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The Military Is About To Get New Augmented Reality Spy Glasses

samzenpus posted about 4 months ago | from the all-the-better-to-see-you-with dept.

The Military 58

schwit1 writes in with this story about some interesting new eyewear purchased by the Defense Department. Getting secret information to specific people, like the location of the nearest nuclear power plant, in a way that doesn't draw attention from outside is a classic spy problem. Another one is giving agents the ability to match names to faces in the real world, at blackjack tables and fancy soirees and other places spies frequent. The Defense Department is buying some new spy specs to give spooks in the field an intelligence edge over everybody else. The glasses, called simply the X6, are from San Francisco-based Osterhout Design Group. They look like the lovechild of Google Glass and the Oculus Rift, providing more information to the wearer than the small window on Google's much-maligned headset but not obstructing vision like the Oculus Rift. (Admittedly, for spy glasses, they lack a certain subtlety.)

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Spy glasses? (5, Insightful)

chihowa (366380) | about 4 months ago | (#47329579)

Augmented reality glasses sound awesome, and these look much more interesting than Google Glass, but I'm not sure spies are the market here.

From the article: "Admittedly, for spy glasses, they lack a certain subtlety." A bit of an understatement, I'd say.

Re:Spy glasses? (3, Funny)

Jannie Ogg (1207912) | about 4 months ago | (#47329711)

Imagine their reception at the blackjack table.

Modding (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 4 months ago | (#47331105)

As stated by TFA:

They look like the lovechild of Google Glass and the Oculus Rift, providing more information to the wearer than the small window on Google's much-maligned headset but not obstructing vision like the Oculus Rift. ( Admittedly, for spy glasses, they lack a certain subtlety )

If the military can do something like that, so can we

After all, this is what modding is all about

They don't HAVE to be used for spying, of course. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47329727)

You realize that augmented reality glasses don't necessarily HAVE to be used for spying, right?

Let's say that you're an American man. Probably a Texan. You like to drive your big truck. You like to proclaim your freedom. But you've got a really, really small pecker. It's about an inch when hard, at most. So what do you do to remedy this? Well, you can't just make it larger without significant surgery. So you do the next best thing, and buy augmented reality glasses. You can sit there in your living room, in front of your 144" TV, using augmented reality glasses to make it appear as though you've got a big throbbing hard-on. So in my opinion, glasses like these could maybe even be considered a medical aide of sorts when used to help with a physical defect.

Re:They don't HAVE to be used for spying, of cours (1)

x0ra (1249540) | about 4 months ago | (#47329825)

The article is all about spooks using spy glasses which are.... well, less than subtle. Not complexed truck who want a bigger tool.

Re:They don't HAVE to be used for spying, of cours (1)

sumdumass (711423) | about 4 months ago | (#47330075)

Don't bother with him, he's a troll anyways. Everyone knows everything is bigger in Texas and Obama Care will pay for the surgery if his life story is true.

BTW, how to you ask someone if they are from Texas? You don't, you listen for a short time and they will just tell you. Or you can look him up on these glasses.

Spy glasses? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47329903)

Yeah, these stand out waaaay too much for undercover work. They might have some use, e.g., for communication within someone's security detail or something like that, but I don't think you could wear something like this and fail to attract attention. And that seems like exactly the sort of thing spies want to *avoid* ...

Re:Spy glasses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47329933)

Yeah, but they know that we know...

Re:Spy glasses? (2)

sumdumass (711423) | about 4 months ago | (#47330051)

I'm not sure spies would avoid this. These appear to be glasses I would actually not mind wearing. Outside of a brick on the side, they look like sunglasses with a safety lens over them. But they actually resemble a pair of glasses unlike Google's Glass.

Anyways, with a sufficient population having something similar, they could actually blend into the population with them.

Re:Spy glasses? (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 4 months ago | (#47331127)

These appear to be glasses I would actually not mind wearing.

Actually, I was expecting them to look a lot worse . . . when I looked at the picture, they don't seem too far different from the high-end fancy sport sunglasses that I have seen in stores. The ones where you can clip on multiple filters, and stuff.

