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The coming wave of techie headgear
With the exception of Bluetooth earpieces, there hasn't been much in the way of headgear available to the gadget-obsessed of late. That's all starting to change, however. As Google Glass leads the way toward a sophisticated (and kind of silly-looking) future, more plans for techie eyeware have come to light.
While Google had teased the project as long ago as April, the splashy demo the company gave at its Google I/O developers conference dramatically raised Google Glass' profile.
Not to be outdone, of course, Apple was recently granted a patent on a similar type of eye-mounted computer.
Even though the well-known sunglasses maker said that it's been working on a system that projects images directly onto a lens, it's also had the Thumps – which feature a built-in digital music player – on the market since 2004.
While you're unlikely to be able to (safely) jump out of an airplane while wearing it, Epson's Moverio head-mounted display could be great for sitting quietly on said airplane and watching a movie.
2AI Labs says its O2Amp glasses can let people – medical professionals, we sincerely hope – see blood flow beneath the skin. This will no doubt be very useful for diagnostic medicine, as well as creeping the hell out of people.
The EyeSeeCam detects the movement of a user's eyes and adjusts the position of attached cameras accordingly. Interesting, to be sure, though we're having a hard time coming up with groundbreaking uses off the top of our head.
On the other hand, of course, these have a clear and unambiguous use: looking cool.
Pivothead video recording eyewear
Can't wait for Google's Project Glass? Try these video glasses on for size. Pivothead Video Eyewear lets you record video of your extreme adventures.
Yeah, we're not sure what's going on here either. But it certainly illustrates that the sky is truly the limit when it comes to geeky headwear.