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4/5/2012 02:29 PM EDT
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swohler   4/5/2012 3:00:51 PM
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It's a cool concept but Project Glass will have to get away from an antenna near the temple region if they don't want users concerned about SAR from wireless components. Also, based on that form factor, it will be fairly difficult to design all of the electronics into the device without investing in custom ASICs. Power supplies (including battery), wireless devices with EMI shielding, a processor, storage, audio and video codecs + analog interfacing. It will be a challenging design task for sure. Maybe some variant of the DaVinci processors would do the trick?

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chanj0   4/5/2012 5:32:43 PM
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Fascinating concept! The user may see something different from what the video shows given the form factor. I am really interested in knowing how comfortable wearing it. In addition to the technical challenges, the distraction to the user needs to be accessed properly. Cell phone talking while driving is already proven to impose dangerous to the road. I don't know how well people interact to the environment with multiple screens in front of them. Maybe, assisted driving and assisted walking will help.

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Robotics Developer   4/5/2012 8:19:48 PM
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Neat idea! I wonder how long it will take before they stereo it and allow users to download and watch videos. I would think that gamers would like this as an added view for 3d gaming..

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t.alex   4/5/2012 9:07:33 PM
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How does this work actually?

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CPG   4/5/2012 9:49:59 PM
I would hope that the things turn off while someone is driving a motor vehicle or aircraft, or while performing neurosurgery. May we assume that the device includes short-range terrain analysis to keep wearers from falling down open sewers or stairwells?

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pbolenbaugh476   4/6/2012 3:16:18 PM
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This resembles the MIThril project from the late '90s -- Google "mithril glasses" -- only with bigger databases, better AI, and more compact hardware. I expect to run into a lot of well-informed, distracted people in the near future -- pun intended.

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rick merritt   4/6/2012 3:55:52 PM
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I agree that there are really hard and fascinating design challenges in battery, semiconductor, display and voice recognition technology to make this viable. It may be a 10-20 year stretch goal.

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selinz   4/6/2012 6:58:42 PM
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It's hard to believe that 2008 would be first attempt to patent this concept. Remember that Google now owns 50+ years for Motorola patents.

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selinz   4/6/2012 7:00:07 PM
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Also, when I saw those specs, I assumed that they were short range wirelessly connected to some device being worn by the user. Thus, SAR concerns would be no different that a cell phone with a bluetooth tranceiver.

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t.alex   4/6/2012 10:39:55 PM
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Seems the device can project content into the eye..

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