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Yeah right (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547147)

Did you RTFM?

Spectacles (2, Interesting)

Big Mark (575945) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547150)

I already wear glasses, will this work with me?

Re:Spectacles (1)

Jacer (574383) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547193)

Are you near or farsighted?

Re:Spectacles (4, Funny)

Big Mark (575945) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547208)

Depends on how ugly she is and how drunk I am... Normally farsighted though. What difference does it make?

Re:Spectacles (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547242)

It should not be a problem.
In the picture, the display is around four inches from the face. There is enough room to wear glasses as well.

Optics in camera viewfinders etc are still useable with glasses, so this should be too.

Re:Spectacles (2, Insightful)

Big Mark (575945) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547308)

The optics in... well anything assume that the glasses I wear cover the viewfinder/eyepiece/whatever - which is a reasonable assumption, as if I am looking through a camcorder or telescope eyepiece then I will be looking directly at it, so the glasses will lie between the eyepiece and my pupil.

Of course "tall" aviator-style glasses cover the entire field of view with corrective lenses and so they'll work, but as lots of (most?) people wear "short" fashion specs the part of the field of view that is occupied by the LCD display may not intersect that part of the display occupied by the lens.

Will glasses still work then?

Re:Spectacles (2)

nwbvt (768631) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547400)

I would think that it would be adjustible. If it is too low, you could probably raise it higher, though then it would be more likely to obstruct your vision. I would thus suspect these would work best for people with perfect vision or who wear contact lenses.

I can tell you right now there is no way I would be able to use this thing. I'm farsighted and in order for me to comfortably read something it has to be at least a foot away from my eyes, even when wearing glasses. Now that I think about it, don't optometrists generally recommend that you don't read things at that close of a range anyways?

Re:Spectacles (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547849)

Actually, I am more concerned with eye health.

We were always told not to read or watch TV too closely. How healthy is it to put a light source inches from your eyes for significant amount of time?

Wow. (3, Interesting)

Power Everywhere (778645) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547151)

I never thought we'd get to the point where people had to attach televisions to themselves. I can already hear the bickering over usage rights while driving. I'm beginning to think that John Titor wasn't so wrong.

Re:Wow. (3, Informative)

Pingular (670773) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547162)

I'm beginning to think that John Titor wasn't so wrong.
For those that don't know: John Titor [] .

Re:Wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547285)

how is this flamebait? besides, how does this have anything to do with John Titor?

Re:Wow. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547298)

I never thought we'd get to the point where people had to attach televisions to themselves

They have for years. They do not sell very well as TV on a watch was a) to expensive b) tiny screen c) poor reception...

We have had wearable lcd's for years. Have one on my arm right now. I call it my watch...

Re:Wow. (1)

mikael (484) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547334)

It would be good for road driving if you could have a map of where you were going displayed below your view of the windscreen.
Especially if it could tell you which lane you should be in, and which direction you should go, in order to make the correct intersection change on the freeway. Or maybe it could be used for driving in foggy/rainy conditions.

How many accidents have been caused by someone trying to read a map, while trying to drive at the same time?

Re:Wow. (1)

bob65 (590395) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547535)

Why would you need a headset for that? Wouldn't it make more sense to have the map on screen slightly below (or even transparent on a corner of) the windshield?

Re:Wow. (1)

mikael (484) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547670)

It would make more sense, but a projection system for a windscreen is far more expensive than a headset mounted LCD display. For a windscreen, you need a bright light source, reflective mirror and a large projector, all in order to generate a image large enough to cover the visual field, which can just as easily be generated by a small LCD display close to the eye.

Wow, How Dumb (1)

reporter (666905) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547380)

How can anyone efficiently multitask two different tasks: 1 task via normal vision and 1 task via the LCD panel?

Let t1 = time to do task #1. Let t2 = time to do task #2. Let cxt = context switch time.

Doing the 2 tasks sequentially requires t1 + t2 units of time.

Doing the 2 tasks concurrently requires t1 + t2 + cxt.

"cxt" is the cost paid by the workers in being unable to concentrate because of constant switching between tasks.

