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"I share the view of Pythagoras that the world is number. The ultimate substrate of the universe is math. There's no way to test that - it's pure metaphysical speculation."
- Bart Kosko

Projection Rig  
  A portable holographic projector.  

One of Gibson's gifts as a writer is to take gritty street scenes and then add a single element of high technology; in this case, a humorous feeling is added.

Somebody was playing a trumpet in the asphalt square that had been the parking lot, a rambling Cuban solo that bounced and distorted off the concrete walls, dying notes lost in the morning clatter of the market. A soapbox evangelist spread his arms high, a pale fuzzy Jesus copying the gesture in the air above him. The projection rig was in the box he stood on, but he wore a battered nylon pack with two speakers sticking over each shoulder like blank chrome heads. The evangelist frowned up at Jesus and adjusted something on the belt at his waist. Jesus strobed, turned green, and vanished. Mona laughed. The man's eyes flashed gods wrath, a muscle working in his seamed cheek. Mona turned left, between rows of fruit vendors stacking oranges and grapefruit's in pyramids on their battered metal parts.
From Mona Lisa Overdrive, by William Gibson.
Published by Bantam in 1988
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I can't remember its name, but I recently saw a very specialized backpack for gamers. The backpack actually has room for the game equipment; the speakers are on little wing-like compartments that can be folded out when in use, just as described here.

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