I think that they look better than Google Glasses, because they don't have that Colonel Klink or Borg monocle look. I do a lot of riding on trains, and these look like they would be perfect for me, when I want to zone out.

They would also look less menacing that Google Glasses, because it would be obvious to anyone around that I am NOT looking at them, but at whatever is on my screen. Let's face it . . . Google Glasses already have a bad reputation, never mind whether it is warranted or not. For some reason, I think that something like this might have a better chance of not scaring off people. Just because it would be obvious that I am immersed in the glasses. I would be just like sitting in a corner with an Occulus Rift on my head . . . just less dorky.

Re:Spy glasses? (1)

flyingsquid (813711) | about 4 months ago | (#47331205)

The idea that there's a technological fix for every problem is a very American attitude, and this idea seems particularly widespread in military circles. The fact of the matter is that the CIA is incompetent, and no amount of technology in the world can fix the fact that our intelligence agency is run by idiots. To cite just a few examples, the CIA screwed up on WMD in Iraq, failed to anticipate the Arab Spring, was caught off-guard by Putin's invasion of Crimea, and despite repeated warnings from the Kurds and others, failed to anticipate the recent moves by ISIS to take territory in Iraq. To be fair, predictions are hard, especially about the future. And it's hard to take credit for crises averted, or things that go on behind the scenes, so it may well be that the CIA occasionally does something right and we don't hear about it. All the same, these idiotic glasses seem to sum up everything that's wrong with the CIA. What next, will they try assassinating someone with an exploding cigar? Oh, wait...

Re:Spy glasses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47331263)

Wish I had mod points. +1 insightful.

Re:Spy glasses? (1)

sumdumass (711423) | about 4 months ago | (#47332551)

I think the idea behind the technological fix behind everything stems from trying to get more out of less people. Of course there are ares stuff like this might be more than helpful. But on the whole i think you are right.

Re:Spy glasses? (1)

Blackajack (1856892) | about 4 months ago | (#47332067)

There is already a lot of people that wear something like this, it's not actually that much different from my driving/sport glasses. Since you can't curve corrective lenses, the only ways to keep wind out of your eyes are either a double-lens arrangement or goggles..
Just move as much hardware as possible into pocket or a humongous pair of earphones, make them as futuristic/80's/freaky/conspicuous as you can, accessorize with a cap and a track-suit(UK) or a beard plus silly and/or 'ironic' t-shirt(US) and you've got an instant excuse for both loitering and completely ludicrous headgear.

Re:Spy glasses? (2)

BillX (307153) | about 4 months ago | (#47330143)

Heh. For our military this seems very counterintuitive. AFAICT the push in recent years has been toward anything that reduces unnecessary cognitive loading in heated situations, and frees up their tactical senses (eyes & ears) generally. At my day-job a recent project was a tactile display vest specifically to replace voice and hand-arm signaling, keeping soldiers' eyes and ears free for other matters. Basically a dense array of vibrotactile drivers (like what makes your phone buzz) that can display messages on the skin, which is basically "unused bandwidth" thus far. Blocking vision with AR, and in a very obvious way, seems counter to this trend.

Re:Spy glasses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47330185)

You've said too much, son.

Spy glasses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47330231)

If everyone started to wear them, they would become subtle.

Spy glasses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47331051)

Exactly. First they sell to rich early adopters so they can show off. Then you'll get the budget version that looks cool but not ubercool. Of course, the backing software won't be geared towards spies. It will be for gaming, casual face recognition, seeing what barcodes and product numbers mean, "titty highlighting", fake "see through clothes apps" and so on.

  Then they get so common that spies too can use them. Nobody will suspect a spy - just another glasshole! Of course the spy version will have different software. Terrorist recognition, and whatever else they need.

Re:Spy glasses? (2)

Harlequin80 (1671040) | about 4 months ago | (#47330279)

These look awesome! I would so be lining up for these. Not to mention they specifically mention my killer app for wearing glasses - the face recognition!

I've played with Google Glass a few times and my complaint has always been the screen was too small and it should work as an overlay. If these did that!

Queue glasshole hatred now.

Spy glasses? (1)

HughJazz (3715809) | about 4 months ago | (#47330539)

Gathering Yahoo webcam images of random naked people isn't enough for the GCHQ and NSA. This technology will ensure they see us naked all the time.