Re:Wow, How Dumb (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547435)

You are thinking of efficiency purely in terms of throughput, but you should also consider latency.

If you need to be able to devote some time to two tasks and not ignore either task for more than x amount of time, this kind of situation makes sense, even if the total time is greater than doing so sequentially.

Re:Wow, How Dumb (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547557)

This isn't completely valid. Think of the following scenario:
You're looking at two screens, on the top one is a word, on the bottom one is either black or white.
You're instructed to read the word aloud from the top one and raise your left hand if the bottom one is white, right hand if the bottom one is black, and to do both as fast as possible.

Are you telling me that you couldn't do that faster by doing both at the same time than if you looked at just one screen, did what you needed to, then looked at another screen and did what you needed to?

As long as the two tasks you're multitasking don't require the same "processor resources" in your brain, you can easily parallel them, reducing the time it takes to do them, although, most likely not halving the time.

i loev (0, Troll)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547155)


Poll Troll Toll (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547156)

What's better...

Wearable LCD's []
Sex with a mare []

I'm Retiring... I need YOU! []

Re:Poll Troll Toll (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547166)

How on earth is parent redundant? Parent should be modded up, this is a very important question.

Re:Poll Troll Toll (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547183)

i just don't get moderators these days... at first i was just angry that someone would dare mod a Poll down, then i saw the link at the bottom and realized that that is an incredibly informative comment! People need to see it, mod grandparent up.

Re:Poll Troll Toll (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547190)

mods; redundant???? i thought you had to be intelligent in order to get mod points (make intelligent comments to get modded up).. but i guess that's not the case? perhaps it's true that all you have to do to get mod points is post something that agrees with the majority's opinions (ie pro linux pro left anti microsoft anti right)

How do I use it with glasses? (5, Funny)

Crusty Oldman (249835) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547164)

How do I use it with glasses? I'm an old man, and can't see anything closer than three feet away WITH glasses. How the heck am I going to read that tiny screen?

Re:How do I use it with glasses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547318)

Tri-focals of course ;-)

Re:How do I use it with glasses? (5, Funny)

RealProgrammer (723725) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547353)

Don't use a glass, use a tippy cup. Otherwise you'll spill your vodka all down your shirt.

Re:How do I use it with glasses? (1)

vena (318873) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547472)

bifocals, grandpa!

Re:How do I use it with glasses? (1)

Skadet (528657) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547510)

You'll read it because it appears to be 10" from your eyes. if you can read something at 10", you'll likely be able to use this.

not to be pedantic, but... (0, Flamebait)

CracktownHts (655507) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547172)

...this is Slashdot. so:

LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display.

Now that that's over with, you may resume posting without R'ing the FA.

This is slashdot, so.... (5, Funny)

vidnet (580068) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547312)

$400 for this thing when I can write up some hack for a gameboy and duct tape it to my face?

Re:This is slashdot, so.... (1)

Performaman (735106) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547619)

Or run a VT100 emulator like Telenet83 Plus on a TI graphing calculator (which can be had on eBay for 30->40 dollars), and mount the screen in front of you eye. Connect the calculator to a 'nix laptop's serial port, and you have a HMD.

Re:not to be pedantic, but... (1)

michaeldot (751590) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547789)

I guess if they installed LCD displays on ATM machines for entering your PIN number, it would drive you nuts!

Death by EMI (1, Interesting)

Lindar The Bard (715062) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547174)

Have they effectively eliminated EMI or are they just going to let people die of eye cancer?

Re:Death by EMI (1, Insightful)

p4ul13 (560810) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547241)

I thought LCDs don't produce EMI because they don't use an electron gun like a CRT does.

Yes / No ? I really am not sure here...

Re:Death by EMI (3, Interesting)

workman161 (814490) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547388)

No, LCD doesn't emit EMI radiation. But this makes me think of another question... Are there any long term effects from using it? Like eye strain, or headaches, or nausea?

Re:Death by EMI (1)

Plaid Phantom (818438) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547571)

Since this isn't even out yet, I doubt it has been around long enough for studies to have been done on that yet.

