Someday humans and computers will meld to create cyborgs. But instead of waiting for it, Martin Magnusson, a Swedish researcher and entrepreneur, has taken the first step and created a wearable computer that can be slung across the body.
Magnusson has hacked a pair of head-mounted display glasses and combined it with a homebrewed machine based on an open source Beagleboard single computer. Packed into a CD case and slung across the shoulder messenger-bag style, he is ready to roll.
A computer is a window to the virtual world, says Magnusson.
“But as soon as I get up and about, that window closes and I’m stuck within the limits of physical reality,” he says. “Wearable computers make it possible to keep the window open. All the time.”
God forbid you should ever have to leave the virtual world and have actual human contact. Is this another example of increasing isolation of individuals from society? Years ago there was a science fiction novel about a society where people never left their apartments and the idea of contact with another human was repugnant. Are we getting there?