While we have all heard about Google Glass, there are other wearable ‘Eye Tech’ innovations out there. Ioptik eyewear systems have been around since 2010 and unlike Google Glass, do not identify the wearer as wearing ‘Eye Tech’ as overtly as Google’s does.
I’ve seen Glass and I think it is cool. It’s a little Borg like and by tester’s own admission it does take a couple hours to get used to. I don’t know if its just because it is new or if its because you have to consciously use your peripheral vision.
The Augmented vision that has been around since 2010 but not in mainstream news, truly augments your vision in interesting ways. It uses a two part system, glasses that project imagery and contact lenses that simultaneously filter the real world and the projections to make it seem that it is all really there.
The drawbacks I can see are people being more distracted and the inability to tell if someone is using it and therefore act accordingly, think driving situations. If you couple it with a ‘driverless automobile’, however, you may have hit a home run. (Any auto manufacturers that take advantage of this please note: I’d like my money delivered every month in an unmarked shoe box, shoes that would fit Andre the Giant).