Re:Death by EMI (1)

fireboy1919 (257783) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547714)

EMI? No, it'll make you mutate and give you super-powers, but only if you're pure of heart.

Or if you have a name like "Doktor Devious."

Seriously, though, is this one of those religious things? I've heard this before, but didn't really believe that people would follow it then. Mysterious rays that you can't see cause cancer because everything does?
EMI from a device like this is in the form of visible light, radio, and microwaves. Same for cell-phones, microwaves, TVs, etc. The worst you can get is burned. Like when hot things burn you.

Feeling burned? No?
Then everything is fine. []

YES!!!! (5, Funny)

fireboy1919 (257783) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547175)

I plan to be the first person to cause a fender-bender from a chatroom.

Re:YES!!!! (5, Funny)

Rob_Warwick (789939) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547201)

Honestly officer, I thought my hand was on the gearshift! Yes, of course it was a map.

Re:YES!!!! (5, Funny)

Tenebrious1 (530949) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547405)

I plan to be the first person to cause a fender-bender from a chatroom.

Just to let you know you misspelled "porn".

Re:YES!!!! (0, Troll)

Saeger (456549) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547463)

"Great Googly Moogly Goatse [] !"


so? (3, Interesting)

Yonkeltron (720465) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547176)

this is pretty neat. now i will be able to watch babylon 5 reruns and code at the same time. but then again, what kind of a device will this display hook up to?

Re:so? (1)

michaeldot (751590) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547771)

If you were using Mac OS X, you could do this anyway, courtesy of Aqua's every-pixel-is-double-buffered-and-alpha-channeled thing.

If programming in a Unix shell, go to Terminal > Window Settings > Color, and slide the Transparency slider to reveal the DVD Player behind...

If in another app, install WindowShade and you can make any app's window semi-transparent, eg, surf the web with Firefox while watching DVDs behind the window.

I actually do this from time to time, working and being entertained in the same visual space. (I don't think it's good for productivity though!)

Could be a big thing (4, Insightful)

jridley (9305) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547181)

If they perfect these things, I'd use one as my normal monitor. I have no particular love of having a big ass thing on my desk (even an LCD). If it covers the same apparent field of view, I'd go for it.

Combined with a folding keyboard, this could help portable computers get a lot smaller too.

Odds are it draws a lot less power than a full size LCD panel; should help portable PC power consumption as well; I think the LCD is one of the major power hogs.

Re:Could be a big thing (1)

TheRealStaunch (781450) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547428)

The only reason I wouldn't use one of these is if they couldn't get the resolution very high, anyone find specs anywhere on what these are capable of?

Re:Could be a big thing (4, Informative)

Saeger (456549) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547445)

Even better than a LCD HUD is a Retinal Scanning Display (RSD) [] , but the tech isn't as mature yet. RSD's have a long list of advantages over LCDs and CRTs [] .


Re:Could be a big thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547511)

I dont care how safe they say the laser is, i dont want lasers being pointed into my remaining eye.

Re:Could be a big thing (2, Funny)

eikonos (779343) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547465)

And if you had one of these instead of a monitor at work, you could browse pr0n without having to alt-tab quickly when someone comes up to your desk!

Re:Could be a big thing (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547860)

No hard information is available, not even expected resolution. There have been headsets available for a long time, I don't remember them ever hitting VGA in better than monochrome. It hasn't caught on yet, and Mitsubishi is not saying why this one will beat the odds.

The power savings doesn't seem to be that significant except for maybe battery life.

A 17" panel takes around 30-40W, which is in line with the fact that backlights are basically special flourescent bulbs with some sort of light distribution material, sometimes fresnel type.

One question (5, Funny)

TimmyDee (713324) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547187)

Does the back of the miniature display flash "NERD" for everyone else to see? You know, in case it wasn't obvious.

Re:One question (1)

fatphil (181876) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547387)

It's big enough to display

| porno |

Oh, you wanted non-obvious. My mistake.


Nah ... (2, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547649)

Does the back of the miniature display flash "NERD" for everyone else to see?