Re:Spy glasses? (1)

erroneus (253617) | about 4 months ago | (#47330671)

I see the next evolution as such devices being issued to police and local military forces operating in the US. They can and likely will be used to issue orders and directives about targets further disabling human choice and decision making. You may have already heard about the "zero hesitaiton targets" being used in police and other government training. It is surprisingly hard to overcome humanity and morality in government employees, but they are working VERY hard to overcome it and rather successfully I might add. Keep in mind that's one of the core issues with the use of drones. They remove "humans" from the morality and humanity of a situation, turning deadly operations into a score-keeping video game with a great deal less accountability and conscience.

Or I could just call it "terminator vision" and hope people understand the depth of what I mean.

Re:Spy glasses? (1)

erroneus (253617) | about 4 months ago | (#47330781)

To add clarity to the topic, I see the change in tactics and tactical advantage as extremely disturbing.

The shift is from combat and other conflict engagement to robotic herd management where machines are used to cull the herds of human resources out there.

Re:Spy glasses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47330797)

They remove "humans" from the morality and humanity of a situation, turning deadly operations into a score-keeping video game with a great deal less accountability and conscience.

Or I could just call it "terminator vision" and hope people understand the depth of what I mean.

Tell that to the drone operators who spend days or weeks surveiling a house (i.e. target) before receiving the order to blow it up. Apparently when you spend enough time watching the comings and goings that you can recognize individuals by their daily routine alone, it becomes mentally and emotionally difficult to cause their death.

Re:Spy glasses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47333083)

Sounds like they are wasting money on reinventing something that already exists: the Epson Movario BT-200.
It's a bit less clunky, and it's available now to the public.

Puts on glasses... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47329821)

OBEY

Re:Puts on glasses... (1)

Adambomb (118938) | about 4 months ago | (#47330725)

Always down with a They Live reference.

more toys... (1)

epyT-R (613989) | about 4 months ago | (#47329901)

more toys at taxpayer expense...

Re:more toys... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47330025)

GPS, Penicillin, transistors, microchips, nuclear power, autonomous systems, arpanet(internet), communication systems, advanced optics, radar. Hopefully there will be plenty more toys. Now shut your mouth and go pay your taxes. :)

Re:more toys... (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about 4 months ago | (#47330089)

most of the things you list are due to warfare, not having fun

Woosh (2)

Overzeetop (214511) | about 4 months ago | (#47331413)

Really? The whole point of the GP post was that nearly all of the technological underpinnings of our modern, leisure-infested lifestyle are the result of governmental (and much of it military) research. I hate war as much as the next liberal, but it seems that the efforts of short-sighted humans are focused by the desire to be able to kill as many people as possible as easily as possible. Without it, we'd still be monkeys. Now if we could just quit the actual killing of people we'd be making some progress.

Re:more toys... (2, Insightful)

epyT-R (613989) | about 4 months ago | (#47330531)

Yeah nice false dilemma there. Just because some good comes of it at times does not mean we should just accept the status quo of rising taxes, rising inflation, and diminishing returns. On the flip side we have:

1. bio warfare
2. nuclear weapons
3. autonomous robot weapons
4. electronic surveillance
5. speeding fines that have nothing to do with safety
6. e-waste

Now shut up and go reread the bill of rights.

Re:more toys... (2)

Beezlebub33 (1220368) | about 4 months ago | (#47331637)

Yeah nice false dilemma there. Just because some good comes of it at times does not mean we should just accept the status quo of rising taxes, rising inflation, and diminishing returns.

Only, we don't have rising taxes. Right now inflation is at or below what the Fed generally goes for. I don't even know what you mean with dimishing returns. And none of these is strongly related with military or intelligence R&D.

On the flip side we have:

1. bio warfare 2. nuclear weapons 3. autonomous robot weapons 4. electronic surveillance 5. speeding fines that have nothing to do with safety 6. e-waste

Now shut up and go reread the bill of rights.

