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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Emperor Norton

This raises several questions:

What kind of soon to be blind idiot would wear contact leans in a full contact sport?

Do people enjoy losing sparing matches enough they would look that the cool 3d enhanced scenery and not at the guy trying to punch them in the face?

Who is the nerdy dork who thinks getting punched in the face isn't exciting enough that is need special effects?

Arcadia Codesmith

I think ten years is hopelessly optimistic for digital contacts.

But I think they could launch wireless specs any time, if the market is there.

I don't know if kung fu is the killer app, but the Society for Creative Ananchronism and Live-Action RolePlaying groups would love what Hamlet's describing.

But for anything approaching mass market adoption (and economy of scale prices), you're going to have to cobble together a wide range of potential users; geocachers, historical reinactors, tourists, joggers, paintballers, heck, maybe even forensic investigators and police/military trainers.

I'm certainly in favor of seeing this technology mature and flourish, but as an adjunct to existing virtual worlds, not a replacement. Older gamers like myself are not always up for a RL bout :)

Extropia DaSilva

Hamlet should read 'Rainbows End' by Vernor Vinge, which imagines just the kind of augmented-realities he talked about here. I reckon he would like that novel.

Anyway, this AR would certainly bring new meaning to Obi-Wan's advice 'your eyes can deceive you; don't trust them'.

Dizzy Banjo

Bring it on !! :) we can start making steps in these directions today, I really hope to be involved with as many projects that do as possible over the coming years.

The Vernor Vinge 'Zones of Thought' series are on my list Extropia, I keep hearing good things about them, from many interesting people - including you!

Halting State by Charles Stross is a great book for this kind of thing too.

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