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"For the sciences, the way to change science's perception of things is to wait until all the old farts have died off."
- Larry Niven

Data Goggles  
  Eyewear connected to a computer provides total immersion in the matrix.  

The world of Snow Crash offers a display that is short of actually connecting your brain to the Internet.

He is wearing shiny goggles that wrap halfway round his head; the bows of the goggles have little earphones that are plugged into his outer ears.

The earphones have some built-in noise cancellation features. This sort of thing works best on steady noise...

The goggles throw a light, smoky haze across his eyes, and reflect a distorted wide-angle view of a brilliantly lit boulevard that stretches off into an infinite blackness. This boulevard does not actually exist; it is a computer-generated view of an imaginary place.

From Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Bantam in 1992
Additional resources -

A similar device is mentioned in William Gibson's 1996 novel Idoru - the eyephone.

If you are interested in a real-world analog to the sound system on data goggles, see the Science Fiction in the News story on Thump Eyewear.

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