Hey Google: Here's Proof People Don't Want To Wear Computers On Their Faces

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Yesterday, Google released a design concept video for Glass, its plan to build computerized glasses that display information like alerts from your friends and maps of your location.Google said it wanted to hear people’s ideas.

Here’s ours: do something else.

There have been many attempts to convince people to wear computers on their faces. Apart from specialised industries and the military, none of them have been successful.

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So here's what Google is proposing. It's just a design concept, but the basic idea is that you'll wear glasses on your face that

But it did spawn this hilarious promotional video:

The VFX 3D was another early virtual reality helmet. According to one reviewer, it was simply a set of virtual reality glasses stuffed into an old VFX helmet shell.

Eventually, the idea went mobile. Icuiti built these video glasses that plugged into devices like the iPod video. Here's a video of their demo at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show. The company appears to have disappeared -- its Web site now defaults to 3M.

Learn more on the Cybermind Web site.

The latest trend is AUGMENTED reality, where you see the real world with computerized objects on top of them. This is what Google is doing. But it's not alone: here's a set of AR goggles from Vuzix. They cost about five grand.

Google isn't alone in thinking that this crazy idea has potential. Microsoft recently filed a patent for these virtual reality gaming goggles.

So did Sony.

Apple even toyed with the idea, filing a patent back in 2008 for an iPod head mounted display system.

So is Google really serious about this? Or was this just a marketing stunt? We'll find out in the next year, if these things ever come to market.

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