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"I feel like I've been very fortunate in that I've stuck like a burr to the dog-leg of the next generation of nerdism. I've been carried into the XXIth century on Bill Gates' pants-cuff."
- William Gibson

HUD Glasses  
  Integrated glasses and projector provides a portable heads-up display for augmented reality.  

Price pulled an intricate and expensive-looking pair of sports sunglasses from the box. It was sealed in yet another plastic bag...
They were stylish, with yellow-tinted lenses and hip frames, but the posts were unusually thick. Price also pulled a thick beltlike device from the box. He glanced at Sebeck and started adjusting a strap. “Just take me a sec. You’re a what, size thirty-eight?”
"...HUD—heads-up display. It’s an interface to the Daemon network."
He held up the belt and clicked a battery into place. “Ready. Here, put this on.” He handed it to Sebeck. Price was fiddling with the glasses. “The belt’s a combination satellite phone, GPS, and wearable computer. Methane-oxide fuel cell battery’ll last for about three days. Works in conjunction with the glasses..."
“It’s got a retinal scanner and a heart pulse sensor. If you’re a member of the network and still alive, it knows who you are and what your rights are. It senses the moment you take them off. Put ’em on, you just logged on. Take ’em off, you just logged off.”
Suddenly, Sebeck’s lenses blinked, then information appeared at the top and bottom of the “screen.” He focused on Price and was surprised to see a name call-out box hovering over Price—just like in the game The Gate. Price’s screen name was apparently ChunkyMonkey...
But what riveted Sebeck’s gaze was the translucent apparition of Matthew Sobol sitting behind the big mahogany desk, hands folded, as if waiting patiently... "...This is a Temporal Offset Projection, Sergeant—it’s an interactive 3-D avatar projected over the GPS grid. It’s only visible and audible in your HUD glasses.”
Sebeck studied the spectre. He flipped up his glass lenses. Sobol disappeared. He flipped them back down again and Sobol’s spectre returned. “It’s a private dimension.”
From Daemon, by Daniel Suarez.
Published by Dutton in 2009
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Compare to magic spectacles from Pygmalion's Spectacles (1935) by Stanley G. Weinbaum, video glasses from Islands in the Net (1988) by Bruce Sterling, Tru-Vu Lenses from Earth (1990) by David Brin, data goggles from Snow Crash (1992) by Neal Stephenson,eyecaps from Starfish (1999) by Peter Watts and overlay specs from Halting State (2007) by Charles Stross.

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