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Vision Angle Extending Glasses

Because Turning Your Head is Tedious
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The brain is excellent at processing visual information. The visual cortex is a pretty fancy piece of computing hardware. You can look at far-away large objects and comprehend that there's a lot of stuff contained within a couple of degrees of arc, conversely you can look at, say, a pen lid, close up and it's pretty trivial presence can occupy a large portion of your field of view. Point being, the visual cortex has a lot of built in adaptability.

Now, take a common or garden variety headset with screens on the inside. Your eyes scan around the screen, and if the images are presented the right way, can derive all sorts of distance/dimension information. Now, human eyes can only move so far up/down/left/right. If you want to see beyond a certain angle, you have to move your head, which is boring. How about a whole bunch of cameras all around the headset? Software would stitch the various images together to give a continuous 360 degree stereoscopic view. The headset would track the users eyes, and scroll the view on the screens accordingly. A bit like some game maps scroll about when your mouse gets to the edge. Eventually you should be able to look vertically up, all the way around the back, everywhere. It would be massively disorientating to drop a new user straight in, so a training regime would add a degree or two of range per day.

Motorcyclists are expected to be early adopters of the initial large & clunky versions since helmets already look like this.

bs0u0155, May 20 2015

Hyperscope http://www.grand-il...rscope-Kit-718.html
It's all done with mirrors. [zen_tom, May 21 2015]

Not exactly https://www.youtube...watch?v=CMWfPv2n84c
Careful of the letterbox [4and20, May 24 2015]

Ahem...Extensible eyes for human Extensible_20eyes_20for_20humans
[not_morrison_rm, May 24 2015]


       //Motorcyclists expected to be early adopters//   

       Motorcyclists' children expected to be early adoptees.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 20 2015

       Was in a meeting earlier about organ waiting lists, the deaths associated with not getting transplants and the costs of clinical support due to failing organs. Dialysis alone is a minimum of $30k/year. I pointed out that it was in the health insurers' interest to give out free motorcycles. More deaths would be a real money saver. Apparently that was in poor taste, and no, I shouldn't take the group through my working.
bs0u0155, May 20 2015

       You say that, but if a motorcyclist crashes into a dialysis machine...
MaxwellBuchanan, May 20 2015

       //motorcyclist crashes into a dialysis machine...//   

       Then everything larger than 10 kDa will stay on this side?
bs0u0155, May 20 2015

       I wonder how fast a motorcyclist would have to be going, for his kinetic energy to be sufficient to convert his entire body mass into small molecules...
MaxwellBuchanan, May 20 2015

       A motorcyclist goes into a bar....
cudgel, May 20 2015

       There once was an old Moto Guzzi...
normzone, May 21 2015

       // Motorcyclists children expected to be early adoptees //   

       "Motorcyclists orphans expected to be early adoptees"
8th of 7, May 21 2015

       //Was in a meeting earlier about organ waiting lists// - synthesizers, portable keyboards and electronic pianos are all available as cheaper alternatives.
hippo, May 21 2015

       //all available as cheaper alternatives//   

       I made a similar gag earlier on in the meeting, no sense of humour these medics.
bs0u0155, May 21 2015

       //There once was an old Moto Guzzi...//
For which nothing rhymed except "footsie"
This made the fifth line
Very tricky to rhyme
Coz whatever they tried was no good, see?
MaxwellBuchanan, May 23 2015

       I've been thinking about something like this for a while now… maybe using HoloLens or castAR technology for the display, and with some other kinds of sensors as well as cameras… and maybe built-in airbags in case you fall…
notexactly, Jun 07 2015


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