Humans have misused almost every scientific and technological advance. They are short-sighted, greedy, and oppress their fellow humans. None of this is a surprise. However, things like the 'toy' that the OP complained about, and the list of negatives that you give, are not a reason to stop progess. The human race is better off, living healthier, more connected, safer lives, due to the creation of 'toys' paid for by taxes, even taking the negative effects into account.

Re:more toys... (2)

AHuxley (892839) | about 4 months ago | (#47330481)

Recall how well the wig was used
"The name is Blond... James Blond: Russia set to expel US 'spy' caught wearing a shaggy wig as he offered millions to agent to switch sides" (15 May 2013)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new... [dailymail.co.uk]
"Red-handed? Russia ‘catches CIA spy on Moscow recruitment mission’" (14 May 2013)
http://www.independent.co.uk/n... [independent.co.uk]
Giving your spies even more complex equipment might just make for even more photogenic press reports.
Keep the spying face to face with simple items any local tourist, student or academic might have.
The more complex the spy kit the more it will be used, then detected and shared with the worlds press.
Anybody of real importance will not let any foreigner near them.
Anybody else will let any foreigner or tourist near them.
The only win in this is the sale of the product, support and maintenance contracts to the US gov.
Launder ex mil staff as aid workers is always a good front. Use faith based groups to hide ex mil staff. Multinational telco workers contracting for a private sector upgrade are good cover too.

location of nearest nuke power plant? (3, Interesting)

iggymanz (596061) | about 4 months ago | (#47329937)

now that is funny, even a basic non-smart net10 phone with primative browser can pull up that info, it's quite public. Information about people and resources moving in and out of one might be better example of something that might be transmitted

location of nearest nuke power plant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47331017)

You don't say... The whole article was absolutely ridiculous. The glasses are far from unnoticeable (laughable to even suggest that) and the nuclear power plant thing just makes you facepalm through your head.

E: Captcha "sexist" _

normally id be all for this. (3, Interesting)

nimbius (983462) | about 4 months ago | (#47329953)

if this were an education project or something i could have at my library id think this is awesome, but we spend more on defense than the next 4 largest spending countries combined. we're constantly sold on the idea that america is broke, so broke that an entire party of the government often times refuses to increase our debt limit. nearly every american highway is riddled with potholes, highschool kids have to pay a portion of their textbooks in many cases, and the entire city of detroit is about to cut off water service to a quarter of its population. The only thing that ever seems to happen in america is war. we dont have the cash to keep street lights on anymore, but we sure as shit have cash to burn for training some syrian rebels. it didnt work the first or second time, but we sent troops back to iraq for a third round of 'father knows best' diplomacy by the gun, and now we have augmented reality for the troops? How about this:

we give them augmented reality but it is designed to simulate a life after 2 tours with stop-loss, a GI bill that no longer pays for college, a medical system thats underfunded and crooked, the hallucinations and nightmares from PTSD, and the constant struggle of putting a shirt on with only one remaining arm. and in 5 years when the defense department finds a way to sell it to civillians like they did the hummer and the barret 50 caliber rifle, it can be recalibrated. here it will simulate a reality where the user has a well paying job, affordable housing, healthy food to eat, clean air and water, social healthcare system, and a highway as nice as the one we built in afghanistan.

Re:normally id be all for this. (4, Insightful)

SumDog (466607) | about 4 months ago | (#47330259)

1984 and Brave New World were never intended to be user manuals

Re:normally id be all for this. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47330459)

1984 and Brave New World were never intended to be user manuals

Of course not. These are developer manuals. It has been deprecated in Brave New World, but Fahrenheit 451 has instructions on how to proceed when users begin reading the wrong literature.

Re:normally id be all for this. (1)

stephenmac7 (2700151) | about 4 months ago | (#47331855)

We might spend more money on defense than other countries (which happens to be the most important part of our budget, though I'm not saying it's not a tad large), but it helps to look at the budget as a whole [nationalpriorities.org] . Only 16% of the said budget is spent on defense. Our problem is that the whole pie is too big ($3,900,000,000,000 or $3.9 Trillion).

Re:normally id be all for this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47332255)

Ironically the only item in your list that the Federal government should be paying for is the interstate highway. A decent toll system run by the states would fix even this issue, though. The other item, war, is also a federal responsibility. Textbooks and streetlights are handled by your local government. You should educate yourself on the roles of various levels of government in the U.S. Then you will know whose performance us actually disappointing you.

