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Hey everyone,

I'm heading off to the east coast for a few days, and may have trouble finding the time to update the blog.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you this image that illustrates the vision for Color Eyewear. You can see an information overlay on your field of view, while you're outside in bright daylight, walking around, accomplishing your goals. The information contains relevant data concerning your location, your objectives, and your connections, consistent with a conventional smartphone, just delivered in a head-up modality.

What say you guys?


At February 19, 2007 at 1:51 PM Anonymous said...

Very cool! This would be great for tourists helping you navigate in an unfamiliar city. I can imagine downloading an online Frommer's guide and map for cities I'm going to which would give me directions and recommendations for things to see and do.

At February 19, 2007 at 2:03 PM view said...

Very nice.

For occasional fun, maybe a user could switch from the directional arrow, instead following a cartoon rhino or whatever through the city.

As well, stationary friends could be ghostily projected into your view with a web cam. And vice versa. Good job.

At February 19, 2007 at 2:59 PM Microwishin said...

Hi Ben,

This image shows what you've been describing for years (your past dissertations about the metadata layer of mobile display applications. It looks way cool, but let's not get distracted by "possibilities", let's focus on something real and doable this year. First things first, we need some real deliverable dates on technical issues pertaining to IPM. For example, when will the IPM have a production-worthy green laser with low power be ready? We saw a prototype. Are either the Corning or the Novalux green lasers ready for use in production NOW? It's nice to see the perfect "convergence application" in a hypothetical image, but we all know it'll start with one application and then branch off to others - it'll be a few years (more than two) before we see convergence of the kind depicted in the image. Cheers. Microwishin.

At February 19, 2007 at 3:48 PM Anonymous said...

Using Bluetooth technology --

Sell a bazillion wearable HUD's for motorcyclists (especially law enforcement motorcycles), private pilots, cross-country bicyclists, cross-country skiers, snow mobilers, auto racing and on and on.

At February 19, 2007 at 5:33 PM Anonymous said...

Neat example Ben.
However, I think that it is important to depart from the desktop screen style for see-thru eyewear. Show the required information in a truly minimalist way. We don't want to cover the view with large icons and detailed descriptions unless explicitly expanded by the user.
Howard O.

At February 21, 2007 at 8:00 AM Anonymous said...

It could use the idea of bifocals. If you want to see the display, look down. Otherwise you have your regular view.

At February 21, 2007 at 1:09 PM Anonymous said...

WOW Ben! That is awesome! Funny, but I was just saying I couldn't hardly grasp this idea, but with your picture, now I understand. But hopefully we'll be able to pick and choose which icons we want to display...I'm not the quickest on my email, and wouldn't care to see I have so many msgs ;-) Thanks for the pic Ben, looking forward to being able to purchase one...Jazz

At February 21, 2007 at 8:06 PM Anonymous said...

Is Microvision also working on an any apps to run on the eyewear?

At February 25, 2007 at 5:48 AM HerbertNerd said...

The concept of Mobility Eyewear (better head-up displays in general) is also at the heart of a scenario described below, from a few days ago:

Note especially the last section on "Better Visual Displays".

Amazing vision of the future.

At February 27, 2007 at 6:43 PM Anonymous said...

Anyway this says anything to you, Ben?(are the tiny-lasers vcsels?)

At March 2, 2007 at 9:28 PM Anonymous said...

This technology has not been implemented yet. It will make Novalux's laser cheaper to manufacture. Could be a year away.

At March 8, 2007 at 4:39 PM Anonymous said...

Hey maybe some of the people that were laid off in November, could use it to find jobs that aren't being shipped overseas.


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