Wearable computing is poised to hit the mainstream. Last week, Google demoed its Project Glass prototype, an Android-powered display, camera, GPS locator and Internet node built into a bulky pair of glasses. On Thursday, Olympus announced its own Terminator specs. They may look silly, but they’re the beginning of a new era of computing.
Olympus’ MEG4.0 connects to smartphones and other devices via Bluetooth, and it displays data and imagery directly on its lenses. It’s comparable to what Google demoed last week, except Google Glass packs more computing power and has a camera built in. Olympus’ product has a limited feature set compared to Google’s and, as VentureBeat argues, is notably uglier. More important than the feature-for-feature comparison, however, is what both products represent in the broader context of how humans interact with computers.