Re:normally id be all for this. (1)

flyingsquid (813711) | about 4 months ago | (#47335579)

if this were an education project or something i could have at my library id think this is awesome, but we spend more on defense than the next 4 largest spending countries combined. we're constantly sold on the idea that america is broke, so broke that an entire party of the government often times refuses to increase our debt limit. nearly every american highway is riddled with potholes, highschool kids have to pay a portion of their textbooks in many cases, and the entire city of detroit is about to cut off water service to a quarter of its population. The only thing that ever seems to happen in america is war. we dont have the cash to keep street lights on anymore, but we sure as shit have cash to burn for training some syrian rebels. it didnt work the first or second time, but we sent troops back to iraq for a third round of 'father knows best' diplomacy by the gun, and now we have augmented reality for the troops?

There is unquestionably a lot of wasteful military spending, but complete disengagement isn't necessarily the answer. If Obama had moved to support the Syrian moderates earlier- instead of just saying he'd support them and doing fuck-all- then perhaps the Syrian extremists wouldn't have taken over a third of Iraq. If Obama had negotiated to keep on troops in Iraq, perhaps the country wouldn't have fallen apart so quickly. If Obama hadn't completely walked away from Iraq, then maybe Maliki wouldn't have pushed the Sunnis out of power, leaving the country receptive to a takeover by Sunni militants. Powell's Pottery Barn principle also applies here: you break it, you buy it. Maybe we shouldn't have gotten involved in Iraq. Ok, *certainly* we shouldn't have gotten involved. But we did; and it wasn't just a George Dubya Bush thing, pretty much the whole country either supported him, or else was indifferent enough to go along with it. Yes, the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites goes back centuries... but under Saddam they weren't slaughtering each other. The fact that they are now is in large part due to U.S. intervention. As much as Obama and the rest of the U.S. would like to walk away from this disastrous mess, we got involved. We broke it, now we own it.

Snow Crash (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47329993)

Reminds me of Snow Crash:

Gargoyles represent the embarrassing side of the Central Intelligence Corporation. Instead of using laptops, they wear their computers on their bodies, broken up into separate modules that hang on the waist, on the back, on the headset. They serve as human surveillance devices, recording everything that happens around them. Nothing looks stupider; these getups are the modern-day equivalent of the slide-rule scabbard or the calculator pouch on the belt, marking the user as belonging to a class that is at once above and far below human society. They are a boon to Hiro because they embody the worst stereotype of the CIC stringer. They draw all of the attention. The payoff for this self-imposed ostracism is that you can be in the Metaverse all the time, and gather intelligence all the time.

The laser that kept jabbing Hiro in the eye was shot out of this guy's computer, from a peripheral device that sits above his goggles in the middle of his forehead. A long-range retinal scanner. If you turn toward him with your eyes open, the laser shoots out, penetrates your iris, tenderest of sphincters, and scans your retina. The results are shot back to CIC, which has a database of several tens of millions of scanned retinas. Within a few seconds, if you're in the database already, the owner finds out who you are. If you're not already in the database, well, you are now.

Handspring 2.0 (2)

wiredlogic (135348) | about 4 months ago | (#47330013)

This is a solution in search of a problem.

Re:Handspring 2.0 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47330411)

This is a solution in search of a problem.

Much of our military spending now falls into that category. Does it worry anyone else that we allowed ourselves to be run out of Iraq and Afghanistan by a bunch of militiamen armed with rusty Kalashnikovs and worn out Soviet era kit? Meanwhile we spend hundreds of billions on fancy pants fighter planes, warship designs that we build only one or two of at enormous expense before scrapping and now augmented realty glasses? Meanwhile, how many of our young men and women are obese, overweight or otherwise unfit for military service? It's time for us to get back to basics with our military budget or else we may find someday that it's no longer our decision to make.