Doesn't need to. The utility belt with the palm, pager, digital camera, and a bandolier of batteries and flash cards is usually a dead giveaway. ;-P

vga input? (3, Insightful)

weighn (578357) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547189)

the article suggests it only takes a tv signal. I'd like one of these for my flight simming. My desk just can't bear one more monitor.

Re:vga input? (2, Informative)

Skadet (528657) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547532)

the article sugguests no such thing.

SCOPO can be attached to any device that can feed video like cell phone, laptop, PDA, DVD-player, etc.

It implies that it may take an RCA (composite) output. No big deal, right? Shoot, my Viper v550 have composite-out.

Hmm... (2, Funny)

CompSurfer (759218) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547196)

Looks like a Jem'hedar viewscreen kinda.

Re:Hmm... (1)

Mazem (789015) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547494)

Looks like a Jem'hedar viewscreen kinda.
Indeed []

The R-Zone Returns? (2, Informative)

HideEverFree (808079) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547198)

Tiger (maker of cheapo LCD games) put out the R-zone game machine in the '90s. One form of the R-Zone was a headset with a controller attached. A clear piece of plastic flipped out over the player's left eye.

Res, res, res (3, Insightful)

condour75 (452029) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547207)

The video is cute and futuristic but what's the resolution? If it's under 800x600 it's kind of useless. 1024x768 and I'd consider it, although I can't see it improving my sex life.

Re:Res, res, res (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547248)

"although I can't see it improving my sex life."

sure it will, you wear it while having sex with your ugly girlfriend and but imagining its the pornstar on your eye monitor.

DPI? Power? (2, Funny)

RealProgrammer (723725) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547235)

TFA and TFV didn't say much about the specs.

I wonder what the display output will be?

It's obviously powered by thought-wave absorbtion, so that's the good news. No batteries!

Great for laptops/PDAs (3, Interesting)

for_usenet (550217) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547243)

This should be a really neat way to get rid of power hungry displays. This device will draw some power, but hopefully, by virtue of its size, nowhere near the amount of a conventional laptop or PDA display. It should definitely open up some interesting possibilities. Imagine being able to shut off your laptop display, with this plugged into the VGA port, and drawing it's necessary power from a powered USB or Firewire port. Mmmmm ... Tasty ...

Re:Great for laptops/PDAs (1)

WolfWithoutAClause (162946) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547824)

Certainly the backlighting current would be slashed, because the area of display is so much smaller; so for the same intensity you need a tiny, tiny fraction. The drive circuitry (including 3D rendering card :-) ), would be pretty similar power though.

Still, you might be able to double battery life for the same battery size.

Then there are are low power processors like Transmeta's.

The other heavy current device is the hard-drive. It's getting to the point where replacing that with camera-style flash memory is getting to be closer to cost-effective.

I guess the ultimate small/longlife laptop replacement system would have datagloves instead of keyboard.

Maybe with WiFi and 3G connectivity the system might actually be geeky enough to actually be chic , or not :-)

Move along people... (5, Funny)

Gentlewhisper (759800) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547252)

Bill Gates already got this. Remember the picture of him we see on slashdot?

Projection (2, Interesting)

Big Mark (575945) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547256)

I'm wondering - is there any chance of projection into the retina in a device like this?

You get LCD alarm clocks that project images of the time onto the wall already, surely it's only a matter of time before VDU images are projected into the retina...

Re:Projection (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547434)

is there any chance of projection into the retina in a device like this

All images which we see are projected on to the retina by the lens in the front of the eye. This is no different

Synthesized Speech? (1)

stefanb (21140) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547257)

The voice over on those videos sounds strange. It's probably better that having a Japanese sound track, but it's freaking me out...

Finally (1)

amalcon (472105) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547261)

Finally, there's a production model of something like this. Maybe those memory prosthesis prototypes being worked on at MIT, among other places, will come to market before too long?

And that's in addition to all the more generally in-demand applications.

