First...before we get into the "GOOGLE GLASSES" I think it's imperitively important to not this: Interesting don't you think, that ALL OF THE OPHTHALMOLOGISTS that held the "REFERENDUM" on the Emergency LASIK Ophthalmic Panel on April 25th, 2008 are ALL WEARING GLASSES...? Either A: LASIK didn't work for them and they regressed and are now back into glasses. Or B: They won't do LASIK on their own eyes!
Now that the first sets of Google Glass—those not hovering above the right eyes of Google employees—are infiltrating the world at large on the noses of normal people, anxieties about the dilemmas of ubiquitous wearable computers are quickly solidifying: manners are being debated, rules posted, laws considered. Those qualms are not new. In July of last year, a few months after the initial announcement of Google Glass, Steve Mann, a pioneer of wearable computers and a professor at the University of Toronto who had worn “a computer vision system of some kind for 34 years,” claimed that he was assaulted by McDonald’s employees in Paris, who tried to remove his EyeTap digital eyeglass, even though, as he noted, it was “permanently attached and does not come off my skull without special tools.” The device Mann was wearing is similar in appearance to Google Glass—remarkably so, given that it was originally designed in 1999. It is perceptibly bulkier and less elegant; the older, larger computer parts attached to the thin aluminum frame assert themselves more aggressively against the organic life-form behind them. It functions differently, although some of the applications are the same.
While Google Glass is largely characterized by a small heads-up display that floats above the right eye and displays content like weather or directions—it is not an augmented-reality device—the EyeTap more directly mediates vision as an eyepiece. “That which the user looks at is processed by the EyeTap,” says a company Web page. “This allows the EyeTap to, under computer control, augment, diminish, or otherwise alter a user’s visual perception of their environment.” Mann’s permanent attachment to his device is possibly more profound than the simple physical connection between flesh and metal: when it was forcibly removed and damaged at an airport in 2002, Mann “fell at least twice in the airport” and “boarded the plane in a wheelchair.” Afterward, the New York Times reported:
Since losing the use of his vision system and computer memory several weeks ago, he said, he cannot concentrate and is behaving differently. He is now undergoing tests to determine whether his brain has been affected by the sudden detachment from the technology.
HOW DO "GOOGLE GLASSES WORK?"
...At LASIK CENTERS!