Noah J Nelson on Monday, Feb. 10th
For a minute there I was worried. What appeared to be the quintessentially dorky technology–Google Glass–is being spotted in the wild with alarming frequency. So much so that it is almost starting to seem normal
Scientists at Keio University in Japan have averted the “peak dork” disaster we have all been headed for by unleashing this demo video for the Neurocam. This device combines the power of the Neurosky Mind Wave Mobile brainwave reader, the computational might of an iPhone and the aesthetics of 1980s video game peripherals to create a piece of wearable technology that no human being will ever look cool using.
Sergey Brin probably has five of them already.
What does it do, besides rival the pocket protector has a badge of nerdly courage? The device uses the Mind Wave Mobile to gauge interest and automatically record videos of things the users find interesting. Like the dog butt featured in the video above.
This is, of course, just a prototype. According to Kurzweil A.I. “the researchers plan to make the device smaller, more comfortable, and fashionable to wear.”
Look: this stuff is actually fascinating… but it is exceptionally hard to take seriously when the demo video is of a girl with an iPhone strapped to the side of her head.