*sigh* (3, Insightful)

Seabass55 (472183) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547284)

"users who need to perform multiple tasks simultaneously"

Or maybe people should simply unplug once in a while and enjoy some of the real world. All I can imagine is some idiot using this while he's driving and causing an accident...this is far worse than cell phones. Yeah sure there's a power advantage like someone mentioned above for laptops...we'd be better off spending money on designing new longer lasting batteries than this thing.

Re:*sigh* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547433)

Hmmmm... Oh... And you think the electric centrals don't make pollution ?

But, well, I think this thing is only for people want to show everybody that they are technological freaks :p (What ? I'm feeling that I'm one of these ? nooooo... hmmm.... well maybe a little bit :-/ lol)

(Escuse me for my bad english, I'm french...)

--- Jon1012

Re:*sigh* (1)

DLR (18892) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547623)

Wearable computer are not new, and have multiple proven uses in the workplace already.

One example is when building/QCing an aircraft (mil or civ) you can either lug a cart with several 5,000 page notebooks for current specifications in addition to the cart with all your tools/instruments, or wear an 802.11 system with small display where you can search out the specs for the exact section you are working on at the moment.

mindgames (1)

whovian (107062) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547290)

As long as it leaves me with a pleasurable sensation that I don't have to go Risa, I'm all for it.

How about you, Wesley?

Mmmm... Foreigner (1)

xombo (628858) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547311)

It's just like my favorite song, Head Games from 80's super-group Foreigner.

Resistance is futile ... (1)

arhar (773548) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547314)

... kill me now, please!

Just more proof... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547320)

...that the porn industry drives technology. I need to be able to look at porn at all hours of the day, especially during work, but I need to do it in privacy. Thanks, Mitsubishi!

driving (2, Funny)

nktae (753573) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547324)

Is anyone else having images of the same idiot that eats a borrito while talking on his cellphone while looking at a map while driving using this behind the wheel?

Obligitory Star Trek DS9 reference (1)

Rogue Leader (786192) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547336)

Sadly, there will only be two of these. . . One for the Vorta and one for the Jem Hadar First. And they frame will flash all quick-like when you use them.

Not getting my "cash" yet (2, Funny)

n54 (807502) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547349)

Tell me when they've made contact lenses with built-in "wifi" and powertransmission, and they go completely transparent by thought control (semitransparent otherwise). The resolution needs to be at least 1280x1000 as well. "The world is your desktop background" :)

Preferrably they would take input by thought control but even if not I'd spend at least 3K$ per lens even if I had to take up a loan...

Re:Not getting my "cash" yet (1)

Skadet (528657) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547604)

Dear "Consumer"

As "soon" as we get all the "features" worked out, we'll be "sure" to let you "know".


Not exactly old hat but.. (2, Funny)

Chocolate Teapot (639869) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547355)

Here [] is the original version.

mo3 dowN (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547395)

both eyes ? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547398)

I didn't read the article but I'm thinking how cool it would be to have a system like that would force it's image into the retina. Imagine having your desktop consume your entire field of view ?! Instead of a display sitting 3 or 4 feet away, all you would experience and see is your computers desktop/commandline/etc about being immersed !! Is that possible ? Or would we need neural link-ups for that ?

Would the average programmer end up working more efficiently if that were the situation ??

Linus Ackbar!

Re:both eyes ? (1)

C_REZ (568254) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547508)

and screw up ur retinas? geez just connect straight to the brain.

Re:both eyes ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547522)

yeah d00d, because itz just so eazy to interface directly with the brain in the year 2004, right? buy a clue! the brain is complicated. and the vision part of it is the mostly complicated.

Re:both eyes ? (1)

C_REZ (568254) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547612)

u took dat serious? what is serious is retinal damage.

I can't feel my teeth (-1, Troll)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547453)

first post!
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employment. (1)

C_REZ (568254) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547466)

job applications will have a check box for the question "able to wear headset monitor for extended periods". then ater a few years there will the attorneys specializing in scopo-syndrome lawsuits.

It's only missing one thing, and that's... (1)

Bin_jammin (684517) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547537)

A helmut. I can't imagine how many people will be wearing this thing walking around bumping into things. You think people are ignorant of the world around them while on a cell phone? Wait until someone's walking around watching a rip of The Simpsons on dvd, or the most recent Daily Show. I fear trying to drive around the person wearing one of these. Unless it comes with a big bullseye bumper sticker...