Re:Handspring 2.0 (1)

AHuxley (892839) | about 4 months ago | (#47330559)

" Meanwhile we spend hundreds of billions on fancy pants fighter planes, warship designs that we build only one or two of at enormous expense before scrapping "
Something has to be able to get past layers of Tor, Panstsirs, Buk, S-300, Mig's, Foxhound's... will Russia really launch a few billion $ worth of upgraded cold war rockets and never catch the super stealthy f22?
Russia knows the f22 will always get past its layers of rocket networks.
Until then join and enjoy the sales to the US gov :)

How about soccer referees and augmented reality? (1)

Dr. Spork (142693) | about 4 months ago | (#47330819)

Am I the only one who has been thinking recently that soccer might make me less angry if referees had augmented reality glasses? For example, if they could instantly replay for themselves certain situations and rotate angles (enough data is already collected from cameras to make this possible), they would certainly make better calls! If nothing else, this would be a way to completely nail offsides decisions.

Re:How about soccer referees and augmented reality (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 4 months ago | (#47331141)

For this we'd first have to abandon the dogma that the clock has to keep running at all costs.

Re:How about soccer referees and augmented reality (1)

mu51c10rd (187182) | about 4 months ago | (#47332519)

Yet stoppage time is added at the end...why not just stop the clock for penalties and injuries instead?

Re:How about soccer referees and augmented reality (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 4 months ago | (#47337421)

Have you ever sat down with a stopwatch and checked just how long games actually are when you only count "pure" play time? You end up with about 20-25 minutes per half. Including injury time you're still at a laughable pittance of actually play time.

In other words, if they actually stopped the clock whenever the ball exits the play field, whenever a goal is scored, whenever foul play has to be handled... a game would not take those 1.5 hours it does now but would be closer to 3 hours.

And since I don't really think that one should have to endure that amount of time being dedicated to soccer, I should probably shut up...

Re:How about soccer referees and augmented reality (1)

Dr. Spork (142693) | about 4 months ago | (#47336099)

I was thinking that they could review previous events as the game runs, but I guess they could they could limit it to time after they blew the whistle and are deciding about cards. But offsides calls could absolutely be done in real time.

Re:How about soccer referees and augmented reality (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 4 months ago | (#47337433)

In huge tournaments like the currently running World Cup, with 30+ cameras pointing at the field with 20+ thereof pointing at wherever the ball happens to be, yes.

It won't work out for "normal" games.

Such a device would cost us a laugh (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 4 months ago | (#47331151)

I mean, one of the best scenes [youtube.com] of Star Trek history would never have existed with such glasses that make it unnecessary to ask for directions.

Subtle? (1)

nospam007 (722110) | about 4 months ago | (#47331299)

"(Admittedly, for spy glasses, they lack a certain subtlety.)"

That's a bummer. The US military has been famous for decades because of their 'subtlety'.

It's here already (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47331439)

Soldiers already have access to augmented reality when they relax at their local strip clubs.

the location of the nearest nuclear power plant (3, Insightful)

brian23059 (1747580) | about 4 months ago | (#47332005)

OR you could go to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's website (www.nrc.gov) and get the street address of every the nuclear power plants in the US, then look at them on Google Earth. If that doesn't do it, go to nukeworker.com and get driving directions from the nearest airport and the recommended hotels. Nuclear power plants are BIG. We don't rely on anonymity. We rely on walls, fences, and a LOT of people with guns.

They make ... (1)

PPH (736903) | about 4 months ago | (#47333073)

... everyone look like an enemy.

They have been always assholes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47335213)

Now the glass to the rescue....the true glassholes

do your research folks (1)

recharged95 (782975) | about 4 months ago | (#47336207)

Hey, let's write a article with nothing but buzzwords:

Oculus Rift
Google Glass
Spy
San Francisco

WTF? These have nothing to do with the heavy/HD crappy (1080p not so good 1" away) Rift, Unusable [and 'jerk' label] Glass, Spies? This is DoD C4i not the CIA, and of course... all the geekdom in frisco (World revolves around Frisco... according to Silicon Valley).

These are glamified knock offs to the Epson Moverio. Right down to the snap-in tinted shades. Don't know what it is? Look it up. And you can buy them now (I have a pair). They are basically OSDs, which the military needs. That is all. Yes they are cool, but really, all that above hype wasn't needed.

Heck hype it up when the 1st killer app comes out. No pun intended.

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