing a couple of weeks ago, noting that augmented reality displays would eventually come to the masses in the form of fashionable eyewear. Engadget is carrying a story today about a DoD contract with virtual reality eyewear manufacturer Vuzix to produce just such a product for the US military.

the lenscrafters at Vuzix just received a cool million to develop goggles that holographically overlay battlefield data on the wearer's vision. It all sounds very Dead Space (or, you know, like a Top Secret version of Recon-Zeal's Transcend goggles), promising realtime analysis of anything within sight. The company believes the finished product will be no more than 3mm thick and completely transparent when turned off.