Just to get it out of the way... (-1, Offtopic)

Skadet (528657) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547587)

Just to get it out of the way...


You know, now that I think about it, #2 & #3 ARE #4.

Re:Just to get it out of the way... (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547757)


Multitasking Generation (5, Interesting)

izomiac (815208) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547641)

Has anyone else noticed the impossibly fast evolution of multitasking ability?

People over 70 have trouble doing one thing at one time

People over 55 seem to have trouble walking and cheqing gum simultaniously

People over 30 think that they can drive and talk on a cell phone at the same time

College and high school students can take note on a laptop while carrying on 6 simultanious AIM conversations while paying enough attention to the teacher to know if they are growing supicious

What's next... babies with tenticles [] ?

Never gonna be big (1) (321932) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547643)

Hold your finger about 3-4 inches away from your nose. Now focus on it for a couple of minutes.

'nuf said.

Re:Never gonna be big (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547711)

They have these new wonderful inventions called lenses.

extinction (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10547706)

And you were afraid we were an endangered species... just wait till we ahold of these...

Multiple Tasks (1)

NiTr|c (130325) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547765)

Like, brushing your teeth, putting on makeup (shaving for guys), eating, changing lanes, and swearing at everyone else on the road because they are "crazy drivers."

Yes, I know people who do this. Yes, I am ashamed.

Cost only $400 (2, Interesting)

Stevyn (691306) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547770)

That may still seem expensive to slashdotters who know the ins and outs of finding cheap hardware on the Internet, but this is the automotive industry. When purchasing a new car, an extra $500 may get you a decent audio system that would cost $300 at Best Buy. So considering their normal markup, this isn't a bad price for an unnecessary upgrade.

I guess this will have to do (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547787)

I guess we'll have to put up with this inconvenience until they come up with the implanted-at-birth direct neural interface.

New interactive Sex Tutorial........ (1)

hcob$ (766699) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547817)

Now all they need is some "educational" sex instruction tapes to pipe into the screen so most guys can see how it's supposed to be done and you won't have half the female population complaining about how they wish their guys were better in bed. I can' see it now... "Here honey, I got you this new toy!"

Ever Read Snowcrash? (1)

Laebshade (643478) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547825)

I'm surprised no one has mentioned this sounds like the beginning of a "gargoyle" [] from SnowCrash.

"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."
"Gargoyles are no fun to talk to. They never finish a sentence. They are adrift in a laser-drawn world, scanning retinas in all directions, doing background checks on everyone within a thousand yards, seeing everything in visual light, infrared, millimeter. wave radar, and ultrasound all at once. You think they're talking to you, but they're actually poring over the credit record of some stranger on the other side of the room, or identifying the make and model of airplanes flying overhead."
"There's also a gargoyle in one corner, patched into a bigger-than-normal laptop, mumbling to himself."
"I decided I wasn't spending enough. So I got a beltpack machine. Smallest ever made, I'm walking down the street with this thing strapped to my belly. It's really cool"
"You're a gargoyle."
"Yeah, but it's not like having all this clunky shit strapped all over your body?'
"You're a gargoyle. Listen, I talked to one of these wholesalers."
"She says she used to be a hacker. She saw something strange on her computer. Then she got sick for a while and joined this cult and ended up on the Raft."

Two sides to this coin- (1)

Hao Wu (652581) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547826)

Looks like another toy that our town will demand for every student in the school system, whether they need it or not. (And guess who's paying...)

Excuse me while I curse incoherantly... (2, Insightful)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 9 years ago | (#10547842)

Okay, I'm done. Now my big question is simple:

Anyone can buy a Gameboy Advance with a backlit LCD for about $79.

Anyone can buy a digital camera with built in 1.5" LCD for $120.

Anyone can buy a 15" LCD display for their PC for $300 on average.

So WHY is it that a monacle LCD using (technically) less technology costs 3-4 times that price? It's bloody stupid.
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