The Future Is Here

immortal sunglasses POVIf you were like me, then it wasn’t long ago that you were prophesying that “before long” we’d have implants or cameras on us at all times that recorded everything we see. Well, welcome to the the future. They’re not implants, and of course you look like a Cylon if you actually sported these suckers, but the spectacles pictured here are getting closer to the future of 24/7 coverage of human life.

There have certainly been a number of prototypes out there for a while, but it looks like they’re starting to hit their stride. IMHO the marketing vids for these guys are…er…ah…yeah. But the tech specs of these Immortal glasses are getting interesting:

_4GB storage space
_ Resolution 736×480 (Video)
_ 3 Mega Pixels
_ 25 frames per second
_ Two-button control for ease of use
_ Built in 500mAh battery (2.5 hours of running time) Voltage 5V DC
_Interchangeable lenses; polarized flame orange, polarized dark gray and clear.

On one hand, it’s clear that these glasses are pushing POV and helmet-cam to the next dimension. On the other hand, and perhaps more interesting is that we’re finally having to face the question: do we want our lives recorded all the time?

Personally, I’m …excited at the application of what becomes curated and shareable from all those bits and bytes, and it certainly could get really weird fascinating if when you begin to think of tapping into a live feed of from your Facebook friends. Imagine RSS-style video coming at you from my any number of your Facebook friends in real-time. Whoa.

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do these glasses also record sound?

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Ajani says:

When can we get contact lenses by Immortal?

Amazing idea.

matt haines says:

Call me an old-school Luddite if you will, but there is already too much useless data in the world. The last thing I’d want is to tap into someone else’s nose-cam. If you’re always inputting, you’re never outputting. This is just one more device to add to the noise that I’m trying to trim from my life.

But you can bet the porn world will adopt them first, as with all technology. :)

Carroll Owens says:

Great!! Now we can spend 1/2 of our time here on Earth documenting everything we do and the other 1/2 watching the video. Good Lord, spare me.

Jim Powell says:

I bet one day in the future (maybe the distant future, who knows), they’ll have this technology in contact lenses. And it’ll probably send a wireless signal to a hard drive where the video is stored. Then it’ll REALLY captures what you see, pupil movement and all. THAT would be cool!

Richard says:

Such a great outcome! Congrats!

CJ, Those are hideous! I’ll wait for the Ray Ban version.

Robert says:

News story on the U.K. police head mounted camera which is helping them acquire convictions.

Read more here:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19750278/

Chase says:

The movie “Truman” comes to mind here…

@Callum – you know, I agree with you 1000000% (doesn’t exist, I know, just to emphasize). The problem today is not the availability of cameras, it’s the noise to quality ratio.

And that’s not because most people aren’t gifted, its that there is little thought that goes on between the idea and the art. Something like this only weakens the already tenuous link between the two.

Anything that strengthens the link is good – like having your camera with you at all times to conciously take pictures, or if you haven’t got it with you, that you at least pretend you do, and create art in your thoughts.

But just putting this on and walking out and forgetting the art, is going to lose art.

On the other hand; putting this thing on and going out to look at the world in a new way is going to give some way cool results, with some way cool art.

Art cannot be destroyed by anything, except thoughtlessness. Camera’s don’t take pictures, people take pictures (to paraphrase a rather different slogan) ;-)

Cheers Joe

Jerard says:

I need these things just so I can review and remember where I was yesterday. Sometimes it gets tough. Once they improve the memory capacity we can actually stop using our real brains to recall things. Which is, honestly is so tiring and often ethereal and inaccurate. Just press “rewind” and “remember” what you read, who you spoke to, what time it was when you took that phone call. Dovetails nicely into the Facebook reality. Where there is no reality.
But I want one! Cool find Chase!

Alice C says:

I love that you watch BSG!
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Alex#1 – The UK police have had cameras built into their helmets for quite a while now.

As for the concept, I think the porn industry will love it, but for the rest of us ….

Naaa, It’s already too noisy without adding more (see Ben Elton’s “Blind Faith” for an example of where we’re heading rapidly)

I’d rather small drips of quality that you can savour and enrichen than be awash with mediocre content and voyourism that wastes it. It’s like comparing BBC Wildlife to Soap Operas

People need to get on with living and sharing (physically) your own life rather than wasting it watching others live theirs. Can you tell I’m not a fan of pap mags ;)

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Alex says:

It will be interesting to see how various eavesdropping laws will come into play. Many US cities already struggle with putting up cameras for police. States like Illinois have well defined laws in place especially if you record someone else’s conversation without their permission.

Alex says:

…coming soon to every law enforcement officer in America (and every wannabe Terminator).

Josh says:

Obviously, these aren’t the end-all-be-all. Look five years out and you’ll have a smaller, sleeker device that will hold days to weeks of footage, or just stream it, and have the battery to power it without recharging. I think the “real” problem as this becomes more viable will be making sequential sense from all the footage and “noise”.

I certainly wouldn’t want to be an editor tasked with putting days of footage from multiple sources from scratch. Maybe we’ll have software with some serious AI to go through, sync the footage, do facial recognition, split everything up into “shots” and “sequences”, rate the shots for steadiness, sound quality, composition and lighting, and then spit out a rough movie. That’d be cool. Who wants to code it?

Raji Barbir says:

Super cool, super bad.

Here’s the REAL problem; history and human nature tells me that our greatest discoveries become the source of our greatest troubles.

Splitting the atom anyone?… Yeah…

Whoa! I can see a big future in vids of stuff you really don’t want to be looking at…

Austin Joffe says:

The main problem I see with these is the 4gb of space before you have to back up. This is, about 25minutes of recording time? Is there an alarm? Do you need two pair so you can still record as you’re backing up? – this is if you’re recording your life of course. But, the amount of space on something like that would be more of a nuisance than anything. Great when you need both hands, or if you’re in tight spaces, which then brings the question of, how are they in low light?

If I were to get these, I would need to have two pair. At this point we’re looking at roughly $640 USD.

Matt says:

I just deleted my facebook. I have had enough of hearing every useless though my “Internet friends” have. If it advances to me having to actually watch Joe cook the scrambled eggs. Ugh. No thanks. There defintely are some cool applications for the glasses but for me, watching some guy brush his teeth is not one of them.

Cole Bennett says:

Just wanted to give you a virtual high five for this comment. Couldn’t agree more. I don’t think the majority of us have grasped the actual social changes coming about with the attempt
of emulating community online. Of course, there is such a thing as beneficial online community, but I think we need to rcognize and set boundaries for it. I know kids who have grown up with it and can’t remember the days before texting and Internet. Ate they aware of what they have been born into, or will they slap those glasses on their credit card and start “cooking scrambled eggs” live for their friends to watch?

c.d.embrey says:

” … special launch price of £249.00 (RRP £299)”

c.d.embrey says:

GBP is 1.4973 http://www.oanda.com so US price is $372.83. So it’s reasonable.

Dane says:

Would be useful for skating and such. No worrying about holding them. Wonder what kinda price range

Mark says:

Seems great, but there will be some problems gaurantee. The helmet cam idea is quite cool though.

daniel says:

You should use them on your live shoots so we can all see what you see n_n a new dimension to that movie of being john malkovich or something like that.

Interesting but is it better than a Flip? or a Helmet Cam of some sort?

I guess the advantage is that you don’t have to hold it with your hand, and it aims at whatever you look at.

Still in its current iteration I suppose its good for voyeurs, law enforcement and possibly porn.

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