patchwork cat wrote:I figured a while back that people will have 'heads up' displays in a few years. Probably worn like a hat, so a hologram can be punched or spoken to.
I'd like that a lot- better than this back up comp with a crt 14 inch screen- ouch! I have gone blind...
Practical monocular head mounted displays
(by which I mean ones with reasonable resolution and clarity weighing under 120g - which for comparison's sake is roughly 4 times the weight of an ordinary pair of glasses) have been around for a while now, but they never really caught on. They are tricky to work with, distracting,, and still fairly fragile; also, most people don't like how they look when worn - even hard-core geeks often find them to be too much. Because of this, they are still very expensive low-production items, and most of the companies which go into the field don't seem to last very long. The few who do seem to have thrived such as MicroOptical
or Liquid Image
have mostly survived in niche fields where HMDs are the only practical solution, such as certain military or medical uses - the consumer market is almost an afterthought. Integrating them into a system can take a bit of work, as a result.
That having been said, the real problems with wearable computing
these days, aside from the cost of putting together a system, isn't in the output, it's in the input. Things like chording keyboards
(e.g., the Twiddler
series) and similar devices take a bit of work to get used to, and they all work differently from each other.
I have to admit that I haven't seriously looked into the matter in years; I expect the the WEAR-HARD mailing list
is still around in some form or another, but I dropped out years ago due to lack of funds, flagging interest (I was too depressed at the time to be interested in much of anything, but that's not relevant) and the increasingly flame-y attitude among the regulars.