You might have read Sergey Brin's recent announcement that a Google spinoff company is now developing "a project to put computing inside a contact lens", a seriously cool technology with all kinds of potential applications. As it happens, one of Brin's lead researchers is Dr. James Cook, one of Linden Lab's very first engineers. And I don't mean "Dr." as in Dre -- along with being a programmer, James is also a medical doctor, making him perfect for the project.
"Technically I'm just part of 'Google Life Sciences' overall -- the contact lens is only one of the things we do," James tells me. "I work on the 'Baseline study'." That's this, a project to "create what the company hopes will be the fullest picture of what a healthy human being should be."
Details about Google's computerized contact lens project are pretty sparse so far, but you have to think an augmented reality display is almost by definition one of the applications that'll come out of it. If so, Dr. Cook can draw from his past experience at Linden Lab, where he helped create the very first early demo of Second Life, called LindenWorld: